Following a record-breaking attendance of 77,768 for the England international match against Germany last weekend, The FA is set to launch the first ever Women’s Football Weekend this Sunday 17thNovember.
All 12 teams will be in action in the Women’s Super League with three of the six ties being played at Premier League grounds and another at a well- known and highly respected Championship stadium.
The weekend begins at 12:30pm with a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final as Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season against a strong Arsenal team last time out. They host West Ham at their Academy Stadium.
Brighton’s Amex Stadium will see the Seagulls welcome fellow strugglers Birmingham City, while Reading entertain Bristol City at the Madejski, both at 2pm.
The other 2pm kick-off sees league leaders Chelsea against newly promoted Manchester United at the Blues Cherry Red Record Stadium, in what promises to be an entertaining match between two of the divisions in-form sides.
The final two matches feature two of the most enthralling Derbies in English football. The Merseyside Derby will take place in front of the Kop at Anfield between Liverpool and Everton. The North London Derby meanwhile is set to take place at The Tottenham Hotspur stadium as Tottenham Hotspur host Arsenal.
Tickets at Anfield are set to cost just £5 for adults while tickets to Tottenham vs Arsenal priced slightly more at £6.50, both matches start from 3pm.
FA Cup Final Rematch
Both Manchester City and West Ham United will be looking to get back to winning ways. West Ham suffered a 3-1 defeat against table topping Chelsea, while Manchester City lost for the first time in the Super League away at defending champions Arsenal, 1-0.
Nick Cushing’s Manchester City side completed the domestic cup double against Matt Beard’s West Ham team the last time these two sides met back in May of this year, winning 3-0.
City also completed the league double over the Hammers last season that included a 7-1 victory at the Academy Stadium.
The Hammers will need to watch out for striker Pauline Bremer. The German international so far has eight goals in nine games this season for City.
Match Prediction: Manchester City 4-1 West Ham United
Cannot see anything other than a comfortable Manchester City home win in this one.
Amex and Madejski Stadiums host Women Super League football
Hope Powell’s Brighton side host Birmingham City. The Seagulls are still waiting for their first win in the Super League this season having lost 2-0 away at Everton last time out. Birmingham however gained their first win of the season, a 2-0 home win against Liverpool.
The South Coast club will very much be looking a repeat of last season’s 2-1 score line.
Prediction: Brighton 1-1 Birmingham City
The matches last season between the sides were close and I can see both teams cancelling each other out this time around.
Reading has had somewhat of a mixed start to this season so far.
The Royals have managed six points from their opening five matches; they are coming off a 2-0 loss against newly promoted Manchester United. Bristol City meanwhile is one of three sides still without a win in the Super League, they were only narrowly beaten 2-1 against Tottenham in their last game.
Reading won both league matches against the West Midlands club last season; this included a comprehensive 3-0 home win.
Prediction: Reading 2-0 Bristol City
Predict that it will be relatively comfortable win for The Royals.
Battle of two in-form teams
The League leaders Chelsea host Casey Stoney’s Manchester United at the Cherry Red Record Stadium. Both of these sides have won their last four matches in all competitions.
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea team remain the only unbeaten Super League side, while the only two defeats that Manchester United have received were against last season’s top two sides, Arsenal and local rivals Manchester City.
This Sunday’s match will mark the first ever meeting between the two teams.
The Red Devils will need to keep talented England international Beth England quiet. The Blues striker has two goals and one assist so far this campaign and she recently scored in England’s 3-2 win against the Czech Republic.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Manchester United
Predicting that the league leaders will maintain their unbeaten record.
Merseyside Derby in front of The Kop
Liverpool will be hoping that hosting the first ever Women Super League fixture at Anfield will inspire the team to their first win of the season against fierce rivals Everton.
The Reds won this fixture 3-1 in the last campaign and will be looking for more of the same this time around.
In complete contrast to their Merseyside rivals, Everton have enjoyed a strong start and are currently fifth in the table with three wins from their five matches so far.
Liverpool will have to stop England striker Chloe Kelly. She is currently the division’s leading scorer with four goals.
Prediction: Liverpool 1-2 Everton
I predict that Chloe Kelly will prove the difference between the two teams in this one.
First ever WSL North London Derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Newly promoted Tottenham Hotspur will take on Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal in their first ever Women Super League match.
Both sides won their last matches and will be looking to build on those results. Arsenal in particular will be looking to keep pace with title rivals Chelsea.
Tottenham will have to look out for prolific Dutch striker Danielle van de Donk. She is currently the Gunners top goal scorer in the Super League with three goals.
Prediction: Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal
Can see Arsenal coming out on top in this one. The Gunners attackers are in good form with the likes of Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema as well as the previously mentioned van de Donk.
Fixture list: Sunday 17th November
Manchester City vs West Ham United (Kick-off 12:30pm)
Reading vs Bristol City (2pm)
Chelsea vs Manchester United (2pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Birmingham City (2pm)
Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal (3pm) – Live on BT Sport
Liverpool vs Everton (3pm)