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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.

Women’s Football Weekend

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)

Women’s Super League Round Up: Week Five

Chelsea became the new leaders of the Women Super League following the completion of the fifth round of fixtures.

Emma Hayes’ side claimed a hard fought 3-1 win at West Ham United’s Rush Green Stadium.

Arsenal meanwhile bounced back from their defeat against Chelsea last time out, by overcoming title rivals Manchester City at Meadow Park 1-0, ensuring that City lost their perfect winning start to the campaign.

A bad week for Nick Cushing’s side was compounded in the Champions League, where Spanish side Atletico Madrid eliminated City 3-2 on aggregate.

Elsewhere, Casey Stoney’s Manchester United made it three wins in a row by claiming a 2-0 victory over Reading.

Merseyside club, Everton returned to winning ways against Hope Powell’s Brighton and newly promoted Tottenham Hotspur emerged victorious in the West Country against Bristol City.

The final games of the day saw Liverpool’s early season struggles continue as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham City.

Sunday 27thOctober results

Everton 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

 Manchester United 2-0 Reading

 Birmingham City 2-0 Liverpool

 Arsenal 1-0 Manchester City

 Bristol City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

 West Ham United 1-3 Chelsea

 Ji So-Yun fires the Blues top

Chelsea had to come from 1-0 down to defeat their London rivals, West Ham United.

Canadian striker, Adriana Leon gave the Hammers a shock lead with her first touch after coming on as a 58thminute substitute.

Welsh Captain, Sophie Ingle however equalised for the West London club ten minutes later with her second goal of the season.

Two minutes later, Ji-So Yun completed the turn around, firing in a stunning 20-yard strike past American goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan, before Drew Spence secured the victory in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

First league defeat for Manchester City

Vivanne Miedema scored her first ever goal against Manchester City with a clinical right-footed finish just before half time. This goal consigned Nick Cushing’s team to a first league defeat of the season.

The Gunners were worthy winners and could have added more to the one goal that they scored as Scottish international, Lisa Evans struck the cross-bar in the second half, while midfielder Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead also wasted good chances.

The Red Devils make it three in a row

A Kirsty Hanson volley and a composed one-on-one finish from substitute Jessica Sigsworth, five minutes from the end secured victory for Manchester United over Reading.

Casey Stoney’s newly promoted team continue to impress in their first Super League campaign as they now gained nine points out of a possible 15 as well as a 2-0 victory over fierce rivals, Manchester City in the Continental Cup.

Pressure mounts on two time Super League winners

Birmingham City earned their first league win of the campaign at Damson Park against former two time winners of the Super League, Liverpool.

The Blues secured a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from defender Kerys Harrop, who headed in England midfielder Lucy Staniforth’s free kick. Stainiforth then completed the scoring with curling left footed finish seven minutes from the end.

This latest defeat for Vicky Jepson’s side sent them bottom of the table and they are still without a win in the WSL, with only one point from their opening five matches.

Toffees return to winning ways and Spurs triumph in the West Country

The final two matches saw Everton end a two match losing run as they beat Brighton 2-0 thanks to a fourth goal in five matches from striker Chloe Kelly and a header from on loan Manchester City defender, Esme Morgan.

Finally Tottenham Hotspur secured their third league victory of the season with a 2-1 win over Bristol City.

Abi Hasson had initially put the hosts, Bristol City ahead in the ninth minute following a goalmouth scramble. The West Country Club however are still looking for their first win of the season, thanks to two goals from Tottenham’s new striker, Kit Graham

What next?

The Women Super League takes a break for the next few weeks with the next round of fixtures not due to take place until Sunday 17thNovember. 

There are however tantalising England international fixtures.  The Three Lionesses first take on former World Champions, Germany in a sold out match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 9thNovember. This is followed by a trip to face the Czech Republic on Tuesday 12thNovember.

