Noelle Maritz keeps her place at right-back ahead of Laura Wienroither for the visit of West Ham to Meadow Park this evening. Lia Walti, Manu Zinsberger and Caitlin Foord also return to the starting line-up after being rested on Thursday.
Frida Maanum is also restored to midfield which means that Vivianne Miedema again starts on the bench. Katie McCabe is also back in the starting line-up with Steph Catley shifted across to centre-half.
Stina Blackstenius starts upfront either side of Foord and Mead. Lina Hurtig, Jordan Nobbs and Mana Iwabuchi all return to the bench after starting on Thursday.
1.Zinsberger; 16.Maritz, 3.Wubben-Moy, 7.Catley, 15.McCabe; 13.Walti, 10.Little(c), 12.Maanum; 9.Mead, 19.Foord, 25.Blackstenius.
Subs: 5.Beattie, 8.Nobbs, 11.Miedema, 17.Hurtig, 18.Mackerse, 23.Iwabuchi, 26.Wienroither, 59.Agyemang, 62.Reid.
Hammer the Hammers!!!
Viv benched again… Is she really not good enough for a starting spot, or is something else going on?
She’s definitely good enough, but JE wants a different style and Frida has not done anything to warrant being dropped, is my take. It could all blow up in JE’s face, (really hope it doesn’t!) but ultimately football is a team game.
I don’t think it’s about that, we all know Viv is amazing but Stina is Jonas’ preferred striker and Frida has been excellent so dropping her would be unfair and probably not great for her rediscovered confidence. Miedema’s fitness and ability to cope with Jonas pressing style don’t seem to be the best at the moment either. She has to justify her space in the starting 11 just like everyone else.
I keep wondering if shes completely recovered from her covid in the summer yet
COYG… Let’s keep going…