Women’s Football Weekend: 16-17thNovember
WSL attendance figures soared as the first ever Women’s football weekend proved a huge success and as the Tottenham co-head coach, Karen Hill expressed,
“ It shouldn’t be a moment – it should be something that hopefully becomes the norm.”
More than 70,000 attended the six matches on show last weekend that included a Super League record 38,262 fans at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium watching Arsenal’s 2-0 win against North London rivals Tottenham. This surpassed the previous record that was set on the opening day of the campaign at the Manchester Derby by a further 5,265.
In terms of the League itself after six games played only a point separates the top three of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.
The league leaders, Chelsea secured a 1-0 win against newly promoted Manchester United in front of a sell out 4,790 crowd at the Cherry Record Stadium, thanks to a penalty from Norway defender, Maren Majelde in the 68thminute.
Casey Stoney’s United side were unfortunate not to get anything from the match as their striker, Ella Toone was denied by the woodwork eight minutes from the end.
England’s Georgia Stanway featured heavily in Manchester City’s 5-0 win over West Ham United, the midfielder scored twice but was then sent off in the second half on what was her 100thappearance for the club.
Vicky Jepson’s Liverpool are still searching for their first win of the campaign after slipping to a 1-0 defeat to Merseyside rivals Everton, in the first ever Super League match to be held at Anfield.
A mistake from Liverpool keeper Anke Preuss, who fumbled Lucy Graham’s strike into the goal before half time ultimately proved the difference between the two teams.
Brighton & Hove Albion however were able to secure their first win of the season at the Amex Stadium as they beat Birmingham City 3-0 thanks to two goals from striker, Kayleigh Green. Bristol City meanwhile twice came back from two goals against Reading at the Madjeski Stadium to draw 3-3.
Preview and Predictions for Week Seven – Sunday November 24th
Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion (12:30pm)
Following Brighton’s first win of the campaign last weekend; the seagulls travel to face Casey Stoney’s Manchester United at the Leigh Sports Village. Hope Powell’s team have now won their last two games in all competitions, having also won 5-0 against the London Bees in the Continental Tyres Cup on Wednesday and look to have turned a corner after a difficult start to the season. United however will be determined to bounce back from last weekend’s set back against Chelsea.
Prediction: 2-0 Manchester United
Despite Brighton’s recent upturn in form I think Manchester United played well last week and were unlucky to not get anything. I can see them returning to winning ways in the league.
Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur (12:30pm)
Spurs come into this game having lost back-to-back games against their London rivals, Arsenal and Chelsea in all competitions. Everton meanwhile won a closely fought Merseyside Derby and are one of this season’s surprise packages having won four of their six games in the league so far and are currently sitting fourth.
Prediction: 2-1 Everton
I reckon that the Toffees will maintain their impressive start to the season, Tottenham are currently going through a tricky period and I believe that will continue at Everton’s Haig Avenue.
Bristol City vs Manchester City (12:30pm) – Live on the BBC Red Button and Online
Bristol City is one of two sides in the Super League who have yet to record a victory this season. Their were however signs that things are started to turn around for them as they showed plenty of character to claim a point at Reading last time out. Nick Cushing’s City side have been very impressive so far this campaign, despite being knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid last month they have only lost once in the league so far this season.
Prediction: 3-0 Manchester City
Despite an improved display by the West Midlands side in their last match I cannot see them getting anything against one of the leading sides.
Arsenal vs Liverpool (2pm)
The Gunners head into this game in fine form having won five out of their last six matches in all competitions. Their opponents, Liverpool however are in desperate need of a win having lost three matches and are still to win in the league this season. Vicky Jepson’s side however did play well against their Merseyside rivals last time out that demonstrates a first win might not be too far away.
Prediction: 4-0 Arsenal
Joe Montemurro’s team are on an impressive run and think that will continue against the league’s bottom side.
Birmingham City vs Chelsea (2:45pm) – Live on BT Sport 1
The Midlands side have proved to be a tough nut for the league leaders to crack in recent times. Emma Hayes’ team lost their last league meeting 3-2 back in January of this year at the Cherry Red Record Stadium and they could only draw the corresponding fixture 0-0 last season. Birmingham has however struggled to replicate their form of the last campaign having only managed one win in the league this season against the bottom side, Liverpool.
Prediction: 3-1 Chelsea
I don’t think that Birmingham are playing well enough at the moment to cause the West London side the same problems that they did last season.
West Ham United vs Reading (3pm)
Both of these sides have enjoyed mixed starts to the season so far, the Royals are currently one point and one place ahead of this Sunday’s opponents in seventh. The Hammers however have won two of the three league meetings between the teams, but the corresponding fixture last season finished 0-0.
Prediction: 1-1 Draw
Both sides are currently struggling for consistency and both managers will think this is a game that they cannot afford to lose.