England Women’s International fixtures

Saturday 9thNovember

England vs Germany Kick-off (5:30pm)

Tuesday 12thNovember

Czech Republic vs England (7:15pm)

(Photo – Chelsea FC)

Women’s Super League Round Up: Week Four

Emma Hayes’ Chelsea inflicted reigning champions Arsenal’s first defeat of the season in front of a 4,149 crowd at The Cherry Red Record Stadium. This resulted in the Blues moving above the Gunners to second in the table, following their 2-1 win.

 The league leaders, Manchester City, meanwhile continued their impressive start to the campaign with a 3-0 win over Birmingham City.

Elsewhere, Manchester United secured their first away win in the Women Super League with a comfortable 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur’s Hive Stadium, while Reading triumphed over Everton in a 3-2 thriller.

 The weekend’s final two contests saw West Ham win 3-1 against Hope Powell’s Brighton side on the South Coast and Liverpool gained their first point of the campaign as they drew 1-1 with fellow strugglers Bristol City.

The Blues secure crucial win in the London Derby

It was Chelsea who emerged triumphant in an absorbing contest with title rivals Arsenal.

The Gunners got the better of the early exchanges and took the lead in the ninth minute through Danielle van de Donk.  The Dutch midfielder scored her third goal of the season, following a quality through ball from star striker Vivianne Miedema.

The Blues however gradually improved and equalised shortly after half time through in form striker and last season’s top scorer, Beth England, who tapped in fellow England international, Fran Kirby’s cut back.

Both sides had chances to win the match but it was substitute defender Maria Thorisdottir, who curled in the late winner, five minutes from time to ensure that the home side emerged with the victory.

City continue to set the early pace in WSL

Manchester City meanwhile continued their 100 per cent winning start to the season following a convincing 3-0 victory over midlands side Birmingham City. The pace setters are still to concede a goal in their four league matches in this campaign.

England midfielder Keira Walsh put the home team in front through a deflected strike in the 27thminute.

Belgium’s Tessa Wullaert then turned in Janine Beckie’s cross just after half time to double the hosts’ advantage and the scoring was rounded off by substitute South Korean forward Lee Geum-min.

United made two wins on the spin

Casey Stoney’s Manchester United side secured their second victory of the Women Super League season against fellow newly promoted side Spurs.

United opened the scoring through Kirsty Hanson’s deflected strike in the 13thminute, before Leah Galton’s cross was turned in by Tottenham defender Ashleigh Neville, to double the Manchester side’s advantage shortly after half-time.

Manchester United’s striker, Lauren James was then sent off for a second yellow in the last minute of normal time, however United still managed to add a third goal through substitute Jane Ross to secure the points.

The Royals emerged victorious in a five-goal blockbuster

Reading’s Fara Williams played a key role in the Royals’ 3-2 victory over Everton.

The experienced England midfielder assisted all three of the Royals’ goals from set pieces; Jade Moore scored two of them while Lisa-Marie Utland headed in the winner from a corner midway through the second half.

The Hammers win on the South Coast while Liverpool and Bristol City play out draw

West Ham United bounced back from their disappointing loss to London rivals Tottenham with a convincing 3-1 win over Brighton.

The goals were scored by summer signing Martha Thomas, a penalty from their French midfielder Kenza Dali and youngster Alisha Lehmann scored the third. Megan Connolly provided the late consolation for the hosts.

Liverpool meanwhile scored their first league of the season as they came from behind to draw against Bristol City; Ebony Salmon had given the West-Country club the lead before Mel Lawley slotted home a penalty 18 minutes from the end.

What next?

The featured contest for game week round five sees another battle between two title contenders as Arsenal host Manchester City at Meadow Park, a game that can be viewed on BT Sport from 2:30pm. 

Chelsea meanwhile will hope to take advantage when they travel to face London rivals West Ham United. 

Manchester United will be aiming to make it three wins in a row when they host Reading, elsewhere Everton will look to return to winning ways when they host struggling Brighton.

The remaining two matches see midlands side Birmingham City play at home to bottom club Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur travel to face Bristol City.

