The West Ham Women vs Aston Villa Women matchup is underway. Kick-off at 11.30 am
News from the team
West HamTwo long-term absentees are Katerina Svitkova and Maisy Barker. Katerina Stvitkova is currently recovering from an ankle injury that has been severed for a while, and Maisy Barker was injured in the foot during pre-season.
After being expelled in the 2-0 Brighton defeat, Hawa Cissoko was suspended.
Aston VillaCarla Ward, the manager of seven of her 10 summer signings, started against Leicester. There could also be another XI this weekend. Gemma Davison or Emily Gielnik may be included in the matchday squad.
A few West Ham faces are also familiar, as Alisha Lehmann (the Hammers’) and Maz Pacheco join Aston Villa.
What to do?
Live coverage of West Ham Women taking on Aston Villa Women will be available on Sky Sports Premier League starting at 11:15 am; kickoff is 11.30 am. Sky Sports customers have the opportunity to view in-game highlights on the Sky Sportswebsite or app. Shortly after the end of the match, highlights will be posted on Sky Sports’ digital platforms as well as the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.
Olli Harter, West Ham Women’s manager, has had an incredible journey. After having worked in New Zealand, China, Norway, and the USA before returning to England to assume the management reins at East London.
Harder said, “I am a Kiwi and I went with the flow.” This was in an exclusive interview before Saturday’s match against Aston Villa Women.
They’re simply things that happen, and I have been extremely fortunate to be able finish one chapter before opening another. While some of these events are planned, others can change quickly. Football is not something you should plan for.
“I believe that my open mind about these matters has allowed me to simply say “OK, this chapter is over or I have decided to end it” and I would like to move on to the next chapter without fear.
There is no need to consider if I don’t know this culture or speak the language. It’s just that it sounds great so we’ll do it. It’s possible to return to New Zealand in my worst case scenario, though that is not terrible.
IfCarla WardShe left Birmingham City to become Aston Villa’s manager at the close of the last season. However, she knew it would be difficult.
Ward told LynseyHooper that “I still get some sticks, but it’s okay,” in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports. __S.45__ When I lose the first game of this season, I believe they will all be out. I’m certain I’ll love reading them then put it to sleep.
Birmingham’s fans weren’t surprised to see Ward leave. Ward’s efforts to keep Birmingham in Women’s Super League despite difficult circumstances were widely praised. She is already at Aston Villa with three points, having come from one goal behind to defeat newly promoted Leicester City, 2-1, on the first weekend.
Ward says, “I didn’t dress it up afterwards the game – we weren’t good enough.” Ward says, “We played much better pre-season football and were not particularly pleased with our performance.
We knew we had to do better. It was just a matter of looking after the ball more. The space that we did have was not used. We addressed it at half time, but the second half was much better. We need to improve going into West Ham.
Last time out…
- WSL matches between West Ham United and Aston Villa ended 0-0 in last season. This was the only fixture of the top flight for 2020-21 without a goal (from 47 shots).
- Aston Villa did not win any of the four top-flight matches last season in London (D2L2) and only managed to score one goal in those matches (1 total). However, they earned two 0-0 draws during their two final trips to Arsenal and West Ham.
- West Ham was one of the two WSL teams that failed to win any home league games last season (D4L7) along with Birmingham City. In fact, the Hammers lost more home matches than any other top-flight team, including Yeovil (2018-19), Bristol City (2020-21) and Doncaster (2016-17).
- Birmingham (9) and Spurs (77) scored less away goals than Aston Villa (10). However, they posted the lowest expected goals (xG), on the road (5.9). They also had fewer shot on target away than any other team (20).
- West Ham failed to score in six of the last Women’s Super League matches. This is their longest run without scoring since October 2020 when Birmingham City went six matches without scoring.
- Aston Villa beat newly promoted Leicester City MD1 on their end of a 10-game losing streak (D5 L5). They have now won six of their competition games (W1 D5) after drawing five of the last five league matches for 2020-21.
- West Ham’s three most recent wins in Women’s Super League were all away games. The Hammers’ home record is four draws and seven losses from the last eleven games.
- Aston Villa won two of the three competition’s first away matches (L1) but are now winless in eight women’s Super League road games (D3 L5). They scored three goals and conceded 19 during this stretch.
- Hawa Cissoko, West Ham’s player on MD1, was sent off in Women’s Super League. Since the beginning of the last season, her red card was the third to West Ham’s players. No other team received more than one in that time.
- It was just 1 minute 41 seconds before Remi Allen and Sarah Mayling scored for Aston Villa MD1 goals. They overcame a 1-goal deficit and beat Leicester City, 2-1.
Publited Fri, 10 Sep 2021 at 17:49:03 +0000