WSL Preview: High stakes for Aston Villa and exciting clash in North London

Rachel Daly of Aston Villa
Rachel Daly of Aston Villa reacts during the Barclays Women's Super League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Poundland Bescot Stadium on October 21, 2023. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

After the international break, the WSL is back in action with a few exciting clashed throughout the table. We got you covered with a preview.

Aston Villa – Chelsea

With Aston Villa yet to register a point in the WSL, Carla Ward’s side will host Chelsea in the weekend’s first WSL clash. The Blues have taken a total of ten points from their opening four games with their draw against Manchester City the only blight on an otherwise perfect record. The two sides last met in the league back in April with Chelsea taking all three points from a dominant performance.

Arsenal – Manchester City

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Manchester City will face a tough task retaining their unbeaten record as they face an away day to Arsenal. The two sides each won their respective home fixture last season with both ties ending in a 2-1 win to the hosts. City have dropped just two points from their opening four games, pulling off dominant wins over West Ham and Bristol. Arsenal have gone unbeaten since the opening day of the season after Jonas Eideval’s side suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Tottenham – Everton

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Sitting third in the table, Tottenham will welcome Everton to Brisbane Road. Spurs have dropped just three points from their opening run of games, suffering an opening-day defeat to current champions Chelsea. Everton has endured a more difficult start to the domestic campaign with their only points so far coming from their 1-0 victory in the Merseyside derby. The two sides last met back in April with the Toffees taking all three points from a closely fought 2-1 win.

WSL: Liverpool – Leicester

Sitting fifth and sixth in the table, Leicester will face an away day to Liverpool for matchday five. Both sides have taken seven points from a possible twelve on offer. With the two sides level on points and goal difference, the clash could be one of the closest of the weekend. The last two meetings between the sides have seen the Foxes emerge victorious.

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West Ham – Bristol

West Ham will host Bristol at the Chigwell Construction Stadium in WSL. The Hammers go into the clash sitting eighth in the league having taken four points from their opening run of games. Meanwhile, the Robins are yet to get their season underway having suffered four consecutive defeats. The two sides last met back in February 2021 with the meeting ending in a 1-1 draw.

WSL: Brighton – Manchester United

In the final game of the weekend, Brighton will host Marc Skinner’s Manchester United. The hosts go into the weekend sitting ninth in the table having taken three points from a possible twelve. United meanwhile, are yet to suffer a defeat in the league so far this season having registered two wins and two draws from their opening run of games. The two sides last met in April with United taking all three points from the five-goal thriller.

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