Continental Cup holders Manchester City will be looking to reach the final for the third consecutive season when they travel to Arsenal on Wednesday.
This is a repeat of the past two finals with Man City winning on penalties last season to avenge a 1-0 defeat in 2018. The draw pitting these two sides together means that, for the ninth time since the competition was rebranded, at least one of Arsenal and Man City will be in the final.
In fact, only Arsenal and Man City have won the Continental Cup, with the Gunners leading the way with five wins to three. But the game will be about more than just that. Man City manager Nick Cushing will oversee his penultimate game in charge of the side before leaving to join New York City’s men’s team as assistant boss.
Can he lead Man City to another cup final, or will Arsenal ruin the farewell tour?
Read on for our Arsenal Women vs Man City preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Arsenal Women vs Man City Women and where can I watch live?
Competition: FA Women’s Continental League Cup
Venue: Meadow Park
Date: Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Kick-off: 7:30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): The game will not be broadcast on traditional TV but fans can watch online using The FA Player.
Last five meetings: Arsenal Women vs Man City Women
27 October 2019: Arsenal Women 1-0 Man City Women (Women’s Super League)
11 May 2019: Arsenal Women 1-0 Man City Women (Women’s Super League)
23 February 2019: Arsenal Women 0-0 Man City Women (Continental Cup)
02 December 2018: Man City Women 2-0 Arsenal Women (Women’s Super League)
12 May 2018: Arsenal Women 2-1 Man City Women (Women’s Super League)
Aggregate Score: Arsenal Women (WWDLW) 4-3 Man City Women (LLDWL)
Ones to watch
Arsenal Women: Danielle van de Donk
Despite their small squad, Arsenal are full of stars and one who perhaps goes slightly under the radar outside of the Gunners’ support is Danielle van de Donk.
The Dutch midfielder has been excellent for the Gunners this season across various positions, whether it’s playing alongside Vivianne Miedema in advanced positions or filling in as a wing-back when Joe Montemurro opts for a back three.
In particular, her partnership with compatriot Miedema is so key for Arsenal as Van de Donk often floats into attacking spaces left by the striker to get amongst the goals or set up teammates.
Man City Women: Keira Walsh
Like Arsenal, Man City have so many attacking stars but this often leads to their other players getting overlooked, such as Keira Walsh.
The 22-year-old is one of England’s brightest talents, often sitting just in front of the defence as a protective shield, but Walsh is about so much more than that. She’s also one of the best passers in Man City’s squad, capable of setting up play with defence-splitting balls, be it through the middle or from out wide.
Walsh is also threatening to add goals to her game, finding the net with an excellent chip in Man City’s recent league win over Birmingham City.
Arsenal have a very small squad to choose from and will be without new signing Caitlin Foord who is away on international duty with Australia.
As such there shouldn’t be too many changes from the team that beat West Ham in the FA Cup at the weekend, though Danielle van de Donk should return to the starting line up. Jordan Nobbs should also be fit again after picking up a knock against Chelsea earlier in the month.
Predicted XI: Zinsberger; Evans, Williamson, Quinn, McCabe; Little, Roord; Van de Donk, Nobbs, Mead; Miedema.
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Man City Women
With Janine Beckie away on international duty and Matilde Fidalgo seemingly out of favour, Georgia Stanway is likely to continue at right-back as she has done for the past few games.
Ellen White and Pauline Bremer are expected to lead the line with Caroline Weir and Walsh forming their usually spectacular partnership deeper in midfield.
Predicted XI: Roebuck; Stanway, Houghton, Bonner, Stokes; Scott, Walsh, Weir, Hemp; Bremer, White.
Matches between Arsenal and Man City are often close with very little separating the sides when it comes to quality.
The Gunners won the WSL clash earlier in the season 1-0 thanks to Miedema but the Dutch superstar hasn’t scored in 2020. However, Pauline Bremer is in wonderful form and, with the extra incentive of Cushing’s farewell, Man City might just edge this.