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Preview: Aston Villa Women v Rovers Ladies

The Blues travel to face Aston Villa in the Conti Cup this evening

11 December 2019

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Rovers Ladies are in Continental League Cup action tonight for the final time this year.

Here are all the facts and stats ahead of the game…

GAME DETAILS

It's an 8pm kick-off on Wednesday 11th December at Boldmere St Michaels.

STATE OF PLAY

Rovers cannot progress into the knockout stages of the competition, but will be looking to notch up a first Group Stage win, at the expense of Aston Villa.

The Blues were defeated by WSL side Liverpool in the last group game to end faint hopes of League Cup progression.

OUR OPPONENTS

The Villains have to win to stand any chance of qualifying, but must also rely on Durham and/or Sheffield United losing to sneak into the top two. Durham are up against Liverpool, while Sheffield face Coventry United.

In the league Gemma Davies’ side are runaway leaders and are yet to taste defeat this campaign.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

The pair faced off in the league in early September with Villa narrowly coming out on top. The home side raced into a 2-0 lead before Alex Taylor’s wonder strike got Rovers back in the game. Kayleigh McDonald almost scored a last gasp equaliser, but it was Villa who took the points.

TEAM NEWS

With Fran Stenson ineligble, Lauren Perry is expected to deputise in goal, while Serena Fletcher (unavailable) and Kelsey Pearson (injured) reduce Donnelly's defensive options. 

Further forward Rovers are without Danielle Whitham but Natasha Flint could be fit enough to make the matchday squad. 

TICKETS

Tickets are available to buy on the gate - adults are priced at £7 and concessions at £3. 

FROM THE BOSS

“It’s a midweek game, we’ve got to travel three hours to top of the table for a cup that we’re not going to get out of the Group Stages.

“It’s not my preference to be playing it. I would have rather gone back to the drawing board, into training and worked hard this week in preparation of our trip to London Bees on Sunday.

“I can’t say I’m particularly looking forward to it but that’s the nature of the stop-start league so far due to the Conti Cup, so it is what it is.”


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