FA Women’s Super League Preview…

Brian Jeeves

By Danielle Ward

Off the back of mid-week Continental League Cup and Champions League games, the WSL returns this weekend. 

Sunday, October 16

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur – Broadfield Stadium (2pm)

Brighton continues to search for their second win of the season, while Tottenham will be hoping to build on their patchy start and deal with yet another injury to their squad. New signing Ellie Brazil is now out long-term with an ACL injury. 

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com, Spurs manager Rehanne Skinner said: “I just think we take every game as it comes. We want to take points out of every single game. Brighton are a tough test. I think that they’ve been much more of an attacking threat in some of their most recent games.”  

Hope Powell’s Brighton are without a WSL win since their clash with Reading. Speaking at the pre-match press conference with www.brightonandhovealbion.com she said: “Spurs look very organised, very strong and very aggressive, and they move the ball well.  

“They’ve got experience and we know it will be tough. We have to match them and be up for the fight.” 

The Seagulls last met Spurs back in February where the Lilywhites scored four with no reply. 

Chelsea v Aston Villa – Kingsmeadow (2pm) 

Chelsea’s 8-0 victory over Albanian team Vllaznia in the Champions League on Wednesday night will have boosted the Blues’ confidence ahead of Sunday’s match. 

After a bright start to the season, Carla Ward’s Aston Villa have lost their last two games, but she is still positive about the team’s prospects this season. 

Speaking after the team’s mid-week Conti Cup loss to Everton, she said: “We’re playing some unbelievable stuff at the moment. If we continue in that manner, we’re only going to go in one direction.” 

Chelsea last hosted Aston Villa in March, where Chelsea took home the three points with a 1-0 win. 

Arsenal v West Ham United – Meadow Park (6:45pm) 

Arsenal will be hoping to rack up their thirteenth successive WSL victory and keep their tenth successive clean sheet when they host West Ham United. 

The Gunners will be fresh off their 3-1 win in their Champions League tie against FC Zurich on Thursday.  

Amid a busy schedule for WSL teams competing in Europe, Manager Jonas Eidevall expressed his frustration with the tight schedules, saying: “What I’m looking for is to have that discussion with the clubs and the authorities that run the league, to see how do we give the clubs that compete in Europe the best possible conditions in order to achieve results that are good – both short term but also long-term for the league. But we don’t have those discussions and I think that is not good enough” 

Paul Konchesky’s team currently sit fifth in the WSL table and have fared well so far this season, albeit having to grind out their victories in hard-fought matches. 

They have never beaten The Gunners and Konchesky will be hoping his team can cause an upset to Arsenal’s winning streak Sunday evening. 

Last time out, the Gunners took home the three points, putting two past West Ham in the tense last game of the 2021/22 season – finishing just one point behind Chelsea, who took home the title.

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Brian Jeeves

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