The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Sunday, December 13

Sunday, December 13
The FA Women’s Super League

Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Chelsea Women (2pm)
Chelsea head to the South Coast looking to extend their incredible unbeaten league run to 29 matches.

The champions were made to fight every inch of the way by West Ham last time out. However, Sam Kerr’s hat-trick proved decisive to ensure the Blues victory by the odd goal in five.

Boss, Emma Hayes, was pleased to return with a win, telling www.chelseafc.com: “We’ve had two cancellations, lots of international breaks so I’m just really excited about this period to find some momentum because we really need it. We’ve got it in training we just need it in games and no stop-starting.”

Brighton now faces the daunting task of attempting to end the Blues winning sequence. They currently occupy eighth place following last weekends defeat at Spurs.

Bristol City Women v West Ham United Women (2pm)
Interim boss, Billy Stewart, saw plenty of positives from his Hammers side despite witnessing them slip to a narrow 3-2 defeat at Champions Chelsea.

“I thought we were in the game right until the last seconds,” he told www.whufc.com.

“To still be in with a chance of getting a point, or a result, against Chelsea with the last kick of the game, that shows a massive plus to this football club, to every player and to every member of staff who works hard here.

“I think the girls have trained really well, and the confidence has grown and grown as a squad of players. They are together.”

West Ham now take on bottom of the table Bristol City. The Robins remain winless but will be heartened by their performance during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Reading.

Tottenham Hotspur Women v Aston Villa Women (2pm)
There are plenty of positives for new Tottenham boss, Rehanne Skinner ahead of Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa.

The former England assistant oversaw the Lilywhites first FAWSL victory of the season, while USA superstar, Alex Morgan, got the proverbial ‘monkey off her back’ by netting her first goal for the North Londoners, converting from the spot as Spurs saw off Brighton by three goals to one at The Hive.

“Leading this team is something I’ve been looking forward to and, given all the work we’ve done over the past few weeks, I always believed we would have a response today,” Skinner enthused after her side had seen off the Seagulls.

“We had some great possession and created a number of chances so, of course, I couldn’t be happier.

“I was also really pleased for Alex as she’s been building up her fitness over the past few months and getting back to where she wants to be, and getting the goal today will have helped with that process.”

A win for Spurs will put daylight between themselves and Villa. The West Midlanders slipped next to bottom following last weekends 2-0 defeat at the hands of leaders, Manchester United.

Manchester City Women v Arsenal Women (2:30pm)
Arsenal will need to pull out all the stops at Manchester City in order to remain on the coat-tails of league leaders, Manchester United.

The Gunners warmed up for their trip to the North-West with a reasonably comfortable 3-0 success over Birmingham City at Meadow Park.

“They’re a very well organised side in the back third, defending very deep, the wide players come very deep so it’s effectively a four and a five.

“We had to find a way and once it broke open it was always going to be a bit more plain sailing from there, but all credit to them,” Arsenal boss, Joe Montemurro, explained.

“These games are really important for the whole package of the year and what we’re trying to achieve, and we’ve shown great character.”

Host’s City currently sit in fourth place following their 3-0 win at Everton – four points further back than the Gunners who occupy second.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Reading Women v Manchester United Women (12:30pm)
Birmingham City Women v Everton Women (2pm)

FA Women’s Championship
Charlton Athletic Women v Leicester City Women
Coventry United Ladies v Durham Women
Lewes Women v Crystal Palace Women
London City Lionesses v Liverpool Women
Sheffield United Women v Blackburn Ladies

Women’s FA Cup First Round

Billericay Town Ladies v Maidenhead United Women
Bournemouth Ladies v Southampton Women
Chester-Le-Street Town Ladies v Brighouse Town Ladies
Exeter City Women v Cheltenham Town Ladies
FC United of Manchester Women v Liverpool Feds WFC
Harlow Town Ladies v Ipswich Town Ladies
Leyton Orient WFC v Actonians LFC
Lincoln City Ladies v Solihull Ladies
Newcastle Ladies v Barnsley Women
Wem Town Ladies v Boldmere St. Michaels Women
Wolves Ladies v Stourbridge Ladies

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Brian Jeeves

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