FA Women’s Super League Preview… 

By Danielle Ward

It’s a big date on the calendar with the return of Women’s Football Weekend. The milestone aims to highlight a key point in the season where there are crucial points on the line and encourage fans across all leagues to get out and support their teams. 

Saturday, March 25

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal – Brisbane Road (3pm)  

Where to watch: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Ultra HD, Sky Showcase 

The second North London Derby of the season and Arsenal will hope to continue their FAWSL winning streak and continue their battle for the title race. 

It’s been another busy week for Arsenal. They head into the game off the back of a midweek Champions League loss away at Bayern Munich. Despite an impressive performance in the second half, they failed to find the back of the net. Manager Jonas Eidevall’s words after the match will need to keep the team focused on their derby this weekend. 

Speaking to www.arsenal.com Eidevall said: “Part of me is proud because it was a really good performance, but part of me is disappointed because we need to be more efficient with our chances.” 

It will be a second game in charge for Vicky Jepson at Tottenham Hotspur after Rehanne Skinner’s departure following a run of very disappointing form. The team bagged a vital win against Leicester on Jepson’s debut, so spirits will be high as they take on their London rivals. 

Speaking to SpursPlay after that match, Jepson said: “Hopefully, these things that we’ve experienced tonight plus the 3 points, we can take with us with confidence into the North London Derby. 

Last time out, it was four goals from Arsenal without reply, with a recording-breaking attendance of 47,367 fans at The Emirates. 

Manchester United v West Ham United – Old Trafford (5.30pm)  

Where to watch: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Ultra HRD, Sky Showcase 

West Ham are now without a league win since December 11 so a break in that streak will be crucial to prevent the team from slipping further toward the relegation zone. 

The Iron’s first team coach Danielle Bowman is positive about how the season has gone so far for The Hammers and what lies ahead for the rest of the season. 

Speaking to www.wufc.com she said: “I think the girls have really applied themselves in a professional manner and they want to keep pushing to get the results that we want in these final seven matches. We aren’t going to take our foot off the pedal because there’s still a lot of points to play for and we want to finish as high as we possibly can.” 

Manchester United have been flying high this season and the game at Old Trafford will certainly be a memorable one for Marc Skinner’s team. 

Speaking to www.manutd.com he said: “We want to fill as much of the stadium as possible, it’s always great for us to play at Old Trafford and I want us to dictate a great performance for our fans.” 

The teams last met back in September, with Manchester United taking the three points with a 2-0 win at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. 

Sunday, March 26

Manchester City v Chelsea – Academy Stadium (12:40pm) 

Where to watch – BBC One, BBC IPlayer, BBC Sport website 

After a shaky start to their season, Manchester City has quietly crept up the table to be title contenders once again. There is still all to play for, but a clash with Chelsea is never one to be underestimated. 

After their exit from the FA Cup last weekend at the hands of Aston Villa, it will be more important than ever for Gareth Taylor’s side to make an impression in the league. 

City’s star forward, Lioness Chloe Kelly is ready for the challenge their meeting with Chelsea will bring.  

Speaking to www.mancity.com she said: “Gareth is giving us good information on how to break teams down, but I think the information we’re getting we’re really taking to the pitch and we’re believing in our playing style and the way we play. Now we trust the process and now it’s time to show what we’re capable of.” 

Despite their loss to Arsenal in the Conti Cup at the beginning of the month, Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions. They picked up a vital win midweek against current Champions League holders Lyon so manager Emma Hayes will be full of confidence as they head up to Manchester. 

Speaking to www.chelseafc.com she said: “We’ve been working in the last few games to really get back to our core. We pride ourselves in defending a certain way. Sometimes when you try and be a bit more expansive you end up conceding a little bit more. You can’t have it both ways.” 

Last time out Chelsea put two past City, with goals from England’s Fran Kirby and Norway’s Maren Mjelde. 

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