More heartbreak for the Lady Pies?
The stand-out fixture is a replay of last year’s final, and will ensure that Arsenal and Notts County play each other four times this year. The Gunners will like their chances against a Notts County team they’ve never lost to, an added home advantage will make it an even bigger task for last year’s runners up to progress to the next round.
Blues clash with Reds in Solihull
In a repeat of their opening night fixture, Birmingham City will face Liverpool, when the sides met earlier this year Liverpool nicked a 1-0 win in a close match that the Blues should arguably should have taken something from.
Whilst the Blues have been going from strength to strength and climbing the WSL 1 table the Reds have taken time to gel, but have started stringing their own impressive performances together. The tie promises to be a close-run affair, both sides managed to get through to the semi-final of last year’s competition before falling at the last hurdle.
A stern test for the Belles
In the most unforgiving of all four matches, WSL1 newcomers, Doncaster Belles face current table-toppers Manchester City. It’s no secret that the Belles have struggled since coming up from WSL2, but after a change of management the Belles finally registered their first win of the year against Sunderland to progress and would be forgiven for hoping for an easier draw.
The Citizens have already hosted the Belles once this year, in a match the away side would rather forget, City scored five times inside of the first-half to set the pace for their biggest league win this season. Whether the Belles progress past City or not is yet to be seen but the match will be a good chance for Emma Coates to assess the Citizens before their league tie, scheduled for the following Thursday.
All WSL 2 affair
Sheffield are one of the surprise packages of the WSL2 season and are now unbeaten in all three matches against Bristol City this season, their most recent win was enough to see them progress to the quarter finals. Their leauge counterparts, London Bees are now unbeaten in their last six and were richly rewarded with a kinder draw after beating Chelsea on penalties in the last round.
The two sides are due to meet later this month in their first ever league encounter, Zoe Johnson and Dave Edmondson will have a glorious chance to weigh up their opposition for the all-WSL2 Conti Cup clash that awaits in August.
WSL Continental Cup draw in full
Sheffield - London Bees
Birmingham City - Liverpool
Manchester City - Doncaster Belles
Arsenal - Notts County
All four matches are scheduled to be played over the 6 and 7 August.