Chelsea new favourites for WSL title after shock derby win

Chelsea have cemented themselves as Women’s Super League title favourites after a resounding win over rivals Arsenal.

However, there was more action than just the mammoth clash at the top of the table last weekend.

For the first time since the beginning of December, we had a full fixture list of six games in the WSL.

Birmingham City 0-2 Manchester City

Manchester City are now top of the Women’s Super League table on goal difference after beating Birmingham 2-0.

City took the lead 34 seconds into the game with Jill Scott putting the ball on a dime for Ellen White to tap in.

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The City and England striker put the ball in the back of the net with ease, setting the tone for the remainder of the game.

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The Cityzens did not have it all their own way, though. Lucy Staniforth forced Ellie Roebuck to make a fantastic save from way outside of the box.

Roebuck now has nine clean sheets in 13 games. She has only conceded five goals this season.

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City dominated the game for the most part, forcing Hannah Hampton to make save after save.

The second goal did eventually come with a wondrous finish from Keira Walsh. Jill Scott set her up fantastically and Walsh looped a pin-point shot over Hampton.

City want to stay on top for as long as possible with the view of winning their second WSL title.

Birmingham are now in danger of getting dragged back into the relegation scrap, they’re only one point ahead of both Bristol City and Liverpool.

Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea

This was the game that everybody had earmarked as the biggest game of the season. It did not disappoint and it may just hand Chelsea the title.

The game was a crazy but not in the way that anyone had predicted. Chelsea ran rampant at Borehamwood, dismantling Arsenal in the process.

This game had everything. Drama, goals and a title race to fuel the narrative.

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Chelsea put on a finishing clinic, with Beth England opening the scoring with a delightful strike from the right-hand side. Her curling effort had too much pace on it for Manuela Zinsberger to do anything about it.

Sam Kerr got her first WSL goal with Chelsea’s second. Guro Reiten put in a cross that is literally indescribable in quality for the Australian to head in.

Cheslea’s third was the pick of the bunch. Sophie Ingle’s strike nearly burst through the net. She hit the ball true and with the utmost technique. Another that gave Zinsberger no chance of saving. A phenomenal goal.

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Reiten rounded out Chelsea’s scoring. She got on the end of a Jonna Andersson cross, with the deadliest of deft touches with her head.

Ann-Katrin Berger gave Arsenal a whisker of hope in the last 15 minutes after she made a meal of a Beth Mead header.

The result gives Chelsea the upper-hand in the title race. They sit one point behind Manchester City with a game in hand.

Bristol City 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool and Bristol City swap places in the league after the Merseyside club earn their first victory of the season.

Rachel Furness scored the only goal of the game with her first in Red. The new Liverpool signing tapped the ball in at the back post after a scramble in the box.

Both sides are still completely in danger of being relegated, with only goal difference separating the two.

Manchester United 3-0 Spurs

Manchester United got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory at a very foggy Leigh Sports Village against Spurs.

Katie Zelem was the star of the show as the United captain scored a penalty and a free-kick to help secure three points for the Red Devils.

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Jess Sigsworth added United’s third between the two Zelem goals.

Spurs struggled to get into the game, only managing two shots on target on Sunday.

Ella Toone was sent off for United in the 95th minute. The substitute reacted badly to a Ria Percival challenge and earned herself a sending off after just 15 minutes on the pitch.

Everton 3-1 Reading

It was all about Chloe Kelly as Everton beat Reading in Southport on Sunday.

The Toffees are starting to find their form once again and with Chloe Kelly returning to the lineup, they look much better.

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The English forward missed last week’s 3-1 loss to Man City but returned with a bang, scoring all three of Everton’s goals against Reading.

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Reading gave a good account of themselves here, with none other than Fara Williams scoring their goal.

This was a massive three points for Everton, who are looking to push their way into the top four. They are now only behind Manchester United on goal difference.

Reading are a point behind Everton and United, having played a game more.

West Ham 2-1 Brighton

Cometh the hour, cometh Alisha Lehmann. West Ham’s Swiss forward scored two goals in three minutes to turn their game against Brighton on its head.

The Hammers had trailed to Brighton for the majority of the game. With Danique Kerkdijk scoring with her first shot of the season.

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An hour later, as the game was moving into the final 10 minutes, Alisha Lehmann put the team on her back to get West Ham back in it.

She bundled her first in but her second required real composure to be able to slot the ball past Megan Walsh in the Brighton goal.

Brighton have now lost their last three in all competitions and West Ham will be looking to build some momentum following their extended winter break.

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