Man City draw Leicester in Women’s FA Cup quarters with Arsenal facing Tottenham
MANCHESTER CITY will go head-to-head with giant-killers Leicester in the final eight of this year’s Women’s FA Cup.
And Arsenal will take on North London rivals Tottenham in a derby clash to see which of the sides will reach the contest’s semi-finals.
Both ties are the prime picks of the quarter-final round of this year’s contest with Brighton hosting Charlton and league champs Chelsea set to travel to Birmingham.
And the Blues, who retained their WSL crown and picked up a Conti Cup, are aiming to win their third FA Cup to notch up a trophy treble.
Leicester, managed by Jonathan Morgan, will compete in the women’s top flight for the first time in their history this year.
And they will take heart from their shock defeat of Man United when they face a City side who won the 2020 trophy.
The Foxes, who won the Women’s Championship crown, will look to pull off another surprise after beating the Red Devils 3-2 in the fifth round.
And the newly promoted WSL outfit gave the Citizens a run for their money the last time the rivals faced each other in the competition.
That FA Cup quarter-final encounter between City and a Foxes side skippered by Morgan’s sister Holly ended in a narrow 2-1 home loss for Leicester.
Meanwhile, Rehanne Skinner’s Tottenham will be looking to pick up their first win against the Gunners in a derby.
Before then the club will embark on a squad rebuild this summer, having released 11 of their players before the 2021-22 season.
They will face a tough away challenge against Arsenal, who hold the record for the most trophy wins in the competition with 14 triumphs.
And their rivals have strengthened their attacking ranks by signing Japan forward and World Cup winner Mana Iwabuchi.
However the Gunners are thought to be facing a battle to keep hold of top striker Vivianne Miedema, 24, with Lyon interested in bringing the Netherlands star to France.
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And the rumoured deal could see England and Lyon goal machine Nikita Parris move to Arsenal as part of a swap.
However, Miedema’s agent Leon Blokius has reportedly denied his client will leave the WSL this summer despite her having just a year left on her current contract.
Blokius told Dutch newspaper AD: “Vivianne will remain, as it looks now, at Arsenal next season. That is her last contract year."
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