Championship: Coventry take on Watford in relegation battle

Anna Wilcox of Coventry United claiming the ball went over the line during Barclays FA Women's Championship match between London City Lionesses and Coventry United (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)

Coventry United and Watford currently sit in 11th and 12th respectively in the Women’s Championship, both on five points. On Saturday, a relegation battle will commence as these two sides search for the chance to create some distance between.

The duo will go head to head at Butts Park this afternoon. They are both five points adrift from 10th place Blackburn Rovers but a win for either team will be a big psychological boost.

Momentum lies with Coventry

After a tough start to the season, the Red and Greens have started to see results go their way alongside some much better performances. A 1-0 win over Durham in the league was followed by a 4-0 thrashing of Watford in the FA Cup, and then a narrow 3-2 defeat to WSL side Tottenham Hotspur.

Rio Hardy has been a revelation and is on a scoring spree of three goals in three games. She’s currently the club’s top scorer with seven goals across all competitions.

Saturday will be the third time the two teams have played each other this season, with Coventry also beating Watford 3-0 in the Continental Cup. This will certainly be an interesting relegation battle to keep an eye on.

Watford hoping to turn a corner

Watford did go on a successful run of two draws and a win earlier in the season including an impressive 2-1 victory away to Lewes but since then their form has gone to pot.

In their last four games in all competitions, they have conceded 23 goals with no reply. The heaviest was an 11-0 defeat at home to Tottenham in the Conti Cup but the 3-0 defeat at home to Bristol City would have hurt the most as league survival is surely the priority.

Leanne Bell was in good form for the Hornets having scored twice into two games. She will be assisted by veteran Welsh international Helen Ward who has also been scoring for the Hornets.

Predicted line-ups


Clarke; Mann, Hartley, Riglar, Johnson, Fergusson, Toussaint, Estcourt, Morris, Wilkinson, Hardy


Ferguson; Meiwald, Priest, Vyse, Fatuga-Dada, Stobbs, Ward, Fyfe, Bell, Roberts, Harney

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