The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Saturday/Sunday, February 6/7

Saturday, February 6

FA Women’s Super League

Aston Villa Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (12:30pm)

Rehanne Skinner will be looking for a reaction from her Spurs side after tasting defeat for the first time since taking charge of the North Londoners.

The Lilywhites were beaten 4-0 by Champions, Chelsea: “It’s important we take the positives out of the match,” Skinner stressed. 

“Nobody wants to be in a position where we’re losing 4-0, but in terms of performance, there’s certain aspects, particularly in the first 20 minutes in possession, that were really positive for us.

“We need to tighten up on some of the things we do on the ball, so we’re not transitioning into defensive situations as often as we have today. So a bit of composure and quality on the ball to build possession for longer spells of time. 

“When we gave that away, we had to work really hard to regain our shape. We have to better in those situations to take the pressure off. Sustaining our press is important as well so we can manage the game differently. 

“When playing teams like this, those two things create more issues if you don’t do them well.”

Tottenham now faces a Villa side themselves beaten 4-0 by Chelsea last time out.

Saturday, February 7

FA Women’s Super League

Chelsea Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (2pm)

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes will call for more of the same after her record-breaking Blues swept aside West Ham to reach the Conti Cup final during the week.

The Blues 6-0 victory topped of a productive few days following a 4-0 FAWSL win over Spurs, extending their unbeaten league sequence to 33 matches. 

Speaking after her side had put the Hammers to the sword, Hayes enthused: “I’m really pleased to reach another final. Getting to finals is not an easy achievement and this team keep working and finding new levels.

“We had five chances in the first half and scored four goals and this reflects the confidence in the camp at the moment.

“I made a couple of adjustments today to look for different insights and the team just applied them straight away. This team just continues to progress so well.

Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women (2:30pm)

The Gunners return to FAWSL action after the postponement of last their previous two fixtures against West Ham and Aston Villa due to inclement weather. 

And they will face a tough task against a free-scoring Manchester City side that has scored 18 goals in their last three league outings, winning five on the bounce.

West Ham United Women v Bristol City Women (3pm)

Heavy FAWSL and Conti Cup defeats, ten goals conceded in the process and now a facing former manager Matt Beard and his Bristol City side in what tantamounts to a relegation battle. The pressure is certainly mounting on Ollie Harder in his new role at West Ham United.

Nevertheless, speaking to www.whufc.com after their six-goal annihilation against the Blues, Harder remained focused on the task ahead: “For us, we’re not trying to make it more than it is: for us, it’s another game of football,” the New Zealander explained.

“If we play like we did in the second half, we’ll have a good chance of winning that match. If we play like we did in the first half, we might struggle. 

“I’m hoping that we’ll represent ourselves in the right way and then I’m confident that we can get a result.” 

Elsewhere in the FAWSL...

Manchester United Women v Reading Women (12:30pm)

Everton Women v Birmingham City Women (2pm)

FA Women’s Championship

London City Lionesses v Durham Women (Noon)

Blackburn Ladies v Crystal Palace Women (2pm)

Charlton Athletic Women v Liverpool Women (2pm)

Coventry United Ladies v Lewes Women (2pm)

London Bees v Sheffield United Women (2pm)

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Brian Jeeves

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