The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Saturday/Sunday, January 9/10

Saturday, January 9

FA Women’s Super League

Manchester City Women P-P West Ham United Women 

COVID concerns at Manchester City led to the postponement of West Ham’s trip to the North-West. 

Olli Harder was set to take charge of the East Londoners for the first time. The New Zealander looked forward to a safer environment for everyone involved in the game.

“Obviously, once this situation passes, we very much look forward to having the supporters back,” he told www.whufc.com.

“As everybody knows, football is about the fans. It’s there to be enjoyed; to be played and enjoyed by the fans.

“Of course, for us, it’s a sad note when we don’t get to play in front of any fans, let alone our own fans, so we’re really looking forward to that. Stick with it, stay passionate, and we hope to see you at the ground soon.”

Aston Villa Women P-P Arsenal Women 

Arsenal’s COVID concerns put pay to their trip to the West Midlands. Nevertheless, it has bee a productive week for the Gunners with Anna Patten returning to the club following a four-year stint in the United States.

Speaking to www.arsenal.com, the 21-year-old said: “When I was back during lockdown it was then that I heard about the interest to re-sign me and obviously I was so excited about that. 

“Then I went back to America, finished off my degree, finished off my season, and from there the conversations kept going. I was so excited to hear they were still interested in signing me.

“It was quite an easy decision, to return home back to Arsenal if I’m honest. The team is full of quality and I couldn’t wait to be back. For me, my time had to come to leave America. 

“I’d graduated so it felt right to come back and most of all to come back to Arsenal. To be back and be able to sign for the team really is like a dream come true.”

Sunday, January 10

FA Women’s Super League

Reading Women v Chelsea Women (2pm)

Unbeaten Chelsea will be looking to move into second place with a victory over Reading at Adams Park.

The Blues have won six of their eight FAWSL matches todate and will leapfrog Arsenal with a win over the sixth-placed Royals.

Reading will offer a stiff test to Emma Hayes’ side. They have lost just once in five outings, including three draws.

Tottenham Hotspur Women v Birmingham City Women (2pm)

Spurs take on Birmingham City at The Hive, boosted by the news that Canadian defender, Shelina Zadorsky, and Australian midfielder, Alanna Kennedy have signed permanent contracts with the Lilywhites after initially linking up on loan from Orlando Pride.

The pair are expected to feature in a Spurs side unbeaten in four and having recorded back-to-back victories in their last two FAWSL outings.

Elsewhere in the FA Women’s Super League…

Everton Women v Manchester United Women (1:30pm)

Bristol City Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (2pm)

FA Women’s Championship

Lewes Women v Durham Women (Noon)

Charlton Athletic Women v Blackburn Ladies (2pm)

Leicester City Women v Sheffield United Women (2pm)

Liverpool Women v London Bees (2pm)

London City Lionesses v Crystal Palace Women (2pm)

FA Women’s National League – Northern Premier Division

Burnley Wom v Nottm Forest Ladies (2pm)

Huddersfield Town Ladies v Derby Ladies (2pm)

Hull City Ladies v Stoke Ladies (2pm)

Middlesbrough Ladies v Sheffield Ladies (2pm)

Sunderland Ladies v Loughborough Foxes WFC (2pm)

FA Women’s National League – Southern Premier Division

Crawley Wasps Ladies v Cardiff Ladies (2pm)

Gillingham Ladies v Chichester City Ladies (2pm)

Hounslow WFC v Plymouth Argyle Ladies (2pm)

Keynsham Ladies v Watford Ladies (2pm)

Oxford United Women v Portsmouth Ladies (2pm)

Yeovil United v MK Dons Ladies (2pm)

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Brian Jeeves

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