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.
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.