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Womens super league: Everton and ARSENAL CONTINUE 100 Percent RECORD

Both Everton and Arsenal continued their 100% start to the 2020/21 Women’s Super League with their respective victories over the weekend.

Elsewhere, there was a big win for Chelsea and Birmingham City earned their first points of the campaign.

Here’s how the action played out…

Tottenham 0-1 Manchester United

The match that kicked off the weekend saw a second half Millie Turner strike separate the two teams as the away side ran out deserved victors.

Casey Stoney’s side dominated much of the match and were deserved winners when eventually one of their 18 efforts on goal managed to break the deadlock.

United moved up to fourth, whilst Spurs slipped to ninth with just one point from their opening four matches.

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-5 Arsenal

The early Sunday kick off saw anther away win as Joe Montemurro’s side continued their perfect start to the season with an emphatic result and performance to boot.

Goals from Danielle van de Donk, Jennifer Beattie, Charlotte Wubben-Moy and a brace from Vivianne Miedema helped the North Londoner’s to their comfortable win.

The Gunners look early favourites to challenge for this years title whilst Brighton looked somewhat out classed after a positive start to the season.

Everton 3-1 West Ham United

After taking an early lead through a Nicoline Sorenson finish at the back post, the female Toffees were pegged back quickly by the Hammers as Kenza Dali found the bottom corner against the run of play.

The home side, however, created numerous chances and eventually retook the lead when Lucy Graham scored from long range. The Scottish midfielder put the gloss on the day late on when she made it 3-1 in injury time.

The win maintained Everton’s 100% start to the WSL. West Ham, meanwhile, lost their third game in their opening four.

Reading 0-1 Birmingham

Two teams who had both got off to decent starts battled it out at the Madjeski Stadium in a battle to move up the table.

Despite dominating much of the match and the statistics, Reading couldn’t break the deadlock and were punished shortly after 70 minutes when Claudia Walker netted the only goal of the game to shock their hosts.

Chelsea 3-1 Manchester City

In a battle of the big guns and many peoples split favourites for title glory it was Chelsea who came out on top of a high quality encounter at Kingsmeadow.

Maren Mjelde opened the scoring from the penalty spot after half an hour before Samantha Kerr doubled the lead after half time with a near post finish following impressive build up play.

City were gifted a way back into the contest with a penalty of their own, duly converted by Chloe Kelly. Fran Kirby, however, restored the two goal advantage just minutes later and secured all three points for the hosts.

WSL Fixtures Sunday 18/10

West Ham v Manchester United, Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City v Birmingham, Reading v Manchester City, Arsenal v Tottenham.

Womens super league weekend preview

The Women’s Super League has been awash with action across its opening three weekends with Arsenal and Everton setting the early pace with their perfect records.

Here’s your preview for the fourth round of matches including the huge clash between two teams full of world stars, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United 10/10 12.30pm

Spurs go in search of their first win of the season as they host Manchester United at the Hive Stadium to get the weekend’s fixtures underway at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Having won their previous two league matches, United were well beaten by Championship side Liverpool in their opening Continental Tyres Cup match midweek and will be looking to bounce back with a win.

Brighton v Arsenal 11/10 12.30pm

Sunday’s early kick off sees seventh place Brighton welcome table topping Arsenal to the Broadfield Stadium in what looks to be a difficult task for the south coast club.

The Gunners have started the 2020/21 season in scintillating form and currently occupy the top three goal scorers in the league with Dutch midfielder Jill Roord setting the pace with six goals in the first three games.

Everton v West Ham 11/10 13.00pm

Everton are the only other side with a 100% record, not unlike the men’s side, and will be hopeful of continuing in the same vein at Walton Hall Park.

New signing’s Claire Emslie and Hayley Raso have spearheaded the Toffee’s strong start with two goals apiece. Whilst The Hammers need to recapture their form after back to back losses in the Super League.

Reading v Birmingham City 11/10 14.00pm

The Royals will be hoping for home advantage as they look to move up the table following an improvement in their performances of late leading to consecutive wins and a well earned place in sixth position.

For Birmingham City, manager Carla Ward knows her side need a victory sooner rather than later following a dismal start to their season has seen the midlands club lose all three of their league fixtures.

Chelsea v Manchester City 11/10 14.30pm

Perhaps the clash of the weekend as the defending champions Chelsea host the much fancied Man City at Kingsmeadow to round off the weekends action. Both sides have taken seven points from the opening three matches and will be hopeful of cutting the gap to the leaders.

Two teams brimmed full of star quality, Chelsea, managed by Emma Hayes, will look to the likes of Fran Kirby, Magdalena Eriksson and new arrival Pernille Harder to be pivotal to the home sides chances.

For Man City boss Gareth Taylor, he will be looking towards star signing Rose Lavelle to fire them to victory. Forward Georgia Stanway is the sides leading scorer this term with two goals from the first three games.

