Allen confident of success

Remi Allen believes Birmingham have the inside track on Arsenal after their tussles this season – and is confident she can help fire the Blues back to the top of FA Women’s Super League 1.

Birmingham lost their grip on first place last weekend as Chelsea got the better of them in a 3-1 victory.

However that will not unduly worry Allen and company, who have two games in hand to make up three points on the West London side. 

Their next challenge is another team from the capital and so far this year the Blues’ record stands at won three, lost one against Arsenal.

Birmingham City Ladies vs Arsenal Ladies FC

FA Women’s Super League
2pm, Sunday 31 August
Solihull Motors FC

It makes for pretty reading and though Allen expects nothing but a stern test from the FA Women’s Cup winners, she is convinced Birmingham can rack up a glut of goals.

“We’ve played Arsenal a lot this season and it’s always a difficult game, so we are expecting no different,” she said. “They’ve had a few problems, but I think they’ve overcome them now. They are as difficult as any team in the division.

“The experience of having played them a few times will definitely help us. So we’ll stick to our game plan and try and make it difficult for them because we’re always confident we can score goals. 

“All of us can chip in, one of our biggest strengths has been that our goals can come from anywhere on the pitch.

“My form has been reasonable. I’ve got a couple of goals this season and between now and October hopefully I’ll produce some bigger and better performances because I want to break into the England senior side.”

“One of our biggest strengths has been that our goals can come from anywhere on the pitch”

Remi Allen 

A revitalised Arsenal will arguably be a different beast from the team earlier in the summer, having only lost once since their FA Cup victory over Everton at the start of June.

And Gunners striker Danielle Carter says her side know exactly how to curb the Blues’ strengths as they eye a return to FA WSL1’s top half. 

She said: “We’ve already played Birmingham three or four times this season, so we know their game quite well.

“We’ve seen a lot of each other, so it will be about who performs best on the day.

“They have a strong midfield, if they boss the midfield they can be very dangerous so we will have to try and counter that.

“Personally my form has been OK, there is always some room for improvement but my own performances mean little, it’s all about the team and results.”

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