West Ham and Manchester City return to WSL action for the first time since mid-December on Sunday as they go head to head at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
Both teams were in a strong run of form prior to the month-long hiatus, West Ham winning three from four in all competitions and rising up to fifth in the table, and Manchester City unbeaten in their last seven WSL matches.
Just one place and four points separate the two sides in the league – although the Hammers have played a game more. Who will come out on top on Sunday?
When is kick off? Sunday 15 December, 18:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Chigwell Construction Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Football/Premier League (UK), Paramount + (USA), FA Player (International)
What time does coverage start in the UK? 18:30 (GMT)
Referee? Amy Fearn
Jess Zui remains a long-term absentee for West Ham after suffering an ACL injury in October. Paul Konchesky confirmed that the Hammers were otherwise ‘close’ to having a fully fit squad.
Four players – Thea Kyvag, Claudia Walker, Alex Hennessy and Grace Garrad – have all departed the West Ham during the January window, with no new arrivals thus far.
Gareth Taylor confirmed he has a fully fit squad to pick from for Sunday’s clash, with everybody returning from the winter break ‘looking sharp’.
Yui Hasegawa could feature against her former club for the first time since her departure on deadline day of the summer transfer window.
West Ham have enjoyed a strong start to life under Paul Konchesky, winning five of their first 10 WSL matches to sit an impressive fifth. They played out a really tightly fought encounter with City in this fixture last season, but were ultimately beaten 2-0.
The Hammers face a City side in a rich vein of form, not tasting defeat since September and playing some really slick, attacking football. Gareth Taylor’s side won’t have it all their own way, but they should come out on top.