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WSL Update: Gameweek nine review and preview of the last Super League matches of 2019

Chelsea defeat title rivals, Arsenal return to the top of the table and teenager Lauren James fires United to victory

Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side scored twice in three second half minutes to secure an important 2-1 victory over fellow title contenders Manchester City.

 Manchester City’s England midfielder, Caroline Weir had opened the scoring for Nick Cushing’s team, volleying in Keira Walsh’s cross.  The Blues top scorer Beth England equalised in the 79thminute, heading in a rebound after Ji So-Yun’s effort was palmed away by Manchester City goalkeeper, Ellie Roebuck. Three minutes later England turned provider as she set up Norwegian midfielder, Maren Mjelde for what proved to be the winner.

This was the Blues first Super League success over Manchester City since July 2014, since then there have been five defeats and five draws for the West London side.

The Champions, Arsenal meanwhile secured a comfortable 3-0 over Reading.  Vivianne Miedema continued where she left off against Bristol City last week as she scored twice, either side of brilliant looping volley from the Gunners captain, Kim Little.

Casey Stoney’s Manchester United recovered from conceding an early second minute goal thanks to 18-year-old forward, Lauren James, who scored twice and drew the foul that won the penalty that captain, Katie Zelem converted.

Liverpool score first WSL goal from open play

Niamh Charles scored the reds first goal from open play to earn a second point for Vicky Jepson’s team this season.  Canadian forward, Adriana Leon had opened the scoring for West Ham in the first half before Charles equalised to ensure the match finished 1-1.

Spurs and Birmingham return to winning ways

Elsewhere Tottenham secured a 1-0 victory against Hope Powell’s Brighton thanks to a Victoria Williams own goal and goals from Lucy Whipp and Abbi Grant ensured a 2-0 for Birmingham at Bristol City.

Gameweek Ten Preview: Sunday 15thDecember

Manchester City vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Kick-off 12:30)

Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their disappointment at Chelsea last time out.  Nick Cushing’s team have yet to concede a goal at home this season and have also won both their encounters with the seagulls last season.  Brighton meanwhile is still to win away in this WSL campaign, so the signs do not look good for Hope Powell’s team.

Prediction: Manchester City 5-0 win

We predict that the Manchester club get back on the winning trail and will score a few goals in the process.

Everton vs Arsenal (12:30)

The Gunners head into this encounter having scored 14 goals in their past two games, against Bristol City and Reading. They also have a good record against the Toffees having won all four of their Super League meetings, including a 4-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season.

Following a strong start to their WSL campaign Everton’s form has been very up and down in recent weeks. The Toffees defence will also have the unenviable task of trying to keep prolific Dutch striker, Vivianne Miedema, who has scored eight goals in her past two WSL matches.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 win

Everton will prove a tougher opposition for the defending champions however ultimately we think they will get the win.

Reading vs Tottenham Hotspur (14:00)

The Royals have struggled in front of their own fans this season and have only managed one win at home all season in the WSL that was against Everton back in October.  Tottenham meanwhile got back to winning ways last time out but have only won twice away in the league in this campaign.  The only previous meeting between the sides ended in a 4-0 Tottenham win.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 win

Both of these sides are very closely matched in terms of league position, we reckon that Spurs will just about edge this one.

Liverpool vs Chelsea (14:00)

In terms of performances, Vicky Jepson’s side have been steadily improving in the past few weeks.  The reds got a draw last week and only lost 1-0 against the other two title contenders, Arsenal and Manchester City in the last few weeks.

Chelsea meanwhile picked up a huge win against Manchester City last week and has still yet to lose a game in the WSL this season. The out look for the Merseyside club in terms of the head to head with Emma Hayes’ team does look bleak as they have lost all seven encounters between the two teams.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 win

Despite Liverpool’s recent improvement we can’t see anything other than another Chelsea win to keep their unbeaten record in the league intact. 

Birmingham City vs Manchester United (14:00)

The Blues picked up an important victory last week against Bristol City to end a run of four games without a win.  Manchester United also picked up three points as well to continue their impressive WSL home form, where they have only lost once at home all season.

Casey Stoney’s form on the road however has been less impressive, they have lost their last two away games against West Ham and Chelsea.  This is the first time these sides have met in the WSL.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-0 win

We reckon this will be another close game with the Red Devils ultimately coming away with the three points.

Bristol City vs West Ham United (15:00)

The out of form Robins head into this game on the back of four consecutive defeats, three of those defeats were by five goals or more, two against Arsenal 11-1 and 7-0 and one against Manchester City, 5-0.

The Hammers meanwhile head into this game in slightly better form having drawn 1-1 against Liverpool in their last match.  They also did the league double over the West Midlands club last season that included a 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture back in April of this year.

Prediction: West Ham United 3-1 win

We predict it will be another difficult afternoon for Bristol City. 

 

 

 

WSL weekly round-up and predictions for week eight

The top five sides in the Women’s Super League all won in this week’s round of matches, while 10-player Reading pulled off a remarkable 3-2 comeback against West Ham United.   

Convincing wins for the WSL top two

League leaders Chelsea thrashed Birmingham City 6-0 thanks to a brilliant free kick from Ji-So- Yun, a striker’s finish from centre back Millie Bright doubled the Blues advantage. Two goals a piece from England striker Beth England and Drew Spence followed this.

