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PREVIEW: Manchester City v West Ham United

Manchester City’s defence of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup continues as they take on West Ham United at The Academy Stadium this afternoon.

The Cityzens have won the trophy in each of the last two seasons and they will be hoping to take another step towards winning the trophy for a third consecutive year when they face an improving West Ham United side in this afternoon’s fifth round tie.

Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor has a number of injury concerns to contend with goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, defenders Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes and Megan Campbell and forward Chloe Kelly all ruled out while Aoife Mannion will play no part after suffering an injury setback.

West Ham United travel to the North West on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City in their final Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture last weekend. The Hammers had kept four clean sheets in five league fixtures prior to that loss as the East Londoners continue to make progress under new manager Olli Harder.

The Hammers will be without defender Lois Joel and forward Adriana Leon for this afternoon’s fixture while Czech midfielder Katerina Svitkova has undergone surgery this week and will spend the summer rehabilitating. Republic of Ireland international forward Leanne Kiernan handed her manager a boost as she returned from long term injury last weekend.

The Vitality Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie between Manchester City and West Ham United kicks-off at 2pm and will be available for fans to watch live on City+.

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