WSL 2

Lewes v Blackburn Rovers, Durham v Crystal Palace, Leicester City v Liverpool, Coventry City v Sheffield United, London City v London Bees.

WSL RoundUp Week Three: Everton maintain unbeaten start

The latest round of Women Super League matches saw Everton maintain their impressive start to the WSL by beating newly promoted Aston Villa 6-0 at the Walsall’s Bescot Stadium. 

Indeed, this victory marked a brilliant week for Willie Kirk’s side, which also secured their spot in the FA Cup final by overcoming League Champions Chelsea and two-time cup winners Birmingham City to set up an encounter with Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City. 

The Australian international Hayley Raso opened the scoring for the Toffees in the 20thminute, before quickly making it two by pouncing on a goalkeeping error from Villa keeper Lisa Weiss.

Things went from bad to worse for Gemma Davies’ team as Claire Emslie added a third for the Merseyside club with a curling 20 yard effort before Valerie Gauvin finished off a fine counter attacking move for Everton’s fourth, five minutes before half time. 

The second half saw Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah’s attempted cross sail in and Emslie rounded off the scoring with her second of the game and the Toffee’s sixth. 

Champions Chelsea return to winning ways

Emma Hayes’ West London side secured a hard fought 1-0 at Birmingham thanks to England international Fran Kirby.  

Kirby headed in Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert’s free kick after eight minutes to ensure Chelsea maintained their unbeaten start in the league. 

Beth England should have added a second for the Blues but it was controversially ruled out for offside. 

In Carla Ward’s third match in charge of Birmingham, they did almost manage to snatch a point late on as Claudia Walker headed Harriet Scott’s cross-just wide. 

Ward, however, is still waiting for her first WSL victory in charge of her new team. 

Chloe Kelly stars for Manchester City

This weekend, meanwhile, also proved a good weekend for former Everton striker Chloe Kelly

Kelly helped her new club, Manchester City, to a 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur by scoring two goals.  The first was a terrific effort from outside the area and the second was from the penalty spot.

American international Sam Mewis, also capped off an impressive week for her new club with her second goal in the space of four days and England striker Ellen White headed in City’s fourth.  

Anna Filbey scored a late consolation for the North London based club, who were still without marque signing Alex Morgan as she still is working her way up to match sharpness, having not played a competitive game for over a year. 

The Gunners go top of the WSL

Arsenal recovered from conceding an early goal to Bristol City to secure a 3-1 win.   

Jordan Nobbs equalised for Joe Montemurro’s team just before half-time, before Caitlin Foord made it two early in the second half, to ensure that she maintained her impressive early season form.

Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema sealed the victory for the Gunners late on after running onto Beth Mead’s through ball before using the outside of her foot to guide the ball past Sophie Baggaley in the Bristol City goal. 

Alessia Russo scores on Manchester United debut

England striker Alessia Russo marked her first start for Casey Stoney’s United with a terrific solo goal as the Red Devils secured a 3-0 win over Hope Powell’s Brighton.  

The Seagulls never looked liked getting anything from this one as Ellie Toone’s early penalty helped set United up to clinch a second consecutive victory in the Women Super League. 

The Royals edge past the Hammers at Dagenham

Elsewhere, a goal from Lauren Bruton gave Reading a 1-0 victory at West Ham.

Bruton was able to convert Natasha Harding’s cross in the 26thminute of the game, but the result was however marred by an injury to their influential midfielder, Fara Williams.

West Ham, meanwhile, in the second half missed a terrific chance to secure a share of the spoils as Royals’ keeper, Grace Moloney, saved Kenza Dali’s penalty.  

What next?

The fourth round of matches features an intriguing encounter as Champions Chelsea host last season’s runners-up Manchester City, while league leaders Arsenal travel to Brighton. 

Everton will look to maintain their unbeaten start as they host West Ham United and Casey Stoney’s Manchester United travel to face Tottenham Hotspur. 

Elsewhere, newly promoted Aston Villa are away at Bristol City and Reading host Carla Ward’s Birmingham City.  

Saturday 10thOctober

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (12:30pm)

Sunday 11thOctober

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Arsenal (12:30pm)

Everton vs West Ham United (1pm)

Bristol City vs Aston Villa (2pm)

Reading vs Birmingham City (2pm)

Chelsea vs Manchester City (2:30pm)

Womens FA Cup quarter Final Preview

2019/2020 FA Cup Resumes

As strange as its sounds to talk about FA Cup Quarter Finals in September, with all that’s going on in the world credit to the FA for finishing last season Women’s FA Cup.

FA Director of the women’s professional game Kelly Simmons said:

“A significant amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure the Women’s FA Cup can be completed and I am delighted that we have received the necessary approval for its conclusion”.

