It’s women’s football weekend and it’s time to get as many eyes on the Women’s Super League as possible.
To do that, we have a stacked matchweek six. Derbies and huge games await all 12 teams in the league.
All six games take place on Sunday.
Manchester City vs West Ham – 12:30
West Ham will be looking to avoid a repeat of their biggest ever WSL defeat here as Manchester City look to keep the pressure on Chelsea.
All of City’s last three losses in the WSL have come at the hands of Arsenal, so hope is not there in droves for Matt Beard’s West Ham side.
West Ham have only lost one of their last five away games in the league so will be hoping to keep that run going.
City were pushed further by Birmingham in the Continental Cup that they expected to be. This following their elimination from the Champions League.
Nick Cushing’s side will be looking to get the side back on track.
Chelsea vs Manchester United – 14:00
League leaders Chelsea welcome Manchester United this weekend in a huge fixture. Manager of the month for October Emma Hayes faces player of the month for October Kirsty Hanson.
This game is truly an unknown property as it will be the first game in any competition between the two sides.
In Chelsea’s last five games where they have played a team for the first time in the WSL, they have an aggregate score of 14-0 in their favour.
No two players in the WSL so far this season have combined for more chances created for one another than Chelsea duo Beth England and Guro Reiten.
Fresh off the signing of Sam Kerr, it will be important for them to keep that creative streak running.
It will be a very interesting game between Chelsea’s free-flowing and lethal attack and United’s determined and unwavering defence.
Reading vs Bristol City – 14:00
Reading have won all of the last five meetings between these two sides and with Fara Williams leading the line, chances are they’ll be able to do the same here.
Fara has been involved with 100% of Reading’s league goals so far this season.
Bristol City are now on a run of eight WSL games without a win, so could be due a break this weekend.
Both sides are sat on the wrong side of the top six and a loss for Bristol City could see them truly swept up into the relegation battle.
Brighton vs Birmingham City – 14:00
Birmingham got their first win of the season last time out. They beat Liverpool 2-0 at home. They now travel to Brighton to face a Seagulls side that are struggling in the league.
On the other hand, Brighton are coming off of an immense Continental Cup performance. The held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw, becoming the first side to stop the Gunners from scoring since February.
Brighton are one of three sides without a win so far this WSL season. However, they did beat Birmingham in the same fixture last year.
Spurs vs Arsenal – 15:00
The biggest game of the weekend is the first Women’s Super League iteration of the North London derby!
Spurs are hosting Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium and the game promises to be a great occasion for both sides.
The last time the two sides faced each other? It was in March 2017 and Arsenal won… 10-0.
Chances are that this weekend’s game will be a much tighter affair. Spurs have come on leaps and bounds in the last two years. They’ve also surprised people with how well they’ve taken to the WSL this season so far.
Players like Rianna Dean and Rachel Furness have given Spurs a platform to cause issues for the teams around them in mid-table.
Arsenal have also never lost two successive away games in the Women’s Super League. They come into the game having lost 2-1 to Chelsea in their last away game.
Liverpool vs Everton – 15:00
Bottom of the league Liverpool take on Everton in their first league game at Anfield.
Chloe Kelly is suspended for the Toffees following her red card against Manchester United.