Manchester City will welcome rivals Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, 7 September during the opening weekend of the upcoming Women's Super League season.
The Red Devils are set for their first taste of top-flight action after gaining promotion from the Championship last season, and they could hardly have asked for a bigger game to begin the campaign.
NEW RIVALRY. HISTORIC CLASH. — Manchester City (@ManCity) July 8, 2019
⚽ CITY v UNITED
Saturday 7 September, 3pm UK
After shining on the #FIFAWWC stage...✨ @ellsbells89 is ready to light up the Etihad! pic.twitter.com/p9RPFY8o3l
City took to their official website to confirm the details of the game, which will be the first ever meeting between City and United's women sides. The Citizens are set to play at the Etihad for just the second time in their history, having faced Everton there in 2014.
On the decision to play at the Etihad,
"Having the Manchester Derby as our home opener was the perfect opportunity to play a game at the Etihad Stadium and welcome our seven Manchester City Lionesses home.
“We are delighted to have our new kit partner PUMA on board to build even more excitement around this historic game.”
To add to the excitement of the opening weekend, Chelsea will also welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge on 8 September, with the Blues adding on their website that all fans will be able to attend the game free of charge.
The 2019 WSL is set to be the biggest in history, with 12 sides set to take part in the competition. Arsenal are the defending champions, but there are plenty of sides who will be looking to take their place on the throne.
Source : 90min