General view before the start of the match Birmingham City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Sportnation.Bet Stadium, Solihull, UK - 04 Dec 2019 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

PREVIEW: Birmingham City v Aston Villa

All eyes will be on the Stadium for the latest edition of the Second City derby this evening, as Birmingham City and Aston Villa face each other in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Both sides will be looking to increase the gap between themselves and the drop zone at the expense of their local rivals. Birmingham City are five points clear of bottom club Bristol City while Aston Villa have just a four-point cushion.

The last time that these two sides played each other was in the first top flight meeting in November when Claudia Walker netted in the 72nd minute to ensure that Carla Ward’s side would be heading home with all three points. Birmingham City have not won in the four league games played following that encounter while they have only scored one goal in this time.

On the other hand, Villa come into this one on the back of a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, a game which was decided by Mana Iwubuchi’s early goal from distance.

It wouldn’t be a derby without a hint of controversy, and this one’s comes in the form of Aston Villa interim manager Marcus Bignot, who started his managerial career with a seven-year spell as Blues boss.

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture between Birmingham City and Aston Villa is scheduled to kick-off at 6pm this evening and is available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

Article author: Lewis Walsh

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