BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Aston Villa (H)

It’s back to cup action for Durham Women this weekend, as we turn our attentions to the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup and welcome Aston Villa to Maiden Castle.

After a weekend win over Sheffield United, the Wildcats will be looking to continue their fine start to the season against another tough opponent.

As per current government guidance, this fixture will be played behind closed doors.

Durham Women FC kindly ask all supporters to refrain from travelling to the ground, and to follow the game from home.

And ahead of the game, here’s everything you need to know – from stream details to social media coverage and more:


THE OPPOSITION

Promoted from the FA Women’s Championship last season after the curtailment of the season, Aston Villa have set about strengthening their squad as they prepare for life in the FA Women’s Super League.

While a number of their homegrown talents remain – such as Elisha N’Dow, Emma Follis and Jodie Hutton – the squad has been supplemented by quality and experience courtesy of Anita Asante and others.

Gemma Davies’ side may have lost the Second City Derby to Birmingham at the weekend, but will full of confidence after an eye-catching win at Brighton earlier this month.

And they’ve started strongly in this competition too, beating Sheffield United 1-0 before sticking nine past Coventry United last week.


WE’VE MET BEFORE

The two teams met in this competition last season, where a Molly Sharpe brace and an Abby Holmes header handed the Wildcats a 3-0 win.

In the only league meeting between the pair last term, Nadine Hanssen’s header cancelled-out Nicki Gears’ header as we shared the spoils in the Midlands.


PRE-MATCH COMMENTS

Skipper Sarah Wilson said: “It’s a massive challenge.

“You look at Villa, the quality they’ve got and the quality they’ve brought in, and how they’ve invested and they’re going to do well in the league this year.

“We need to put the Sheffield result to one side and change the focus back to the cup – because that’s something else we can push on in.”


MATCH INFORMATION

The fixture will be played at Maiden Castle on Thursday, November 19 (7pm kick-off)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS FIXTURE WILL BE PLAYED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.


CAN WE QUALIFY?

Durham Women are in a good position to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition – and here’s the possible permutations after our game with Aston Villa:

  • DURHAM WIN – If Durham beat Aston Villa, we will finish on nine points. This will be enough to win the group and quality for the knockout stages.
  • DRAW, DURHAM WIN ON PENALTIES – If the game is drawn and Durham win the bonus point via a penalty shoot-out, we will finish on eight points. This will be enough to win the group and qualify for the knockout stages.
  • DRAW, ASTON VILLA WIN ON PENALTIES – If the game is drawn and Aston Villa win the bonus point via a penalty shoot-out, we will finish on seven points. This will see us finish second in the group and we could qualify as a best runner-up.
  • ASTON VILLA WIN – If Aston Villa win the game, we will finish on six points. This will see us finish second in the group, but we will still be in with a strong chance of qualifying for the knockout stages – dependent on goal swings elsewhere in the competition.

LIVE STREAM

Durham Women FC are delighted to confirm that we will be streaming our home game with Aston Villa.

We’ll be offering a one-camera view of the game, complete with commentary from Durham Hospital Radio’s John Middleton and Phill Davison.

The broadcast will go live from approximately 6:50pm on Thursday.

We will be encouraging supporters, where possible, to donate to our drive to #ENDCHILDFOODPOVERTY if they are watching the stream – FULL DETAILS HERE.

Here’s how you can tune-in to the fixture:

VIA FACEBOOK

The game will be streamed live via Durham Women’s Facebook page.

You can like our page – and ensure you are updated when we go live – by clicking HERE.


FOLLOW THE GAME

Our official Twitter account (@DurhamWFC) will be providing live minute-by-minute updates on the match. You can follow the updates and get involved in the match day discussion by using the hashtag #DURvAST

Durham Hospitals Radio will be providing live radio commentary of this game, which you can tune into HERE.

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