Simmons continued:

“The Women’s FA Cup is a showpiece fixture in the football calendar and because of that there was a huge appetite for the remaining rounds to be played”.

The show piece final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 31st of October. But before that we have the quarter and semi finals to be played.

The quarter finals will take place this weekend starting with the north London derby on Saturday (Kick off 17:15). The winners of this will face the winners of Leicester City v Manchester City who met on Sunday at 14:00. Also on Sunday Everton host Chelsea at 13:00 with the winners facing Brighton or Birmingham who will face off at 14:00.

All games will be played behind closed doors. Arsenal’s game with Tottenham will be shown on BBC2 from 5pm on Saturday. While Everton v Chelsea will be streamed on the FA Player.

Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal head into this derby fixture having gotten off to a flying start in the WSL. With 9-1 and 6-1 wins over West ham and Reading respectively. The gunners have been on fire in front of goal. Tottenham however have suffered defeat to Everton 1-0 and drew with West ham 1-1.

New Arsenal player Steph Catley spoke to the clubs website about the competition:

“Its a brand new experience for me. the reason you play football is to win trophies, so to come in at such a late stage and be really close to winning one is really exciting”

Arsenal boast a wealth of international talent within their squad. Dutch midfielder Jill Roord has had a great start with six goals in two games. While fellow Netherlands international Vivianne Miedema has scored four goals so far. The Gunners also boast the likes of England stars Beth Mead and Jordan Nobbs, Dutch attacker Danielle Van de Donk and Scotland international Kim Little. Joe Montemurro’s side, therefore, must be considered heavy favourites.

Tottenham will be no push over’s, however, after recently signing US legend and World Cup winner Alex Morgan. Alex spoke to the club website about coming to play in England:

“I’ve heard so many great things about the WSL and some of my team-mates from the national team have come over and signed with other clubs in the WSL”. “I wanted to challenge myself and play in a different league”.

Players To Watch

For Arsenal Jill Roord and Vivianne Miedema have been scoring for fun. Jordan Nobbs and Danielle Van de Donk will also play an important part for Arsenal. As for Tottenham Australia defender Alanna Kennedy will need to be at her best. Anna Filbey will be looking to continue her good form, after Wales’ narrow 1-0 defeat to Norway. But there could be a staring role for Alex Morgan who may make her first appearance.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham

Everton V Chelsea

Everton host Chelsea in Sundays early game Kick off 13:00. The game will be streamed live on the FA Player.

Everton head into this game on the back of two wins in the WSL. A 1-0 victory over Tottenham and a 4-0 win over Bristol City. Lucy Graham scored twice in the win over Bristol while Isobel Christiansen got the winner against Tottenham.

Chelsea opened the WSL with at draw away to Manchester United (1-1) with a goal from Sam Kerr. In their second game they hammered Bristol City by nine goals. Kirby, Mjelde, Leupolz, Cuthbert, Bright, England, Charles, Harder and Kerr all getting on the scoresheet.

In the last five meeting between these side Chelsea have won four and there has been one draw. Everton’s last win was in 2013 when they won 3-2.

Players To Watch

For Everton Ingrid Wold the Norwegian international helped Norway to a 1-0 win over Wales on Tuesday will be key to stopping Chelsea’s So-Yun Ji, Fran kirby and Beth England. Scotland international Lucy Graham has two goals for the season and will be looking to add more.

For Chelsea they have world stars right across the squad. Norwegian trio Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir and Guro Reiten. Sophie Ingle, So-Yon Ji, Fran Kirby can all change games. While Sam Kerr is one of the best strikers in the world.

Prediction: Everton 0-4 Chelsea

Brighton V Birmingham City

These sides met each other on the opening day of the WSL season. Brighton won the game by two goals to nil, with stikes from Megan Connolly and Inessa Kaagman. The score flattered the Blues as Brighton hit fifteen attempts to their four.

Brighton’s second game saw them hold Man City to a goalless draw. They sit in sixth place after two games. After finishing ninth at the early end of last season Brighton will want to push on this season.

Birmingham’s poor start continued with a 5-2 defeat to Manchester United. They did lead in the match after conceding early. A Claudia Walker equaliser and an own goal from Abbie McManus giving them a brief lead. United leveled before the break, then hit three without reply in the second half.

Players to Watch

For Brighton Inessa Kaagman and Kayleigh Green will be important. Also 18 year old english defender Maya Le Tissier has looked a great talent in the first two rounds of the WSL. Birmingham will be looking for more goals from Claudia Walker.

Prediction: Brighton 2-0 Birmingham City

Leicester City v Manchester City

Leicester enter the quarter finals as the only Championship side remaining in the competition. They have begun their season with a 3-0 win over Blackburn and a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United. They sit second in the championship on goal difference.

