Birmingham City vs Arsenal Women's Super League preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
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Birmingham City will hoping to get back to winning ways in the FA Women's Super League after suffering a 4-0 defeat against Manchester City last week. They face Arsenal, who currently sit in fourth and are coming into this match confident after a 4-0 against Aston Villa last weekend.

Arsenal will be looking to close the six point gap between them and third place Manchester United. Before beating Villa in the last round of fixtures, the Gunner's had suffered consecutive defeats against the top two, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Arsenal will be searching for back-to-back wins whilst Birmingham will be pushing for points to help them secure safety this season.

  • Team news

Birmingham City boss Carla Ward has confirmed that Christie Murray will be back in the squad on Sunday after returning to full training and Ruby Mace, who is on loan from Arsenal, is also available to play.

In Birmingham's preview for the match Ward said: "It's as tough as Man City. I love playing these games, testing yourselves against the best in the world. It's a free hit for us, we can go and enjoy it. We've had an unbelievable attitude all year."

Arsenal welcomed the return of Jordan Nobbs and Jen Beattie to the starting lineup last weekend. Caitlin Foord also made an appearance from the bench and will be pushing for a place in the starting 11 on Sunday. Kim Little and Steph Catley have both been doing pitch-based rehabilitation and will be hoping to come back soon.

  • Predicted line-ups

Birmingham City:
Hampton (GK), Scott, Brougham, Mace, Holloway, Whipp, Mayling, Littlejohn, Walker, Napier, Murphy

Arsenal:
Williams (GK), Maritz, Williamson, Beattie, McCabe, Walti, Roord, van de Donk, Nobbs, Miedema, Mead

  • Ones to watch

Blues' Claudia Walker has put in solid performances all season, netting five times and always being powerful on the front foot. Yet goalkeeper Hannah Hampton, who had her first international senior call-up recently, has impressed her boss.

"Hannah doesn't get the credit she deserves. Right now, she is probably the best performing goalkeeper in the league. She's a credit to this team. She's been a massive part of our success this season," Ward said.

Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema will be hoping to find the back of the net on Sunday to add to her 13 goals and two assists so far this season. She is a constant goal threat to the Gunner's, can be lethal in the box and will be a player City will have to press to prevent the goals.

  • Previous meetings

The reverse fixture was played in early December where goals from Caitlin Foord, Jill Roord and Kim Little were enough to secure the win for Arsenal. With 76% possession and eight shots on target, the Gunner's dominated the game in attack and the damage could have been a lot worse from a Birmingham perspective.

  • How to watch

The match kicks off at 14:00 GMT at St George's Park on Sunday  March 7.

It will be broadcast live on the FA player.

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