Leicester City Women vs Manchester City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted line-ups and ones to watch.

Leicester City women host Manchester City women this weekend as last season's FA Women's Cup resumes at the quarter-final stage.

The Foxes, like their opponents, are unbeaten so far this season, both winning one and drawing one. 

In the previous round, Leicester defeated Reading 2-1 thanks to a Paige Bailey-Gayle double back in February.

City, who won the competition in 2017 and 2019, thrashed Ipswich Town 10-0 to set up Sunday's quarter-final.

The winner of the tie will face whoever comes out on top in Saturday's North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

  • Team news

Following the 2-2 with Sheffield United two weeks ago, Leicester were without only Ruesha Littlejohn, who was away with the Republic of Ireland, during the international break.

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The two-week break has handed Jonathan Morgan an opportunity to prepare his squad for the meeting of a Barclays FA Womens' Super League side.

City travel to Farley Way on the back of a goalless home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion two weeks ago.

Rose Lavelle, who signed for the Citizens in August, could finally make her debut for the club after missing the games with Aston Villa and Brighton.

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After appearing for the first time since her return from Lyon, Lucy Bronze will be assessed of the cup clash after picking up an injury before the international break.

Elsewhere, Gareth Taylor will be without Aoife Mannion, Megan Campbell and Lauren Hemp, who remained sidelined.

  • Predicted line-ups

Leicester City: Levell; Morgan, Howard, Tierney, Barker; Bailey-Gayle, Allen, Littlejohn, Smith; Farrow, Flint.

Manchester City: Roebuck; Stokes, Bonner, Houghton, Greenwood; Cooms, Walsh, Mewis; Kelly, Stanway, White.

Ones to watch

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After signing for the Foxes this summer from Blackburn Rovers, Natasha Flint has scored three goals in her opening two games, including a double against her former side.

Flint, a striker for the Morgan's side, has previously played for Manchester City whilst also representing England at the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Whilst at Blackburn, where she was there for three years, she won two titles and scored 70 goals in 66 games.

During her time at Sunday's opposition, Flint lifted the Continental Cup in 2014.

Like Flint, Georgia Stanway previously played for Blackburn, before completing a move to Manchester City in 2015. 

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In her debut season, she won the Club's Rising Star award following a memorable season, where the Blues qualified for the Champions League.

Only 21-years-old, Stanway continued to shine and was part of the side that lifted the FA Cup in 2017. After signing a new deal last March, she was awarded the 2019 PFA Young Player of the Year award.

This season has already started brightly for her, scoring twice in the 2-0 opening day victory over Aston Villa. If the Foxes are to cause a shock, they will have to stiff the danger from City's forward.

Previous meeting

The side's met last season in the Continental Cup in Manchester. With Leicester being a mid-table side in the league below, City eased past their opponents in September last season.

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Caroline Weir and Pauline Bremer both netted a brace before Tessa Wullaert added to the scoring. 

The game was both side's first game of the group stage, with the Blues providing too much for their Championship opponents.

What the managers have said

Ahead of the quarter-final, Morgan is keen to make sure his side compete against one of the best teams in the country, however, claims the side's main focus is the league.

Speaking to LCFC.com, he said: "The international break, again, provides an opportunity now. We have been looking forward to Man City, but our eyes are also on the league.

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"Everything we've been focusing on, really, is to get us ready for next league game. The FA Cup for us is a bonus at the moment and we're going to put out a strong squad and look to compete.

"Whenever you play any WSL1 team, it's brilliant for us in the Championship and we want to go out and give our all and show what we're capable of and show why we're pushing to try and be in the WSL for next season."

For Taylor and his City side, they will be keen to improve on their stalemate with Brighton.

Talking to Mancity.com, the Citizens boss said: "The girls are under no illusions that we need to be better in the final third with our decision-making and final action, where it matters.

"Goals are important and of course, we don't want to concede any. It's a positive in that respect- we've had two clean sheets.

"We'll get back with everyone together, and get ready for the start of the FA Cup when it resumes."

Where to watch

Sunday's game will be live on CITY+. You can sign up to a 30-day free trial before it costs £1.99 per month.

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