West Ham vs Manchester City

West Ham host Manchester City in the FA Women’s Cup semi-finals on Saturday in a replay of the 2019 final at Wembley.

City won 3-0 on that occasion and beat West Ham 2-0 when the two teams met in the WSL a fortnight ago.

The Hammers saw two clear chances disappear during the pair’s last meeting, and City will need to be at their best to book their place in the final, where they will face either Arsenal or Chelsea at Wembley.

When is the start? Saturday April 16, 12:15 (BST)
Where is the game played? Chigwell Stadium Construction
TV channel/live broadcast? BBC One, BBC iPlayer (UK), FA Player (international)
Referee? Abigail Byrne

Maisy Barker is the Hammers’ only confirmed absentee, as she continues her recovery from long-term injuries.

A lunchtime start on a Saturday is a quick turnaround for both sides after the international break. Ten West Ham players have been away for their countries in the last week and are due to be tested before Saturday’s semi-final.

Center half Lucy Parker thoroughly impressed in an unorthodox right-back role against Manchester City last time out, and could be deployed there once again to deal with the ever-dangerous Lauren Hemp.

Vicky Losada continues to recover from a knee injury, with Gareth Taylor saying Saturday’s game will probably be “too soon” for the Spanish midfielder. She could be in contention to return next weekend.

Alana Kennedy enjoyed a streak of Twitter fame during the international hiatus after suffering a broken nose and smiling through the pain. She is being evaluated and has a chance to compete against the Hammers, and will likely be sporting a face mask originally made famous by Alex Greenwood earlier in the season.

Greenwood pulled out of the recent England squad due to a knee injury, but Taylor confirmed the centre-back was “moving well” ahead of the clash with West Ham.

West Ham: Arnold; Parker, Fisk, Flaherty, Cissoko, Longhurst; Brynjarsdottir, Hasagawa; Evans, Walker, Leon.

City of Manchester: Roe deer; Bronze, Kennedy, Greenwood, Stokes; Walsh, Landfill, Stanway; Park, Shaw, Hemp

The two sides played a hard-fought clash at Dagenham two weeks ago where, had Adriana Leon and Claudia Walker been more clinical in front of goal, West Ham could have snatched a point. Parker did a thoroughly impressive job of keeping the generally destructive hemp quiet.

West Ham got the all-important home draw that Olli Harder hoped for, and while City should still have enough class to defeat the Hammers and secure progression to their third FA Cup final in four years, they will be a tough-fought for the victory.

Prediction: West Ham 0-1 Manchester City

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