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2 Man City players that will be the difference for the Lionesses tonight

The Lionesses face their second group match tonight against Argentina. 

England managed to bag a win against Scotland in their opening group game, and everyone’s hoping they can do the same tonight. Phil Neville has also said that because of the rivalry between the men’s team’s, it gives the women even more of a hunger to win too. Argentina had an unexpected start to their World Cup campaign in a goalless draw against Japan. I think it’s safe to say that everyone thought Japan would easily win as they’ve been in the previous two World Cup finals, and Argentina effectively had no team three years ago. 

After the Lionesses won on Sunday, fans were quick to say that the team had some work to do to better their performance. However, before the match kicks off tonight at 8 pm, I’ve picked two City players that I think will make a difference to the England team.

Now that the first game nerves are out of the way, I think England are looking at a couple of goals at least tonight… 

Ellen White

The striker managed to bag one goal against Scotland when given the chance, and I think more opportunities will be created tonight for the Man City star to take. The 30-year-old only announced she’d be signing for City in May 2019, however, with a lot of to-be teammates on the England side, she may also be out to impress them too. 

Steph Houghton

The most obvious option, I know. I’ve not only picked her for her skill and determination, but I’ve also picked her mainly for her leadership.

In the opening group games, there’s been a lot of VAR controversy. Even in England’s first game, their first goal came from a penalty awarded due to the assist of the video referee. Steph Houghton will have to keep her side from arguing and surrounding the referee in any cases tonight, as I think VAR is being used too much in these games. 

I would have included Nikita Parris in this selection because she had an amazing start, and I think she’ll only get better.

Season Prediction: Man City Women’s Success Hinges On Lioness World Cup Campaign

With Manchester United Women being promoted to the Women’s Super League, will they cause problems for Man City?

Possibly. Nick Cushing has such a strong side, they managed to finish second in their league last season on 47 points. Arsenal ended their campaign on 54 points putting them as Champions, and finishing in third under City was Chelsea who had 42 points. This proves just how tight the league is and how the top tier can change quickly. 

My prediction for next season is that City will be fighting with Arsenal for the top spot once again. I hope they can manage to win the Super League but there are a few things to consider before that can happen.

For example, a lot of the Blues squad are out in France right now for the World Cup. Club captain, Steph Houghton is also leading her national side, players such as Karen Bardsley, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott and Ellen White are also out there at the minute hoping to prove that they are the best. What if any of them pick up an injury or come back to the Women’s League seeming unfit? It would sure cause City a few setbacks. 

The other factor being Manchester United. They have just been promoted to the WSL and, will be out for a good first season in the league as they smashed the Championship. I’m not saying the reds will do the same and go straight to the top of this league too. However, I do predict that they will cause a few problems for the likes of Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea and they will be in the mix for a top table finish. 

I’m wishing the Lionesses all the luck in the world and hope they can bring it home but, when the City players get back into training and start their new campaign, I hope they can maintain the same standards they already have.

I think the World Cup will depend on the mindset of some of the City women, if they do win, they may be hungry to win a title when they come home. If they don’t, they’ll either be feeling deflated or it will drive them to do well next season. 

OPINION: Man Utd Women To Take Super League By Storm In Their First Showing – Agree?

Manchester United Women had an amazing first season in the Women’s Championship as they were promoted to the Women’s Super League. 

The team were only formed last year and ended their efforts on 55 points. Now that they are looking forward to a newly promoted season, how will they do?

Well, the clubs Captain, Alex Greenwood is currently out in France playing for the Lionesses, although there are chances of the youngster catching an injury while she’s there, it’s a hugely beneficial chance for her to eye up competition.

While she plays against the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal women team members, it will help her know how to play against these women as well as with them. Abbie McManus is another player who’s out playing for England but at the end of the 18/2019 season, the 26-year-old left City for United. She has played with the blues for years, so transitioning to the rivals may be hard for her but again, very beneficial to the squad. 

In the Women’s championship, United had easier competition with the likes of Tottenham and Charlton. They stormed their league with a 9 point lead, however, they will have tougher matches on their hands with Super League professional’s, Arsenal winning their league this season.

The league that these girls are going into is a lot tighter and tougher to win points, Arsenal ladies won the league last year but not by many points, they finished on 54 points with Man City coming a very close second at 47 points. Even third and fourth place is tight with Chelsea finishing on 42 points and Birmingham on 40.

With this being said, although I think Man United won’t go down without a fight and will cause problems for these clubs who have never played against them before, I do think they will come across problems when it comes to the likes of City and Arsenal.

My prediction is that Man City and Arsenal will be fighting for the top spot next season, nevertheless, I don’t think United will make it easy and will probably finish around 3rd place, which again will be brilliant for the Red Devils. I just don’t think they will be able to top this league too. If they can, I’ll eat my words!

‘Women’s Football is Cr*p, They Don’t Cheat, They Don’t Play Act, They Just Play Football’ Twitter Reacts to Lionesses Opening WWC Win

England’s women had a promising start to their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Scotland. 

