FA Women’s Super League Preview…

By Danielle Ward

The battle at the top of the table continues as the FAWSL season enters its final run of games after the international and FA Cup break. 

Chelsea and Arsenal do not play this weekend as they have Champions League commitments.  

Chelsea will play their postponed fixture against West Ham in May, whilst Arsenal faced Manchester United midweek.  

The Gunners’ title hopes took a huge blow during the week with Manchester United winning their meeting 1-0 at Leigh Sports Village. There was also worry for both Arsenal and England with Lionesses Captain Leah Williamson substituted early in the game with a worrying-looking injury… 

Sunday, April 23 

 Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa – Brisbane Road (2pm)  

Where to watch – The FA Player 

Tottenham Hotspur went into the international break with yet another loss, with an injury-time goal from Everton in their last game stealing the points from a fairly even match-up. 

Interim manager Vicky Jepson has struggled to turn things around after the sacking of Rehanne Skinner but must focus on keeping the team out of the relegation zone if things are not to go from bad to worse for The Lilywhites. 

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com she said: “Number one priority is to stay in the league, and we should do with the quality players we have, as long as they continue to work hard around the moments of the game when they turn up to play on a matchday.” 

Aston Villa will be looking to put their heart-breaking FA Cup semi-final loss behind them as they fight to be the ‘best of the rest’ outside of the top four this season. 

Carla Ward’s team have made massive improvements with their key signings this season and can take positives from reaching the semi-final and their performance against Chelsea. 

Speaking to BBC Sport, she said: “I think it’s just important that we continue to keep building. I say this all the time, it’s not about running before you walk, it’s about continuing to grow on and off the pitch in every department.” 

The teams last met in January, with Aston Villa took taking home a 2-1 victory over Spurs. 

Manchester City v West Ham United – Academy Stadium (6.45pm)  

Where to watch – Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Ultra HDR, Sky Showcase 

Manchester City’s title hopes took a blow before the international break, with a disappointing loss against Arsenal at Meadow Park that saw The Gunners came from behind to take the three points. 

City boss Gareth Taylor was voted Manager of the Month for March, as well as a Player of the Month for forward Bunny Shaw so focus will be on bouncing back from their defeat. 

Despite the defeat breaking their fourteen-game unbeaten run, Taylor is not discouraged about their hopes for the rest of the season. 

Speaking to www.mancity.com, he said: “Nothing changes in our mindset; we’re still going for it. We need to win the next game and the one after that and all of the remaining ones.” 

West Ham are winless in their last seven matches in all competitions so manager Paul Konchesky will be keen to make an impression at the Academy Stadium on Sunday. 

One of The Hammers’ strikers, Danish international Amalie Thestrup says the team are keen to show they are better than their most recent results on the pitch have shown and focus on the task at hand. 

Speaking to www.whufc.co.uk, she said: “We want to be looking up and forward, rather than worrying about what is going on behind us.” 

When the teams last met, Manchester City took the three points with a 1-0 win at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. 

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Brian Jeeves

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