West Ham Women: Man United preview as Hammers travel to Old Trafford in WSL
West Ham face Manchester United on Saturday in a WSL match that is set to make history.
On a monumental day for the club, Manchester United Women will play at the Theatre of Dreams for the very first time.
The Hammers travel to Manchester looking to end a barren run of form. Olli Harder’s side haven’t picked up a league win since the 4-0 thrashing of Bristol City on December 13.
West Ham are currently rooted to the bottom of the WSL with nine points from their 15 league games. A point will take them above 11th placed Bristol City and level with Aston Villa, who both play later in the weekend.
Taking points home will be no easy feat, though. United are flying high in third at the moment, with 35 points from 17 games. A win can take them to within six points of first-placed Chelsea.
You get the feeling that if we are to win, it’ll come through Katerina Svitkova. The midfielder was named Czech Footballer of the Year earlier this week and has been in fantastic form as of late. She’s scored two in her last four matches.
West Ham will be without reinforcements all over the pitch, though. Goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold is out with a sprained ligament and striker Leanne Kiernan has shin splints.
We’re also set to be without Adriana Leon and Lois Joel. Both are out with bone fractures in their feet, and won’t be back for some time.
Man United have a fantastic squad littered with internationals. Tobin Heath and Christen Press both represent the United States, whilst Ella Toone, Lucie Staniforth and Alessia Russo have all been capped by England.
The two sides played out an exciting encounter in the reverse fixture. Contested at the Dagenham and Redbridge Stadium, the Red Devils ran out 4-2 winners. Emily van Egmond and Rachel Daley scored that day, both are available on Saturday.
It will be a big ask for Harder’s side on Saturday. Hopefully, they can bounce back from their disappointing 2-2 draw with Birmingham last time out. Svitkova and van Egmond had given the Hammers the lead before a 94th-minute equaliser from Ruby Mace.
Come on you Irons!
In other West Ham women’s news, Michelle Irons has reacted to the news the team will play some matches at the London Stadium going forward.