FA Cup holders Manchester City have a win and draw in their opening WSL fixtures. City boss Gareth Taylor spoke to clubs website ahead of this game saying:

“The girls are under no illusions that we need to be better in the final third with our decision-making and final action where it matters”.

Taylor continued:

“Goals are important and of course, we don’t want to concede any. Its a positive in that respect- we’ve had two clean sheets”.

Aoife Mannion, Megan Campbell and Lauren Hemp are all confirmed to be out of contention though injuries. In positive news though Rose Lavelle may get her first start.

Players to Watch

For Leicester Natasha Flint has three goals in two games for the season. Millie Farrow has one goal in one and is another Leicester player to watch. Manchester City have an outstanding squad of international players, however, keep an eye on American pair Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis.

Prediction: Leicester City 0-3 Manchester City

WSL RoundUp Week Two: Champions Chelsea register first win of the 2020-21 Season

The latest round of Women Super League matches incredibly featured two sides scoring nine goals past their respective opponents. 

Indeed, WSL Champions Chelsea registered their first win of the campaign with a 9-0 win over Tanya Oxtoby’s Bristol City side.  

Emma Hayes’ Blues were ruthless in front of goal in an impressive team display, which saw nine different goal scorers.  England International Fran Kirby opened the scoring with her first WSL goal for 16 months since returning from pericarditis. 

The West London club doubled their advantage 16 minutes later through Norwegian defender Maren Mjelde from the penalty spot after Yana Daniels fouled Ji So-yun. 

Scottish winger Erin Cuthbert then ensured that Chelsea’s impressive performance continued as she provided the free kick for Melanie Leupolz to head home, before she scored herself from a long-range strike just outside the penalty area. Millie Bright then headed in the Blue’s fifth just before half time.

Things did not improve for The Robins in the second half as PFA Player of the Year Beth England tapped in from close range, before new signing Niamh Charles got in on the act by scoring on her first appearance for her new club.  

Record signing Pernille Harder then opened her goalscoring account with an impressive backheel into the net before Australian international Sam Kerr completed the rout.

The other team to score nine goals past their opponents was Arsenal, who secured a 9-1 win over London rivals West Ham. 

The match was selected as a test event for the reintroduction of crowds and the 734 fans certainly got their money’s worth. 

The two sides were evenly matched in the first part of the game as Jill Roord put the Gunners ahead with a side-footed finish before the hosts equalised through a Kenza Dali half volley just outside the area. 

The game, however, was effectively over as a contest when Hammer’s captain Gilly Flaherty was sent off just after Arsenal had retaken the lead through Dutch international Vivianne Miedema.

Midfielder Kim Little finished off a fine team move before England striker Beth Mead made it 4-1 to the North London side just before the break.  

The second half saw further misery for the home side and their fans as Roord scored a further two goals to ensure she went home with the match ball for the second game running.  

In between Roord’s goals Miedema was able to add another to her tally before Leah Williamson and Caitlin Foord completed the scoring, which saw the Gunners move to the top of the table, with two wins out of two and managing to score 15 goals in the process.    

New signings Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood meanwhile were unable to inspire Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City side, who, were held to a 0-0 draw in their first home match of the campaign by a stubborn Brighton team.

The other side of Manchester, however, had no such problems as they achieved their first three points of the campaign away at Birmingham City.  Casey Stoney’s Manchester United were successfully able to overturn a 2-1 half-time deficit thanks to two goals from Kirsty Hanson, who inspired United to a 5-2 win.  

Elsewhere, Reading were able to recover from a disappointing 6-1 opening day defeat to Arsenal with a strong first half display against newly promoted Aston Villa.  Goals from Amalie Eikeland, Laura Bruton and a Fara Williams penalty ensured The Royals of a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time.  

Although a penalty from Stine Larsen 11 minutes from the end offered the midlands side a way back into the game they ultimately never looked likely to threaten to get back into the match. 

The final WSL game saw Everton maintain their impressive start to the season with a 1-0 win over Tottenham.  The North London club were minus their new marque signing Alex Morgan, and ultimately did not offer much going forward.  Subsequently, they slumped to defeat on Merseyside, thanks to a header from England international Izzy Christiansen. 

What next?

The Women Super League takes a two-week break with the next round of games being played on Sunday 4thOctober.

Before that though, the weekend of the 26/27thSeptember features Women’s FA Cup Quarter Finals, which includes a North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. WSL Champions Chelsea, meanwhile, travel to in-form Everton, while Championship side Leicester City take on Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City. 

The remaining Quarter Final sees Hope Powell’s Brighton host Midlands side, Birmingham City. 

Women’s FA Quarter Final Ties

Saturday 26thSeptember

Arsenal Women vs Tottenham Women (12:30pm)

Everton Women vs Chelsea Women (1pm)

Leicester City Women vs Manchester City Women (1pm)

Sunday 27thSeptember

Brighton & Hove Albion Women vs Birmingham City Women (3pm)