FA Women’s Super League Preview…

Brian Jeeves

By Danielle Ward

The teams are back in FAWSL action this weekend before heading into the November international break. 

Sunday, November 6

 Leicester City v Arsenal – King Power Stadium (2pm) 

With no wins so far this season, Leicester City has made management changes this week with Lydia Bedford being replaced by Willie Kirk. He moves from Director of Football to permanent First Team Manager. Bedford had been in the role for one year.

Arsenal will be a tough first test for Kirk, The Gunners are chasing their 14th successive WSL victory. They sit joint-top of the table alongside Manchester United and Chelsea.

But Manager, Jonas Eidevall is aware there is little room for error if his team is going to stay in the fight for the title this season: “I believe we can win every game we go into. I think it has to start with that belief. It’s going to be hard but if we aim for every game and do our very best, we do not need to put a ceiling on ourselves,” he said.

Leicester City last met Arsenal back in April where The Gunners scored 5 with no reply. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton – Brisbane Road (2pm)

 Tottenham will be full of confidence after their 8-0 thrashing of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com, manager, Rehanne Skinner said: “It’s been great this week in training. We’re ready to get stuck into the next game and we just want to keep building on those performances really.”

Everton currently sits sixth in the table and has had a mixed bag of results – three wins and three losses. 

Manager, Brian Sørensen, will be looking to come back from a disappointing defeat at the hands of Manchester United last weekend.

Speaking to www.evertonfc.com, he said: “We were not smart enough in our decision-making in some parts. We were not consistent enough.”

Everton last hosted Tottenham in May. It was a point each from a 2-2 draw. 

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion – Chigwell Construction Stadium (3pm) 

In the aftermath of the 8-0 thrashing by Spurs, Brighton manager Hope Powell stepped down after five years in charge. While a replacement is found, assistant manager Amy Merricks will take the helm.

Speaking to www.brightonandhovealbion.com ahead of Sunday’s match, Merricks was keen to credit Powell’s work at the club: “Hope has left an incredible legacy at this club. She’s an amazing role model and has broken numerous barriers,” she said. 

“The amount of work she’s done here, taking the club from where it was to where it is now, is credit to her.”

West Ham had a mixed start to their season, with three wins and three losses – the latest to Arsenal last Sunday.

Speaking to www.whufc.com, midfielder, Abbey-Leigh Stringer said: “Brighton will be a completely different opposition; it’ll be a different game. They obviously have some quality, but we know that we’re capable of coming away from that game with a win, and we can take confidence from our performance tonight into that game.”

Last time out, The Seagulls took home the three points, putting two past West Ham back in March. 

Manchester United v Chelsea – Leigh Sports Village (6:45pm) 

 Manchester United sit joint-top of the table and has not lost a game this season. They will face perhaps their biggest test so far in current Champions Chelsea.

However, United manager Marc Skinner is relishing the task at hand, speaking to www.manutd.com, he said: ”That is what we are here for, that is not taking anything lightly and we want to pitch ourselves against the best teams that are, historically, the best in the country.”

After their shock opening game loss to Liverpool, Chelsea have been building back to full force, with wins in all games since.

The Blues will be hoping to end The Red Devils’ winning streak and show they are ready to claim their 4th successive league title this season.

The teams last met on the last day of the 21/22 season in May, with Chelsea securing the three points that would win them the league, just one point ahead of Arsenal. 

Brian Jeeves

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