West Ham host Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday in a repeat of the 2019 final at Wembley.
City ran out 3-0 winners on that occasion, and were 2-0 victors over West Ham when the two sides met in the WSL a fortnight ago.
The Hammers saw two clear-cut chances go begging during the pair’s last meeting, and City will have to be at their best to book their place in the final, where they will meet either Arsenal or Chelsea at Wembley.
When is kick off? Saturday 16 April, 12:15 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Chigwell Construction Stadium
TV channel/livestream? BBC One, BBC iPlayer (UK), FA Player (international)
Referee? Abigail Byrne
Maisy Barker is the only confirmed absentee for the Hammers, as she continues her long-term injury recovery.
A lunchtime kick off on a Saturday is a quick turnaround for both sides following the international break. Ten West Ham players were away with their countries over the last week, and will need to be assessed prior to Saturday’s semi-final.
Centre-half Lucy Parker thoroughly impressed in an unorthodox right wing-back role against Manchester City last time out, and could be deployed there once more to deal with the always dangerous Lauren Hemp.
Vicky Losada is continuing her recovery from a knee injury, with Gareth Taylor stating that Saturday’s fixture will likely be ‘too soon’ for the Spanish midfielder. She could be in contention to return next weekend.
Alana Kennedy enjoyed a spate of Twitter fame during the international break after suffering a broken nose and grinning through the pain. She is being assessed and is in with a chance of featuring against the Hammers – and will likely be sporting a face mask originally made famous by Alex Greenwood earlier in the season.
Greenwood withdrew from the recent England squad due to a knee injury, but Taylor confirmed the centre-back was ‘moving nicely’ ahead of the clash with West Ham.
West Ham: Arnold; Parker, Fisk, Flaherty, Cissoko, Longhurst; Brynjarsdottir, Hasagawa; Evans, Walker, Leon.
Manchester City: Roebuck; Bronze, Kennedy, Greenwood, Stokes; Walsh, Weir, Stanway; Park, Shaw, Hemp
The two sides played out a tightly contested clash in Dagenham two weeks ago where, had Adriana Leon and Claudia Walker been more clinical in front of goal, West Ham could have snatched a point. Parker did a thoroughly impressive job of keeping the usually destructive Hemp quiet.
West Ham have got the all important home draw that Olli Harder was hoping for, and although City should still have enough class about them to break the Hammers down and secure their progression to their third FA Cup final in four years, it will be a hard-fought victory.
Prediction: West Ham 0-1 Manchester City