Dates of next WSL Fixtures

Sunday 27thOctober

Everton vs Brighton & Hove Albion Kick off (12:30pm)

Manchester United vs Reading (12:30pm)

Birmingham City vs Liverpool (2pm)

Arsenal vs Manchester City (2:30pm)

Bristol City vs Tottenham Hotspur (3pm)

West Ham United vs Chelsea (3pm)

(Photo Credit – 90min)

Women Super League Preview: Week Four

Round four of the Women Super League features defending champions Arsenal up against London rivals Chelsea.  Both sides will be looking to gain the early physiological advantage in the title race when they meet in this Sunday’s round of matches. 

Fellow rivals Manchester City will be hoping to take advantage of their closest two challengers playing each other when they take on Birmingham City in the Saturday game.  

 Elsewhere, newly promoted sides Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United will do battle at Tottenham’s Hive Stadium at the slightly earlier kick-off of 12:30pm on Sunday.  While early season strugglers Liverpool host Bristol City, where both sides will be aiming for their first win of the season.

 The final two matches of the weekend see Reading against Everton and Hope Powell’s Brighton are at home to West Ham United.

Title rivals battle it out

The Gunners have started the season in fine form, with three wins from three.  They won 4-0 against Brighton last time out and travel to Chelsea’s Cherry Red Record Stadium full of confidence.

The Blues however, have won the last two meetings between the sides, claiming a 3-0 victory in the FA Cup in February of this year and a 2-1 win in the previous league meeting.  Both games were at Arsenal’s Meadow Park Stadium, the last time the teams played at the Cherry Red Record Stadium resulted in a comprehensive 5-0 Arsenal win back in October 2018.

The home team will have the added incentive of knowing that they will go above their fierce rivals with a win.

In total there has been seven matches between the two teams with Chelsea currently leading the head to head by three wins to two however there has also been two draws.

The match will be shown live on BT Sport and kicks-off at 3pm on Sunday.  Tickets are still available at £9 per adult and at just £1 for juniors under the age of 20 and seniors over 65.

City looking to make it four out of four

Manchester City will be looking to keep up their 100% league record; they achieved a hard fought 1-0 victory against Everton in their last game.

Nick Cushing’s City side will certainly be confident of continuing their impressive start to the season as they play a Birmingham team that have lost their opening two matches. Their game against Reading in game week three was however postponed.

Manchester City have won four out of the seven matches between the two teams and have only lost once, with the other two matches being draws.

One of those victories included a 4-1 win in the 2017 FA Cup final that secured Manchester City’s clean sweep of domestic honours at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs host Manchester United in first WSL meeting

Tottenham Hotspur defeated West Ham United in their last match at the London Stadium, 2-0.  While Manchester United achieved their first ever WSL win by beating rivals Liverpool 2-0.

United will now be looking for their first ever Super League away win, having lost their one away match so far on the opening day against Manchester City.  Spurs are meanwhile currently unbeaten at home following their victory over Liverpool in game week two.

Both Liverpool and Bristol City hunt for first victory

In the midday kick-off on Sunday both of these sides will be looking to jump-start their season with a much needed three points.

Liverpool will be hoping of a repeat of last season’s 5-2 victory on the last day of the season.

Bristol City, meanwhile will want to improve their poor record against this weekend’s opponents having only won one in five attempts. That success however did come during the last campaign in November 2018.

Everton look to get back to winning ways against Reading, and Brighton face West Ham

The Toffees will be looking to bounce back from their narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester City last time around when they travel to face Reading.  Both sides have won twice against each other with the most recent meeting ending in a 3-2 victory for Everton in April of this year.

West Ham meanwhile will want to be more clinical in front of goal as their finishing certainly cost them victory in their first ever match at the Olympic Stadium against Spurs. They play a Brighton side who are searching for their first win of the campaign.

Saturday 12thOctober

Manchester City vs Birmingham City Kick off (2pm)

Sunday 13thOctober

Liverpool vs Bristol City  (12pm)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (12:30pm)

Reading vs Everton (2pm)

Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United (2pm)

Chelsea vs Arsenal (3pm)