The Lionesses opened the scoring after 14 minutes when a penalty was rewarded. There was some confusion as the referee stopped the game, however, it was soon made clear that officials had pointed out a possible handball. It was about time VAR went in England’s favour as the men’s team had two goals disallowed in their Nations League campaign.  

Nikita Parris put the women ahead from the spot kick and after 40 minutes, Ellen White put the Lionesses 2-0 up. England should have had a third but it was ruled offside and Scotland’s Claire Emslie managed to pull one back in the 79th minute. Even though the lionesses have had a really promising opening to the World Cup they really want to win, manager Phil Neville spoke out after the match saying he thought his team could have done a lot better.

Personally, as this was the opening match and the teams are all just finding their feet, I think it’s a great start for the Lionesses and I can’t see them having too many problems in the group stages, but what did everyone else think?

Harry Kane wished the women well as his recent Nations League run came to an end.

A spot of sarcasm when comparing the women’s football to the men’s.

Some agreed with the Lionesses manager.

But most were just impressed and many are commenting on the rising interest in women’s football and the increased fans and viewers.

The Lionesses Kick Off Their World Cup Shortly, Can These Man Utd & Man City Women Help Bring it Home

With the Women’s World Cup underway, an opening game saw the competition hosts, France beat South Korea, excitement is in the air as England may actually bring home a World Cup.

Before England’s first group D game, it’s time to have a look at how Manchester’s women will be dominating the England team.

Manchester City

Starting with Captain, Steph Houghton (MBE). One of the biggest names in women’s football, the 31-year-old centre back has played over 100 times for her national team after being called up for the first time in 2006. She joined Man City in 2014 and is captain of both teams. With her experience playing for England and leading her teammates, she gives a lot of hope for victory.

Just like Houghton, Manchester City midfielder, Jill Scott has also been called up to Phil Neville’s squad. She also was called up to the England team in 2006 and joined City only a year before her captain in 2013. She has had 134 appearances for the Lionesses and managed 24 goals. She’s also managed 18 goals in 83 appearances for a Man City.

Also keeping with the City theme, keeper Karen Bardsley has been called up again by Neville. The 34-year-old has 52 appearances for the blues, she has played for England’s under 19’s and under 21’s and in 2005 she was called up to the first team. She has since had 76 caps for England. During the 17/18 season and 18/19 season, Bardsley has been the first choice for England but has since lost her place as the first choice for City to teenager, Ellie Roebuck. This gives her a chance to prove herself.

Ellen White is another City player who Neville has put his trust into. The 30-year-old striker will be competing in her 3rd World Cup. White has only signed for City at the end of last season after a 2-year spell at Birmingham City. She has played for England before however and has had 80 appearances and 28 goals. Hopefully, this will be beneficial to the England side and to the striker as she will have a chance to play aside her new City teammates.

Demi Stokes is another City defender who has been called up for England’s World Cup run. The 27-year-old has had 62 appearances for City and bagged 3 goals, she was called up to her national team in 2014 after playing for the England youth teams, she now has 50 appearances for the Lionesses but this will be her first World Cup.

Then we have the younger teammates, Georgia Stanway is the youngest player on the side at 20 years old. The striker has bagged 22 goals in 51 appearances for Man City. She has 7 caps for England’s first team but has only managed 1 goal, so this competition may be a time for the youngster to shine. She also has pressure added to her performance as she has previously been nominated for young player of the year by the BBC and the PFA.

Kiera Walsh is another young player, at the age of 22, this will be the City midfielders first major tournament. She has 64 appearances for City since joining them in 2014 and now has 14 national caps behind her since 2017.

Manchester United

Alex Greenwood is one of the newly promoted Man United players to be called up to the women’s national team. The 25-year-old defender was named the captain of the United squad after joining them in 2018. She has played for England’s under 17’s, 19’s and 23’s but was finally called up to the first team in 2014. She now has 37 first team caps and has even managed 2 goals for England. She was part of the team that got United promoted to the Women’s Super League at the end of last season, so hopefully, she will be hungry for more success with the Lionesses.

Finally, there’s Abbie McManus. The 26-year-old was a defender for City from 2009-2013, the managed 6 goals in 69 games, she then rejoined City after a year away at Sheffield. At the end of the 2019 season, she decided to leave one Manchester side for another and join Man United. This World Cup will reunite her with her ex-City teammates one last time.

The Lionesses squad seems really strong and with 9 out of 23 women being from Manchester sides, it’s clear to see where a lot of the talent comes from.

Our Man Utd Women’s Team Getting Signings Done, Yet The Other One!? Man Utd Fans React to Ladd Signing

The newly promoted Manchester United women’s team, have been out on the hunt for new players before the start of the new season and they’ve only gone and managed a free transfer.

It’s been confirmed that Hayley Ladd has signed for the reds as the 25-year-old has rejected a new contract offer from Birmingham City. After 54 caps for Wales, two years at Birmingham and being a part of the Arsenal women’s team, it’s now an exciting new adventure for the midfielder.

Fans of the women’s team and the men’s team have had their say on Twitter, and it shows that the fans of the men’s team are a little jealous and frustrated that the women’s team seem to be more promising than the men’s!

