FA Women’s Super League – Preview…

Manchester City are top of the table, but Chelsea still have a game in hand due to their progress in the Champions League. 

There is no FAWSL game for Chelsea this weekend as they face Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal. It will be a massive game for The Blues, having beaten Barcelona in their home last weekend, their chance to make the final is closer than ever.

Arsenal sit solid in third having secured their Champions League place next season after their win over Leicester City last weekend. The remaining WSL fixtures for our London teams shape up as follows…

Sunday, April 28

Everton v Arsenal – Walton Hall Park (12.30pm) 

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

Everton have had an inconsistent season, blighted by injury, but with manager Brian Sorenson’s contract renewal, the team can focus on finishing the season strongly and look ahead to building into the next campaign.

Karen and Sara Holmgaard are twins who play for Everton, both returning from injury in March. They will be feeling confident off the back of a win against Brighton last weekend, where they were both involved in the goals to secure the win.

Speaking to Evertontv, Karen said: “Arsenal are a really good team. We got three important points last weekend and we take a lot of confidence heading into Sunday. That’s important for us. We need to continue in this way, play as well as we can for what is going to be some tough last few games.”

Arsenal may be out of the title race, but with three games left to play, including against league leaders Manchester City, they are still out to put in the performances until season end.

Alessia Russo felt the win last weekend against Leicester City was important in maintaining the team’s standards.

Speaking to arsenal.com after the match she said “That’s exactly what we want to do as a team. We’ve only got a few games left, and we want to keep building and keep progressing. So yeah, today was tough at times. But we knew we wanted to put on our strong performance again and get the three points.” 

The teams last met back in January, with Arsenal taking the three points with a 2-1 win. Goals for Arsenal came from Caitlin Foord and Beth Mead, and from Katja Snoeijis for Everton.

Aston Villa v West Ham United – Villa Park (2pm)

Where to watch – The FA Player

It’s been a patchy season for Aston Villa but they have the chance to pick up some points before their final game of the season against title contenders Manchester City.

They will be without their goalkeeper Anna Leat due to a suspension from a red card in their game last week against Chelsea, as well as being without their regular keeper Daphne van Domselaar, due to injury. 

Captain Rachel Corsie is also serving a yellow card suspension so the search for a hill to climb might be that much tougher as they host West Ham.

Carla Ward has been reflecting on their season as they head into the final few games and what it means for the team.

Speaking to www.avfc.co.uk, she said: “It’s definitely been up and down. It’s just been one of those seasons. We’re resilient here, that’s one thing we are. We’re still within touching distance of the top six. I said before we kicked a ball if we finished in the top six it would be a very successful season. We’re not too far away from ending the season well.”

West Ham appear to be safe from relegation this season, but The Hammers will need to keep their focus if they are to finish on a more positive note in their final few games.

They are without a win since they beat Arsenal for the first time in their history, with little to show for their hard work and gusty performances.

Manager Rehanne Skinner has been looking ahead to the game and how the team have responded to their poor run of results.

Speaking to www.whufc.com, she said: “There’s a lot things that go on whenever you’re preparing for any game. We know Aston Villa have their own style of play and philosophy, and ultimately we want to make sure we look after ourselves and the things we want to implement which will give us the best possible chance to win the game. Our main focus is to stick to our game plan and look to exploit their weaknesses while using our strengths to do so.”

Last time out, Aston Villa were the victors, with a 3-2 winner at Chigwell Construction Stadium, with Rachel Daly nabbing Villa’s winner in the 92nd minute.

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion – Brisbane Road (2pm) 

Where to watch – The FA Player

After their relegation woes last season, Tottenham Hotspur are currently 6th in the table, in a campaign which has saw them beat Arsenal for the first time and make the final of the FA Cup.

They will be chasing Liverpool in fifth-place in the hopes of an even stronger finish to their campaign.

Robert Vilahamn has built a solid philosophy amongst his team and hopes they can go from strength to strength in their final league games, as well as the prospect of their first ever silverware.

Speaking to SPURSPLAY, he said: “We need to make sure we stay to the play we want to do. Because if you do that for 90 minutes you have a big chance to win the game but you also need to make sure you find a way to win every game. You need to keep focus and keep going.”

Brighton and Hove Albion’s season has been unsettled with coach Melissa Phillips being sacked earlier in the season, and interim head coach Mike Harris taking the helm since. 

Seagulls’ forward Katie Robinson has spoken about how the atmosphere has been within the squad since he took over and how it has reflected in their performances.

Speaking to www.brightonandhovealbion.com, she said: “Mikey has instilled a lot of confidence in us as a group and individually. We have a clear style of play now which I think we definitely needed as a group. We’ve always had real togetherness. A lot has gone on in the last few months but that’s a reason to come together more and hopefully that is showing on the pitch.”

In their last meeting back in October, Tottenham Hotspur took the win, with a 3-1 win. Brighton scored first thanks to Elisabeth Terland, but in reply, there were goals for The Lilywhites from Martha Thomas, Grace Clinton and Ria Percival.

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