Matildas Abroad Preview: Aussies face off in the Conti Cup final; Danish Women's Cup quarter-finals begin

The FA Women's Continental League Cup will see defending champions host Manchester City in 2021-22 final, three Aussies are set to be in action in the final on Sunday morning. 

The Conti Cup final headlines the action in England; while in Denmark the Danish Women's Cup kicks off the quarter-finals. Australian audiences will be able to watch the Conti Cup final live and free on the FA Player.

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Emily Gielnik's Aston Villa will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat when they welcome Brighton and Hove Albion. 

Villa went down 1-0 to Everton during the week, after beating them just one week prior 2-0 with Gielnik getting on the scoresheet. 

Head coach Carla Ward talked to the media about her side's upcoming fixture, “It probably will be an open game… although both sides have struggled to score goals." Ward said.

Aston Villa's first meeting with the Seagulls this season ended in a 1-0 win, with Gienlik scoring her first goal for the claret and blue. This game will kick off on Saturday night at 10:30 pm AEDT. 

Moving over to the FA Women's Continental League Cup, defending champions Chelsea take on Manchester City in a sold-out Conti Cup final.

Sam Kerr's Chelsea are the defending champions and will be looking to win their first bit of silverware in the 2021/22 season when they take on Hayley Raso and Alanna Kennedy's City side. 

Last seasons final saw the Blues overcome Bristol City 6-0 to win the Conti Cup in back-to-back seasons, with Kerr scoring a hat-trick and bringing out her iconic celebration for adoring fans. 

 Sam Kerr of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup Final match between Bristol City Women and Chelsea Women at Vicarage Road on March 14, 2021 in Watford, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Sam Kerr of Chelsea celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup Final match between Bristol City Women and Chelsea Women at Vicarage Road on March 14, 2021, in Watford, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Gareth Taylor's side will be hoping his side has what it takes to claim the trophy a fourth time, with their last win coming back in the 2018-19 season. 

City will be without their skipper Steph Houghton, just weeks after coming back from injury, the skipper is sidelined once again after undergoing surgery on her Achilles. 

Kennedy started for the Cityzens in their 4-1 win over Manchester United in the FA Women's Cup, while Raso appeared off the bench and instantly made an impact to inspire a City come-from-behind. 

With last season's final behind closed doors due to the COVID19 pandemic, the news that this game at The Cherry Red Records Stadium would be a sell-out is sure to make this entertaining match all the more enjoyable for fans watching in the stands and at home. 

This game kicks off on Sunday morning at 4:15 am AEDT on the FA Player. 

Ladder leaders Arsenal host bottom of the table Birmingham City as the Gunners look to increase their lead at the top. 

After a 4-0 win over Reading FC in their midweek match, Jonas Eidevall's side looks back to their best after back-to-back draws. 

Steph Catley picked up an assist in the 4-0 win, while Caitlin Foord scored a double against Liverpool in their FA Women's Cup win last weekend and Lydia Williams kept a clean sheet. 

Birmingham picked up their only win of the campaign last time out against the Gunners, beating the side 2-0 in early January. 

Since then, City hasn't managed to pick up any points and look set for relegation. 

This game will kick off on Sunday night at 11:00 pm AEDT. 

Our final WSL game of the round will see Reading FC host Kyah Simon's Tottenham Hotspur as the Spurs look to overtake Chelsea in second spot. 

Rehanne Skinner’s Tottenham side have managed back-to-back victories without conceding a goal, while their opposition Reading FC leaked 4 goals against Arsenal earlier in the week. 

Simon scored her first-ever brace for Spurs in their 4-0 win over Brighton in early February and will be looking to get on the scoresheet once again and ensure her side can maintain their spot in the top four. 

Reading FC have had a rather rollercoaster season under Kelly Chambers' watchful eye, having 7 wins, 1 draw and six losses to show for their season so far. 

This game will kick off on Monday morning at 1:00 am AEDT. 

Our final destination takes us to Denmark, as Fortuna Hjørring takes on Brøndby IF in the quarter-final of the Danish Women's Cup. 

The quarter-final clash will be a replay of the 2019 Women's Cup final where Hjørring beat Brøndby 1-0.

Clare Wheeler, Angie Beard and Indi Paige-Riley have all featured in Hjørring's pre-season friendlies in preparation for the quarter-final. 

This game will kick off on Monday morning at 12:00 am AEDT. 

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