There’s also some Birmingham fans who wish the Welsh international well.

But mostly United fans welcoming their new signing.

Maybe it’s time the men’s team learned a few things from the women.

Why Man Utd Women Have a Great Signing on Their Hands in Hayley Ladd

When Manchester United announces the news just over a year ago that they were starting a women’s team, it was an exciting prospect for the club and for women’s football.

At the end of the season, United’s women managed to gain promotion to the Women’s Super League after 18 out of a possible 20 wins. When I found out about the Red’s women’s club forming, I thought it’d be a struggle for them to do well as they were being thrown in at the deep end with a newly formed group of girls. However, against the odds, they managed the promotion. Now that they have, it’s no surprise that they are on the hunt to strengthen their side as they go into a new league.

One of the signings comes from Birmingham City on a free transfer. Hayley Ladd has decided to reject a new contract offer from the blues and, join the promising Manchester side. She’s had a really impressive career so far at the age of 25, and I think she will be a great addition to her new team. United have also done well to get her for free.

She has 54 caps for Wales and in January this year, she received a golden cap in recognition of her 50th international appearance for them. She clearly gained attention internationally from an early stage, as she’s been a part of Wales’ international team since 2011.

Ladd started her career at Arsenal, she has also played for Birmingham and Bristol City which proves her experience in the biggest clubs in women’s football would make her a great addition to United. She could be part of a team that makes a historic move of the newly promoted side can do well in the WSL. Another positive and tactical move for Man United is that Ladd is known as a midfielder, but when she played for Wales on Tuesday against New Zealand, she was placed in defence and the side still managed to win 1-0.

If this is the sort of players that United are bringing in now, by the start of the next season, the reds should have a really strong team to challenge their new league with.

‘Let’s Win This Lionesses!’ Are England Ready To Change The World

As the England ladies team sets off on their short journey to the Women’s World Cup in France, we took to Twitter to have a look at what the people were saying about our Lionesses.

After finishing third last time out. England will be looking to go a couple of steps further under the guidance of manager Phil Neville and, win the entire thing.

On the back of the various media campaigns that have been launched this time around, for example, Budweiser becoming the official beer of the ladies team. The various hashtags across social media such as #thisgirlcan, #changethegame and #womeninfootball, means that the coverage and interest for the ladies side are on a higher level than its ever been before.

OPINION: Should Women’s Football Introduce Rolling Subs

So another rule change is set to take effect next season in women’s football, a rule that you often see in junior football, rolling substitutes.

Rolling subs is a rule generally used so that everyone gets a decent amount of game time, therefore increasing participation which at a guess we would say that it’s exactly why it’s been introduced in the female game.

Like all varieties of football at the present, the number of people playing is growing but one part of the game is set to beat all the others thanks to it being their World Cup this year, the women’s game.

It’s, therefore, possible that this rule has been introduced so that when the inevitable increase in interest does arrive. Ladies football is more capable than ever to interstate these new players, and if they are playing an increased amount of football they are more likely to stick in the game.

Is it all positive news though?

Are rolling subs a positive for women’s football?

There are arguments for both sides, all these previous factors we have mentioned for example, but similar to the new rule about sin-bins in men’s non-league. This rule changes the game completely, therefore, teams might lose players too, if they go from playing every game to reduced playing time, people can be very competitive.

In the end though, it’s all going to come down to whether or not the players understand why the ruling is introduced, as to whether it’s going to be a success or not.

Two Things New Signing From Liverpool Laura Coombs Will Bring To Man City Women

After 74 appearances and seven goals for Liverpool, Laura Coombs has decided to move on into a new adventure. That adventure is Man City.

The real question is, what can she bring to an already successful Man City side?

Bringing out the best in her new teammates

Coombs has plenty of experience behind her, the 28-year-old has represented Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and even played in America’s W League. When speaking to Man City about her new deal, she described herself as an “aggressive box-to-box midfielder.” Coombs should fit in perfectly with the already successful City team as she has played for England, and was part of the Chelsea side that won a league and cup double in 2015.

Former teammate, Gilly Flaherty describes Laura as “a real grafter” and said she would, “put the work in that other people don’t want to do.” This should give Nick Cushing the confidence in his new signing that she will get the job done and, hopefully, inspire her new teammates to fight for every ball and keep attacking throughout a game.

Champions League Title?

She’s already been a part of teams that have won leagues and cups, but there’s still room for improvement that Cushing’s side should be able to help her with.

When speaking to the press, Nick Cushing said, “she has the potential to be a top player and we are very excited to have Laura at Manchester City where we feel we can give her the opportunity to play at her highest level.” This sounds promising for the former Liverpool midfielder but fans of the blues will be wondering what their team could win next season.

After speaking to Man City upon signing her new contract, Laura explained how she had played a few games in the Champions League, but felt that joining City would be a step in the right direction of going further in the competition and hopefully winning the title.

Coombs made 27 appearances for Liverpool last season and with determination like this, it sounds like a hopeful season ahead for Laura and for the blues. If she has a good season, some more England caps may be on her way and with the right coaching, managing and teamwork, could City achieve a Champions League title?

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