FA Women’s Super League Preview…

The teams are back in FAWSL this weekend with Chelsea sitting at the top of the table, and at least four teams looking to unseat them from the prime position…

Sunday, November 12

Manchester United v West Ham United – Leigh Sports Village (Noon)

Where to watch – MUTV, The FA Player

West Ham were narrowly defeated by Bristol City last weekend and will need to tighten up their performances if they are to avoid dropping into a relegation battle again.

It will be a tough game against one of the tipped title contenders and forward Viviane Asseyi knows the team will have to work hard to get a result.

Speaking to www.whufc.com, she said: “Every day is a new day for being better, and we have to keep working hard to make sure that we improve. 

“This league is tough, there are only good teams in this league, so we have to value every team the same.  

“Teams will play in different styles, and we expect Manchester United to be a little bit different to Bristol City, but we will keep working and improving to make sure we’re better.”

Manchester United came from behind to secure a draw against Brighton ¶ Hove Albion last weekend. Rachel Williams who has made a name for herself as a late substitute who can deliver a goal when it’s needed and her goal in the 98th minute cemented her reputation.

Speaking to www.manutd.com, she said: “I try to get in the game as quick as possible. I want the ball, I want the crosses to come in, I’ll get my head on anything. For me, it’s just to be part of the team and work hard and try and get what we got tonight out of it.”

She continued, with a smile: “If you’re going to be a sub, why not be a super sub?”

The teams last met in March with Manchester United winning 4-0, thanks to goals from Katie Zelem, Hayley Ladd and a brace from Lucia Garcia.

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – Brisbane Road 12:30pm 

Where to watch – BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website

After narrowly missing out on a win against Everton last weekend, The Lilywhites will be keen to secure the three points against fourth-placed Liverpool.

The story of that game was the lack of a clinical finish, meaning chances that were created to put the game to bed were not taken and the win slipped from their grasp, Everton was awarded a penalty in the last moments of the game.

Spurs manager Robert Vilahamn is keen to work on the areas that let them down in the game.

Speaking to SPURSPLAY after that game, he said: “We create chances, we have the ball and do some good stuff so I’m not worried – I’ve actually seen some good stuff here today, but it’s more like how we can actually finish those chances with a goal. We need to practice that, we need to discuss that and then of course we need to defend a little bit better.”

In their last meeting back in March, Liverpool nabbed the three points with a 2-1 win at Prenton Park. A goal from Missy Bo Kearns in the 35th minute sealed their success.

Everton v Chelsea – Walton Hall Park (1pm) 

Where to watch – The FA Player

With news of Emma Hayes’ departure from Chelsea due at the end of the season, but no confirmation of where she is to head to next still a talking point in the world of women’s football, The Blues look to continue their unbeaten run as they travel to Walton Hall Park.

They were ruthless in their 6-0 defeat of Aston Villa last weekend and scoring was opened by Captain Millie Bright, on her 250th appearance for the club.

Speaking to www.chelseafc.com, she said: “It’s a massive one and it’s at a club that I absolutely adore. It’s home for me and to be able to score in my 250th game is nice, but I’m mostly just pleased that we got a good win and lots of different scorers on the scoresheet.”

Everton have only won one game this season and have struggled to make an impression so far.

Toffees midfielder, Australian international Clare Wheeler says they will take the positives from their point against Tottenham last week as they face a big challenge in league leaders Chelsea.

Speaking to www.evertonfc.com, she said: “I think Sunday’s result shows our perseverance. “The point really mattered to us and even though we went a goal down, we weren’t going to give up, we were going to put a shift in. We really wanted to come away with three points, but we didn’t want to lose. We have to look at the positives and look to rebuild.”

Last time out, Chelsea took home the win, with a 7-0 thrashing of the Toffees at Kingsmeadow.

Leicester City v Arsenal – King Power Stadium (6.45pm)

Where to watch – Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Showcase

Arsenal will hope their important win against Manchester City last weekend will help them build momentum for the next block of games as they look to shake off their patchy start to the season.

The four teams below Chelsea in the table are all level on ten points and are only separated by goal difference so every game counts if Arsenal are to get back into the title race conversation.

Australian international Steph Catley, who had returned from Australia just a few days before the game opened the scoring for The Gunners against Manchester City. She felt the win would be a huge boost for the team.

Speaking after the match to www.asrsenal.com, she said: “For us to get all three points is massive for our season and just a really good confidence boost going forward as well.”

Leicester City had a strong start to the season but have faltered of late, losing their last two games. 

However, it is clear that manager Willie Kirk, who won October’s FAWSL Manager of the Month award, is instilling a strong mentality at the club of how they want to play.

Speaking to www.lcfc.com, he said: “It’s good to have back-to-back games at King Power Stadium now in front of our fans, Arsenal is probably the best game we could want now because we can’t hide and feel sorry for ourselves. The focus we remain on us, and how we can implement our style of football, and be organised and aggressive out of possession, so we’ll take the game to Arsenal and see what we can get from it.”

The teams last met back in May with a goal from Frida Maanum for Arsenal the difference between the two sides.