General view during the Belgium v Spain UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Quarter Final football match at Walsall FC Stadium, Walsall, UK on the 14th May 2018. Photo: Paul Currie for FA

PREVIEW: Aston Villa v Arsenal

Aston Villa and Arsenal will be hoping to finally play their Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture on Sunday, although the game is again seemingly in doubt.

The two clubs attempted to twice play the fixture last month but both games were postponed, first due to COVID-19 then as a result of the bad weather. The fixture has been rescheduled for this weekend but the pitch at The Banks’s Stadium is currently frozen, although temperatures are set to rise above freezing ahead of kick-off.

Aston Villa recorded their first home victory of the season last weekend as they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0. Villa’s opportunity to build on that win was taken away from them five minutes before kick-off on Wednesday evening when the Second City derby at Birmingham City was postponed at the last minute as a result of the freezing conditions.

Interim Villa manager Marcus Bignot will again be without long-term absentee Ella Franklin-Fraiture this weekend while Chloe Arthur, Ramona Petzelberger and Shania Hayles are also struggling with injury.

Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro is set to be without a whole host of players as his side prepare to travel to The Midlands. Viktoria Schnaderbeck, Steph Catley, Jen Beattie, Jordan Nobbs and Kim Little are all expected to remain sidelined while Caitlin Foord missed the midweek defeat at Chelsea with a knee injury.

Aston Villa’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Arsenal is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon should the game beat the weather. The match will be broadcast live on the FA Player.

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