Women’s Super League matchweek 5 preview

After another week off for Conti Cup action, the WSL is back again and promising some exciting game this weekend.

We could see new league leaders this weekend as all 12 teams are in action on Sunday.

Everton vs Brighton – 12:30: Halton Stadium

Everton sat out last weekend’s Conti Cup action, so it’s been two weeks since the Toffees last played.

The Toffees are also three games in all competitions without a win, losing to Birmingham, Reading and Manchester City in that time.

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Brighton are one of four sides in the league without a win yet this season. They’ve had impressive results such as their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in matchweek two.

However, they seem to be struggling for goals, they have the joint-worst goal difference in the league.

It will be interesting to see how both sides fair against one another with neither team being at the top of their game.

Manchester United vs Reading – 12:30: Leigh Sports Village

Coming off the back of a monumental 2-0 win in the Conti Cup Manchester derby, United will be full of confidence for the visit of Reading.

Captain Katie Zelem scored a free-kick as she led her side to a memorable victory over United’s cross-town rivals.

Casey Stoney will be hoping the same kind of mentality will transfer over into the league for United as they welcome Reading – who themselves shouldn’t be short of confidence.

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Fara Williams scored a hat-trick last weekend, single-handedly winning Reading’s game against Lewes.

Reading have played a game less than United this season and this weekend’s fixture will be telling in which is more likely to push into the top three or four spots for the rest of the season.

Birmingham vs Liverpool – 14:00: Damson Park

The bottom two teams in the league clash this weekend as Vick Jepson’s Liverpool side travel to Solihull to play Birmingham.

Birmingham have lost all four games to start their season for the first time in the club’s history – they will be looking to get their first points this weekend.

Liverpool haven’t fared much better, the Reds have earned only one point so far this season and have looked disjointed at times despite some impressive individual performances.

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Birmingham have been on fire in the Conti Cup so far this season, winning both of their games and sitting pretty at the top of their group.

Both sides won their respective Conti Cup games 5-1 last weekend. The two teams should have confidence a plenty, promising a decent game between the early stragglers.

Arsenal vs Manchester City – 14:30: Meadow Park

Five games into the season and we may already be bracing ourselves for the biggest of them all.

Everything about the build up, the form and the personnel gives this game the big-fight feel – rightly so.

City travel down to London having won all of their games in the league this season but looking increasingly more vulnerable with ever game that goes by.

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City lost 2-0 to United last weekend and drew 1-1 with Atletico before that. It may be the time that City’s injury woes come back to haunt them.

Arsenal lost their last game in the WSL – a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea. However, the Gunners still look strong and still look threatening on every attack.

They put four past Charlton in the Conti Cup last weekend.

West Ham vs Chelsea – 15:00: Rush Green Stadium

If Manchester City drop points at Arsenal, Chelsea could go top of the WSL with a win at West Ham.

Chelsea have been in great form so far this season, they are the only team that are undefeated in all competitions.

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They’ve already played West Ham this season, too. Bethany England and Guro Reiten scored the goals as the Blues brushed past them in the Conti Cup.

West Ham find themselves in a similar position as a few clubs in the league, and that is meddling in mid-table. The Hammers have won two and lost two in the league.

They have no reason to fear relegation but they’ve already lost twice to London-based teams in the WSL – those being Arsenal and Spurs.

Bristol City vs Spurs – 15:00: Stoke Gifford Stadium

The last of the four sides to not have won a league game this season – Bristol City sit 10th in the league.

They got their second point of the season in their last game. They travelled to Merseyside for a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

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Ebony Salmon scored City’s goal in that game. She doubled her tally for the Robbins last weekend in the Conti Cup.

Spurs have had an erratic season themselves. They have won and lost in both competitions so far – even if their Conti Cup win was thanks to the strange bonus-point rule.

Spurs are performing well for a side enjoying their first WSL season, though. They have been competitive in every game and the only time they were truly blown away was when Reading beat them 4-0 in the cup.