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FA Women’s Super League
Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (2pm)
Spurs head to Meadow Park to face North London rivals, Arsenal, looking to put a dent in the Gunners FAWSL title challenge.
The Lilywhites were forced to sit out the action at the weekend. The Hive surface unplayable due to waterlogging, causing their clash with Bristol City to be rescheduled.
Nevertheless, fresh and revitalised, the scene for Spurs will be somewhat different from the last time the two sides met. That day, a record FAWSL crowd of 38,262 turned out at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and witnessed the home side frustrate the reigning champions with a battling performance before second-half goals from Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema saw the Gunners home by two unanswered goals.
Speaking after that particular contest, Spurs joint Head Coach, Karen Hills, said: “We’ve had the opportunity to play at Stamford Bridge, we’ve had to opportunity to play at the London Stadium, where we’d been the underdogs, where we hadn’t had our big crowd behind us – but I thought we managed the occasion really well,” she added.
“I don’t think the players were fazed at all with 38,000 people behind them. I thought the girls were absolutely outstanding – it is just disappointing to concede those two goals.”
West Ham United Women v Manchester City Women (3pm)
It could be a case of ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’ for West Ham United this weekend.
The Hammers were thrashed 8-0 by FAWSL title-chasers, Chelsea, last weekend and now face the difficult task of lifting themselves against league leaders Manchester City at the Rush Green Stadium.
Speaking to www.whufc.com after the Chelsea debacle, Hammers Head Coach, Matt Beard, bemoaned: “We’re desperately disappointed and we’re embarrassed with the score-line.
“It shouldn’t happen at this level but you see the top three – Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City – do this to a lot of teams.
“The resource and the players they’ve got, and the players they brought off the bench when they were in complete control of the game, it’s frustrating. We shouldn’t be getting beat that way. We’ve got better players than the score-line suggests and what our performance today suggests.”
Beard continued: “At the end of the day, we didn’t deserve anything today. The players have got to react and respond. We can’t let this happen again.
“It doesn’t get any easier; we’ve got Man City next week. We’ve collectively, as a group, got to move forward.”
City warmed up for their trip to east London with a 2-1 success over title rivals, Arsenal – a result which left them a point clear of Chelsea, who leapfrogged the Gunners as a result of their win over the Hammers.
Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Birmingham City Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women
Everton Women v Liverpool Women
Bristol City Women v Reading Women
Manchester United Women v Chelsea Women
FA Women’s Championship
Durham Women v Aston Villa Women
Charlton Athletic Women v Sheffield United Women
Coventry United Ladies v Blackburn Ladies
Crystal Palace Women v London Bees
Lewes Women v London City Lionesses