Prediction 3rd to 5th
Birmingham City Ladies had a quiet transfer window compared to most teams. 5 players left and 5 arrived, 2 of them coming from the CoE and Development teams. That squad stability has contributed to the qualification for the UEFA WCL semi-finals.
Bassett, Williams and Unitt did not have much playing time overall in the second half on the FA WSL 2013 season, Earps did get a bit more playing time but was not guaranteed regular games and needed them to compete for the England number 1 shirt. Christiansen left to be part of the exciting City project and train as a professional ie every day. In came Remi Allen who has already integrated well as seen in the Champions League, Meg Sargeant a very versatile defender from Lincoln via Chelsea for a couple of games in the Mobcast Cup, Welsh International Hannah Keryakoplis and 2 youngsters Sophie Baggaley in goal and 16 years old Jess Carter.
As seen in the Champions League tie, Birmingham City will mix a solid and compact defending base with the technical skill and pace from the forwards. Obviously, the squad is quite young with not many players aged 25 years old or more, they might lack experience in certain games although the huge majority of the squad has U17 to senior international caps and therefore have international knowledge.
I believe mid table will be reached easily by Blues and if a fantastic and exeptional performance can be achieved over 2 legs a trip to Lisbon might become a reality.
In 5 : Remi Allen ( Lincoln Ladies), Hannah Keryakoplis (Stoke ), Meghan Sargeant ( Lincoln Ladies ), Jess Carter (CoE), Sophie Baggaley (Reserves)
Out 5 : Rachel Williams ( Chelsea Ladies), Laura Bassett ( Chelsea Ladies ), Rachel Unitt ( Notts County Ladies), Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Ladies), Mary Earps ( Bristol Academy)