Defending champions Arsenal secured a vital 3-2 win at Liverpool in the latest round of the Women Super League.
The impressive Rinsola Babajide had given Liverpool a surprise lead against Joe Montemurro’s side, breaking clear to slide the ball past Pauline Peyraud-Magnin in the Arsenal goal.
England international, Jordan Nobbs then sparked a dramatic three-minute turn around for the Gunners. She provided the cross for Vivianne Miedema to steer home. Nobbs then scored herself with a powerful header into the top corner.
Rachel Furness however was able to draw the reds level before half time after capitalising on a defensive error from Arsenal full back Lisa Evans.
In the second half, just when it looked like the defending champions were going to drop crucial points, their star striker Miedema again popped up with a critical header to secure the Gunners first win in three WSL games.
Arsenal’s WSL rivals Chelsea and Manchester City both secured home victories against relegation threatened Birmingham City and Bristol City respectively.
Beth England managed to keep up her impressive WSL scoring record for the Blues by grabbing the crucial second and her 13thof the campaign, to help secure a 2-0 victory over the Midlands Club.
In Alan Mahon’s first game in charge of Manchester City meanwhile, Gemma Bonner’s second minute goal was enough to earn the Citizens a 1-0 victory over Bristol City.
A 2-0 victory for Reading over East London side West Ham United was enough to move them up to fourth above Casey Stoney’s Manchester United team, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion.
Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Everton in a fiery encounter at their Hive Stadium.
Goals from the Toffees top scorer, Chloe Kelly and Inessa Kaagman had put the Merseyside club in control, however Spurs’ substitute Angela Addison and a long-range free kick from Emma Mitchell earned the North London side a share of the spoils.
February 23rdMatch Previews
Everton vs Manchester United (12:30pm Kick-off)
There is just one point and one place separating these two sides and is a crucial match in the race for finishing fourth.
Casey Stoney’s team have won just once on the road in their past five visits and that was against relegation threatened Birmingham City.
Everton’s home form meanwhile has been pretty good in recent weeks and they have only lost to Manchester City and Arsenal in their last five home games.
Manchester United however won both the previous meetings between the sides including a 3-0 victory at Everton last November in the Continental Tyres Cup.
Prediction Everton 2-0 win
We fancy the Toffees to secure their first win over Manchester United this time around with recently called up England striker, Chloe Kelly proving the difference.
Birmingham City vs Bristol City (2pm)
This is certainly a relegation six pointer between these two midlands’ clubs.
Bristol City are currently bottom of the Super League but could move up to 10thwith a win over rivals Birmingham City.
Both sides come into this one not in the best of form and have only managed wins in cup games in recent weeks.
The Blues do boast a strong record against the Robins having won five of their previous six encounters including a 2-0 win in the league’s reverse fixture last December.
Prediction: Birmingham City 1-0 win
We believe that Birmingham City will secure the crucial three points in tense encounter.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur (2pm)
Hope Powell’s Brighton side come into this one in good form having just lost one of their last five matches. They have also only lost just once at home in 2020, against defending champions Arsenal.
Spurs meanwhile have been relatively inconsistent in their first season in the WSL so far, however they do find themselves well clear of relegation at this point.
The North London side won the only encounter between the sides back in December in a closely fought 1-0 game at The Hive Stadium.
Prediction: Brighton 2-1 win
We are going for another home win in this one, the Seagulls have been strong at home in recent weeks and we are anticipating them to put on another strong showing in front of their own fans.
Manchester City vs Chelsea (2pm)
This is arguably the title decider and featured game of the weekend.
Both of these sides are in terrific form, Chelsea are still unbeaten throughout this campaign yet they currently sit second, one point behind their latest opponents Manchester City.
Emma Hayes’ side do however crucially have a game in hand over the Citizens and the home team also come into this one with a newly appointed manager in Alan Mahon, who is taking charge of just his second match.
The West London club won the only meeting of the season so far in 2-1 win at Kings Meadow.
Presently that remains to date Chelsea’s only victory over Manchester City.
Prediction 1-1 draw
We do not think there is much to split these two teams and we believe this will be a score draw.
West Ham United vs Liverpool (3pm)
West Ham United have been struggling in recent weeks with just one win in their past five games. That came against Brighton in mid-January.
Vicky Jepson’s Liverpool however have been putting in some good performances recently without getting results, they certainly challenged defending champions Arsenal last time out.
Liverpool’s record against the Hammers is also a good one; they have won two of their three encounters and drew 1-1 against them earlier this season.
Prediction Liverpool 3-1 win
The Merseyside club have been impressive in recent weeks and with the likes of Rinsola Babajide and Rachel Furness in the side we think that they will fire Liverpool to a crucial three points.