Liverpool Ladies v SAFC Ladies Preview
A look ahead to Wednesday night's trip to Liverpool
Sunderland’s mean defence will face its toughest test when they travel to free-scoring Liverpool in search of their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the FA WSL 1 Spring Series on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, Liverpool, whose potent strike force has scored 14 goals in just four games, will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the Spring Series table after remaining unbeaten with three victories and a draw.
The Black Cats have been stern and resolute at the back, not conceding a single goal in any of their first four games.
But scoring goals has been harder to come by for the visitors, who have netted just once in a 1-0 victory over Bristol City women, courtesy of a Lucy Staniforth penalty in the 14th minute.
The Reds, on the other hand, have had no such trouble finding the target and with seven different scorers in all competitions this season, the table-topping side will be firing on all cylinders this Wednesday.
After snatching a late point in a remarkable 4-4 draw against Arsenal, a match they were leading 3-1, Liverpool got back to winning ways with a comfortable 2-0 win over Birmingham.
Jess Clarke struck her first goal for her new club in the 48th minute before Gemma Bonner found the net nine minutes from time to end the Blues’ unbeaten run
ONE TO WATCH – Anke Preuss, Sunderland
Sunderland’s goalkeeper has been literally unbeatable so far in the Spring Series, keeping three clean sheets out of three so far.
Her inspired performance against Arsenal helped the Black Cats take home a 0-0 draw while a string of fine saves against Bristol City went a long way to helping Sunderland secure their first win of the season.
Although her task will be much tougher on Wednesday when coming up against the league’s top-scorers, who include Natasha Harding, who has four goals in six appearances in all competitions, among their ranks.
WHAT THEY SAID
“My former team; they are definitely looking like a team to beat this year.
“They are scoring a lot of goals but they are conceding a lot too. We will try to keep the game nice and tight and nick one. Our defenders have been working really well and when you have got the likes of Abbey Joice, Keira Ramshaw and even Abby Holmes on the pitch, you can create stuff, so we are always in the game. We will try to keep it as tight as we can.
“The Spring Series is a different one so the pressure is off. A lot of people are experimenting in these games but you are definitely not going to get an easy game. It is going to be a tough league but we’ve made a great start.”