Kim Little and Ellen White lead their teams onto the field. It’s a bright, blustery evening in Boreham Wood, with a decent crowd in attendance.
The teams in formation
Arsenal (4-3-3) Zinsberger; Maritz, Williamson, Beattie, Catley; Walti, Little, Maanum; Mead, Miedema, McCabe.
Substitutes: Williams, Wubben-Moy, Patten, Schnaderbeck, Nobbs, Heath, Parris, Iwabuchi, Foord.
Manchester City (4-3-3) Taieb; Stanway, Kennedy, Greenwood, Stokes; Coombs, Losada, Weir; Beckie, White, Hemp.
Substitutes: Keating, Park, Angeldahl, Shaw, Scott, Mace.
Arsenal are unchanged from the 4-0 win over Reading a fortnight ago, but their new signing Tobin Heath is on the bench. City make two changes, both enforced, from that defeat to Spurs. The injured pair of Esme Morgan and Steph Houghton are replaced by Caroline Weir and Demi Stokes. With City short in defence, Georgia Stanway will play at right-back.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Arsenal v Manchester City from Meadow Park. This is a huge game, even this early in the season, between two of the three teams with a realistic chance of winning the title. Arsenal have already beaten the champions Chelsea, and a win tonight would give them a chance to control the title race from the off.
City lost that opportunity when they were surprisingly beaten at home by Spurs a fortnight ago, though they were almost comically unfortunate. They’ve had equally bad luck with injuries, and their makeshift defence have a job on against an Arsenal team who have scored 21 goals in six games this season. The tougher the challenge, the greater the reward. If City win they will be level on points with Chelsea and Arsenal, and all will be well with the world.
Kick off 6.45pm.