Title challengers Manchester City put five past West Midlands side Bristol City to claim their sixth win of the season from seven games.  Belgium’s Tessa Wullaert scored the only goal of an otherwise uneventful first half.

The second half saw Nick Cushing’s side run away with it however, England’s star striker Ellen White doubled the visitors lead before German striker Pauline Bremer scored two late goals either side of Caroline Weir’s long range finish.

Defending Champions grind out win

The Gunners meanwhile stay in third place following a 1-0 win over bottom side Liverpool.  Last season’s top scorer, Vivianne Miedema scored the only goal of the game mid-way through the first half.

Joe Montemurro’s side however were wasteful in front of goal with Beth Mead and Danielle van de Donk wasting good chances, while Leah Williamson struck the cross bar from long range.

Liverpool meanwhile has still to score from open play this season with their only goal coming in the 1-1 draw with Bristol City from the penalty spot.

Toffees prove too good for Spurs

Everton secure their third league win in a row as they produced an impressive display against Tottenham.  The Toffees captain, Lucy Graham scored one and had a huge influence in forcing the own goal.

This win moves the Merseyside club up to fourth in the table just three points behind Arsenal in third.

United record their biggest WSL win so far

Leah Galton starred in an impressive 4-0 win for Casey’s Stoney’s Manchester United side against Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion.  The United striker scored two and set up the opening goal for winger Lauren James. Katie Zalem then secured all three points for the home side from the spot late on.

This win means that the Red Devils have won four of their past five matches in the WSL and currently sit fifth in the table.

Royals pull off stunning comeback

The most entertaining match of the weekend involved last season’s FA Cup Finalists, West Ham.  The Hammers went 2-0 up through goals from Katharina Baunach and Irish striker Leanne Kieran, in between the goals; Reading’s Welsh midfielder, Rachel Rowe was shown a straight red card.

The Royals however, went on to score three goals in seven second half minutes to complete a remarkable 3-2 win. They could have even added to their tally as England midfielder Fara Williams and Sophie Howard both hit the woodwork.

Preview and Predictions for Week 8

Friday November 29th

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Reading Kick-off (19:45)

The Royals won both meetings between the sides last season and have been impressive away from home this campaign so far having won three of their four away matches.

Hope Powell’s team meanwhile have only won one match at home all season, however that win came in their last home match against Birmingham City.

Prediction: Reading 3-1

The Royals are coming off an impressive victory against West Ham last week and have the momentum, I can see them claiming all three points in this one.

Sunday December 1st

Everton vs Chelsea (12:30)

In the four meetings that have taken place between these two sides so far Everton are yet to record a victory.  The Toffees however did draw this corresponding fixture last season 0-0 back in September 2018.

Both sides are also in terrific form at the moment as Everton have won three WSL games in a row against Brighton, Liverpool and Tottenham.  While the Blues have yet to loose a match all season and have so far only dropped points against Brighton, where they drew 1-1 in matchday two.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1

This is a tough game for league leaders, Everton are playing well at the moment however I can see Emma Hayes’ side just sneaking the win.

Arsenal vs Bristol City (12:30) – Live on BBC Red Button and online

This is the second meeting in the space of two weeks between these two sides.  Arsenal won their league cup meeting with Bristol City 7-0 so the West Midlands club will certainly go into this match with trepidation.

Bristol City are still yet to win a match in the Super League this season and have never beaten Arsenal in their previous six meetings with the Gunners.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0

The Gunners were wasteful in front of goal against Liverpool and should have scored more last weekend, Bristol City however are struggling and can’t see them proving too much trouble for Joe Montemurro’s side.

Manchester City vs Liverpool (14:00)

Liverpool have only beaten Manchester City once in their seven encounters between the two sides, that victory came back in May 2018, a 1-0 win curtsy of a goal from Beth England, who now plays for Chelsea.

This season the citizens are currently unbeaten at home and have won every Super League home match so far.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-0

I am predicting another comfortable afternoon for Nick Cushing’s side. 

West Ham United vs Manchester United (15:00)

This is the first Super League match between these two sides; the Hammers however have been struggling at home so far this season having only won once.  That was on match day two against Birmingham City 1-0.

Casey Stoney’s team meanwhile have been in good form in the last few matches and were unlucky to loose their last away match at Chelsea 1-0.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1

Expect the red devils to keep their impressive start to WSL life going.

Wednesday 4thDecember

Birmingham City vs Tottenham Hotspur (19:30)

This game has been moved from it’s orginal date due to Solihull’s FA Cup Second round match with Rotherham at Birmingham’s SportNation.Bet Stadium on the 2ndDecember.   

This is the first ever-domestic meeting between these two sides as Tottenham are newly promoted to the Super League this season.

Both sides are coming into this game out of form having lost their last three matches in all competitions.

The midlands side struggles show how they have missed the influence of former striker Ellen White who scored 21 super league goals in 26 appearances for the club before departing for Manchester City in the summer.

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0

Birmingham City are a team that are struggling to replicate their form of the last campaign and lost comprehensively against Chelsea last time out. I think that Tottenham will be the team that gets back on track in this one.