Man City vs Aston Villa WSL: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Ali Rampling
Aston Villa beat Man City when the two sides met in the WSL
Aston Villa beat Man City when the two sides met in the WSL / Barrington Coombs/GettyImages

Manchester City will be looking to avenge their surprise opening day defeat to Aston Villa when they welcome the Villans to the Academy Stadium on Saturday.

Carla Ward's side came out on top in a breathless 4-3 encounter over a new-look City in September, but face a Sky Blues side who have since been rejuvenated, winning 11 of their last 12 in all competitions.

But Villa have strengthened too, buoyed by the January arrivals of Jordan Nobbs and Lucy Staniforth, and Saturday promises to be an intriguing match up.

Where to watch Man City vs Aston Villa WSL on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 21 January, 11:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Academy Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Premier League (UK), FA Player (International)
What time does coverage start in the UK? 11:00 (GMT)
Referee? Cheryl Foster

Man City team news

Gareth Taylor confirmed that Demi Stokes will 'just' miss out through injury, but otherwise City have good availability ahead of Saturday.

Vicky Losada returned to the starting XI for their Continental Cup clash with Leicester last time out following a spell out with a knee injury.

Aston Villa team news

Rachel Corsie has recovered from the injury that kept her out of last weekend's victory over Tottenham, while Ruesha Littlejohn is also fit to return to the matchday squad.

Simone Magill and Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah continue to miss out due to ruptured ACLs, while Remi Allen is back doing work on grass after suffering an ACL injury in April. Tash Harding also remains sidelined with a ruptured quad tendon.

Man City vs Aston Villa score prediction

Saturday's clash could prove to be a really interesting test for Mancheser City. Aside from the Manchester derby - which ended 1-1, since the pieces began to fall into place for Gareth Taylor's side after September's international break, winning seven from eight in the WSL, they have largely faced sides that they would have been expected to beat.

Villa caused real problems for City last time out with their high pressing and dynamic front four. Although scoring four goals against the Sky Blues again seems unlikely, they could still nick a point.

Prediction: Man City 2-2 Aston Villa