bristol academy ladies football club logoBristol Academy Ladies bid to put the brakes on runaway FA Women's Super League leaders Birmingham City Ladies at Stoke Gifford Stadium tonight (1930).

The Blues have stormed four points clear of Arsenal Ladies at the top of the table and defend an unbeaten record as they visit a Bristol side smarting from their first home defeat, last Friday's 3-2 loss to Lincoln Ladies.

Birmingham got off to a flying start in the first-half of the season, winning their opening five games, scoring 13 times and conceding just one goal.

Academy manager Mark Sampson said: "Losing our unbeaten home record hurt us on Friday but we must learn the lessons, if we do it will help us become a stronger group and put us in an even stronger position to compete.

"We need to be ready for a massive challenge. Every game we prepare for thoroughly and look forward to but this is a match we have been looking forward to for a long time.

"Birmingham are very well organised side full of top international players and being unbeaten at this stage of the season is an indication of the tough task we face. They have a style of play they are confident with and execute efficiently.

"We need to focus on our own performance and have the courage to be ourselves and true to our philosophy.

"At home this season we have shown we can get great support and play open, attacking football, tonight will be our toughest test so far and we need to make sure we play with the right balance to our game."

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