Injury hell finally over for manchester city star in emotional west ham win

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West Ham United Women v Manchester CityBarclays FA Women’s Super League Chigwell Construction StadiumSaturday 2 April 2022

West Ham United Women will be looking to bounce back from a difficult 2-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend when they take on Manchester City at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. 

Having already beaten the Citizens on their own turf this season, Olli Harder’s side will know the type of performance they will need to produce if they are to pick up further points against this season’s newly-crowned Continental Tyres League Cup champions. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the exciting contest... 

How to watch

Every supporter"s voice will count in the east London contest - so come along and watch the Hammers in action against Manchester City, with tickets available to purchase online.

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Alternatively, the game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11am BST on Saturday morning. 

We will also be bringing you live Twitter updates, as well as exclusive reaction to follow after the full-time whistle right here on bestwintergames.com.


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Team News

Harder will have nearly a full squad to choose from for the clash with the Citizens. 

Maisy Barker will not play any part in proceedings, as she continues with her long-term injury recovery. 

Emma Snerle and Claudia Walker are back and available for selection following a spell on the sidelines with Covid-19.

Team news will be revealed at 10.30am on Saturday, an hour before kick-off, on our social media channels and bestwintergames.com. 

The Opposition – Manchester City

After a slow start to the 2021/22 Barclays FA Super League season, Manchester City have found their form again, and are on the charge to get back into, and finish within, the UEFA Champions League places come the end of the season. 

Gareth Taylor’s team have been in sensational form in recent weeks, finishing the month of March unbeaten whilst also clinching the Continental Tyres League Cup with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Plough Lane. 

During his playing days, current Man City manager Taylor made no less than 575 appearances across 20 years, scoring a total of 142 goals. During this time, he featured for a host of clubs, including Sheffield United, Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Tranmere Rovers, and Wrexham, where he hung up his boots.

He once featured for the Citizens between 1998 and 2001, has been a part of the furniture at the City of Manchester Stadium since starting out as a youth coach in 2011. 

Progressing from developing young talent in Dubai to becoming the U18s coach, the 48-year-old was appointed head coach of Manchester City Women on 28 May 2020, replacing Nick Cushing, who departed to become Ronny Deila’s assistant at New York City FC.

In his first season in charge, Taylor led City to a 3–1 victory over Everton in the 2020 final of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup at Wembley Stadium. 

He is also a former Wales international, and boasts a 67.86 per cent win percentage at the Citizens. 


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Ones to Watch

Lauren Hemp: At just 21 years of age, it feels as though Hemp has been around for a lot longer, such has been her consistency.

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The flying winger joined City from Bristol City in 2018 and has gone on to make 56 league appearances for the club, scoring 19 goals in the process.

Hemp is a regular with England too, scoring her first of four Lionesses goals in the 20-0 win over Latvia in November 2021, the national record for the largest victory in a senior international football match.

Hemp has six goals in the WSL this season. 

Ellen White: A West Ham United fan, Ellen White has been performing at the top level for almost two decades now.

Having played for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Notts County, Birmingham City and now Manchester City, she has bags of experience and, as she has proven through her 49 goals in 104 games for England, certainly knows where the back of the net is. 


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Georgia Stanway: Stanway has been with Manchester City since 2015 and has made 91 league appearances for the club.

At only 23, Stanway is a key cog in the City machine, capable of performing in a variety of positions, but tending to excel further forward.

Stanway has five goals this season in the WSL. 

Final Reminder

West Ham United Women take on Manchester City at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Saturday 2 April 2022, with kick-off scheduled for 11.30am. 

You can watch the Hammers in action against Manchester City, with tickets available to purchase online.

Alternatively, the game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 11am BST on Saturday morning. 

We will also be bringing you live Twitter updates, as well as exclusive reaction to follow after the full-time whistle right here on bestwintergames.com.