General views of Academy Stadium Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women - SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Academy Stadium, Manchester, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

PREVIEW: Manchester City v Birmingham City

Manchester City will hope to move to the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table beating Birmingham City at The Academy Stadium this afternoon.

The Cityzens are currently two points adrift of Chelsea with two games to play but they could go top of the table with a win as Chelsea are in UEFA Women’s Champions League action.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor confirmed the continued absence of captain Steph Houghton with an Achilles injury. Full-back Megan Campbell also remains sidelined and is no closer to a return. Other than those absentees, Taylor is not thought to have any new injury concerns to contend with.

Birmingham City virtually secured Barclays FA Women’s Super League safety with a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in midweek, although it is not yet known whether they will face a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player against Reading last month. Head coach Carla Ward continues to work with a small squad with Abbi Grant, Heidi Logan, Connie Scofield, Lily Simkin and Gemma Lawley all out.

Manchester City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Birmingham City is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm and will be available for fans to watch live on the BBC Red Button.

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