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Manchester City remain at the top of the table with a strong goal difference, with Chelsea chasing with a game in hand. However, after their loss mid-week to Liverpool, their hopes of catching City now hang in the balance. Arsenal remain in third with Champions League qualification for next season secured… 

Saturday, May 4

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur – Walton Hall Park (Noon)

Where to watch – Sky Showcase, Sky Sports Mix 

 Everton secured their first point against Arsenal since 2012 last weekend, so will be full of confidence as they take on a Spurs side that has performed well throughout the campaign. 

With The Toffees manager Brian Sorenson’s contract being renewed the week before the draw with Arsenal, Sorenson is positive about what is being built at the club and how the season has been overall. 

Speaking to www.evertonfc.com, he said: “Results this season haven’t been the best at times – injuries to key players have been a big part of that – but we are performing extremely well and we have a good group. We want to continue working on that. The building blocks are there. We’re all determined to keep moving forward with Everton.” 

With their FA Cup final drawing ever closer, Tottenham have a chance to boost their final showing in the table as the season draws to a close. They remain focused on getting the best out of the league before their historic final. 

It’s been the first season in charge for Robert Vilahamn and he has instilled a strong identity in the team and it has been a positive outcome.

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com, he said: “Everything we do at the training ground and in my leadership is about being present and that’s always focusing on here and now. Also, we can enjoy something to look forward to, but everything we do is here and now.” 

The teams last met back in November last year, with the points shared in a 1-1 draw. Grace Clinton scored for Tottenham and Aurora Gali scored from a late penalty to square things for Everton. 

Sunday, May 5

Manchester City v Arsenal – Joie Stadium (2:15pm)  

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

Manchester City have the FAWSL title almost in their grasp and with two games to go and Chelsea’s midweek loss, pressure is ramping up in the final push. 

Winger Lauren Hemp has just renewed her contract with City until 2027 and is loving the pressure of the title race. 

Speaking to www.mancity.com, she said: “We’re so desperate to win that naturally nerves come with that but I feel like we’ve all got experience of winning in some shape or form. At the end of the day pressure should be a privilege so for all of us we’re just really excited at the thought of winning the league. Obviously, we want to make it special and make the dream become a reality.” 

Arsenal will be rueing conceding last minute to come away with a draw last weekend against Everton, as Chelsea’s dropped points might have given them an opening to muscle their way back into the title race. It wasn’t to be, but The Gunners might still have their eye on second if they can keep their pace and other results go their way. 

Playing the league leaders means they may yet still play a part in the title race, albeit helping or hindering City or Chelsea’s chances. 

Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall will not be thinking about what effect his team can have on its rivals’ chances, just getting the best result on the day. 

Speaking to www.arsenal.com, he said “I think it’s a mindset thing and that’s why it’s so important to always do your best. You can’t really control what other teams do and there are a lot of external factors that you can’t control either, but what you can control is your own actions.” 

Last time out, Arsenal were the victors, with a 2-1 win at Meadow Park, with Stina Blackstenius nabbing the winning goal for The Gunners in the 87th minute. 

West Ham United v Leicester City – Chigwell Construction Stadium (5pm)  

Where to watch – The FA Player 

 West Ham have been flirting with relegation all season, but a strong second half against Aston Villa last weekend earned them a draw. 

Rehanne Skinner’s side will hope luck is on their side again with their last-minute equaliser picking up a point in a hard-fought game. 

It was goal scorer Shannon Cooke’s first goal for the team and she was proud of the team’s fight in the game. 

Speaking to www.whufc.com, she said: “It was a deserved point. We worked hard throughout the game, and I think that just highlights the character of the team to not give up and to keep working right until the very end. 

The Foxes’ interim manager Jennifer Foster was disappointed the team didn’t pick up a point in last weekend’s game against Manchester United as she felt their performance reflected their progress. 

Speaking to www.lcfc.com, she said: “The players couldn’t have given any more and it’s obviously frustrating because the performance was there once again, but we unfortunately couldn’t get the result. That’s all we can do, and if we keep on putting in performances like that then one day the luck will change and hopefully that’ll be next week.” 

In their last meeting back in December, the points were shared with a 1-1 draw. Leicester scored first thanks to Lena Petermann, but secured a draw late on in the game, with a goal from Honoka Hayashi in the 8th minute of injury time. 

Chelsea v Bristol City – Kingsmeadow (6:45pm)  

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

After their loss to Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal last weekend, Chelsea are left with just their WSL title to defend, with the race between them and City closer than ever. 

It was, therefore, not the ideal night midweek, when they played away at Liverpool, one of their games in hand over Manchester City. After a tense end-to-end game, The Blues fell to a 4-3 defeat at Prenton Park. 

They must win against Bristol City if they are not to see the title slip further from their sights.  

After the loss, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was downbeat about their title hopes, with just 3 games to play. 

Speaking after Wednesday’s game to BBC Sport, she said: “I think the title is done, of course mathematically it’s not but I think the title’s gone. Our job between now and the end of the season is just to keep pushing until the end, I think it will be very very difficult.” 

Bristol City’s fate was sealed last weekend after their loss to Manchester City and they will drop back down to the Championship next season. 

They still have a chance to end with their heads held high and take advantage of a battered Chelsea side, who are carrying many injuries after a congested schedule. 

Despite the relegation, The Robin’s manager Lauren Smith is hopeful for the future, what they can still do against big opponents and proud of the performances put in by the team. 

Speaking to Mirror Sport, she said: “What fires me up is can we make an upset here? And we’re still searching for things. We still want that clean sheet, more points. We’ve got things to play for.” 

When the teams last met in December, Chelsea secured a dominant 3-0 win with goals from Lauren James, Erin Cuthbert and Sam Kerr. 

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