Match Preview – West Ham v Durham

Chelsea booked their place in the Conti-Cup semi-finals last night when they won 4-3 against Manchester City, Either West Ham or Durham will join them depending on the outcome of their quarter-final tonight.

Sitting 10th in the WSL, The Hammers progressed in the competition as Group D leaders, while current Championship runners-up Durham finished second in Group A.

Durham’s current form has gained them three wins out of a possible five recently, with their last league fixture being a 1-0 win over Sheffield United. A 54th minute goal from Niki Gears sealed all three points for The Wildcats, continuing their push for promotion into the WSL.

While Durham are looking to gain their place in the WSL, West Ham are struggling to remain there. Seven points from ten games this season hangs Olli Harder’s side on a shaky nail, especially now with the loss of Rachel Daly who returned back to her parent club Houston Dash following the completion of her loan spell. Coming off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Tottenham, they will be looking to right their wrong.

Player to watch (Durham): Beth Hepple

Beth Hepple is the name ringing in every oppositions ear when facing Durham. Lethal in front of goal and a constant driving threat, the 24-year-old midfielder is the perfect central-midfielder for any team to have in their line-ups. Her 47 goals and countless assists for the northern club so far, is a testament to her development as a player and continuous hard work on the training pitch. Hepple may help dictate the outcome of how Durham look to win the game.

Player to watch (West-Ham): Emily Van Egmond

Emily Van Egmond, former Melbourne City star, recently made her loan move permanent to The Hammers. A regular pick in the Australian National Team, Van Egmond’s link up play opens up any defence she faces. With her dangerous pace and flawless reading of the game, the midfielder can also be relied on to track back to help her defenders out. She will play a crucial part in the London club ‘s fixture tonight.

Victoria Road will be the venue of tonight’s head-to-head, Chigwell Construction Stadium populated only by the media and the players looking to book their spot in the next round. A 17:30pm kick off and live on The FA player – it is the perfect match to get a taste of the competitive dynamic that is women’s football.

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