The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Sunday, December 20

FA Women’s Super League

West Ham United Women v Aston Villa Women (3pm)

West Ham walloped Bristol City by four unanswered goals last time out to lift spirits and confidence. 

Interim Head Coach, Billy Stewart, was satisfied with his lot, expalining: “I think we have done really well, we built on last week’s solid performance and continued it today.

“We look at the young players that we have got in the squad, and it is good to give them a game at times. They are in the squad for a reason, with how well they have worked and trained this week.

“We pick the players that we feel are the best personnel to play against each particular team. It is not that the other players that did not start have done anything wrong.

“We have had good players training hard, enjoying training and working for each other as a squad of players.

Chelsea Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (2pm)

Chelsea will step up their title defence against old adversaries Tottenham at Kingsmeadow.

The Blues maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign thanks to a single Sam Kerr goal at Brighton last time out.

“If you want to compete for titles you have to win games like these and that’s something that’s clear from the off,” Chelsea boss, Emma Hayes explained. 

“They have been a bogey team for us a bit last year. I’m as delighted with this win as I am any win because to break her teams down, they put in such a shift. I thought we deserved to win the game but when you don’t take a second goal you have to defend properly.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach, Rehanne Skinner, will be looking for more from USA striker, Alex Morgan, as her Lilywhites revolution continues: I think we’re getting better at working off Alex and I think the more time we get, in terms of training and working around her and the more time she’s on the pitch, that will keep improving.

“She’s obviously getting sharper with every game and we’re now playing to her strengths, for sure.”

Arsenal Women v Everton Women (2pm)

Defeat at Manchester City last time out has dented Arsenal’s title hoped.

The Gunner have won only two of their last five FAWSL matches and currently sit four points behind leaders, Manchester United.

Speaking after their setback in the North-West, Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro said: “We had the opportunity to see out the game. We felt that they lower a lot of players to build up and then change the point of the attacking areas.

“We felt that if we kept them in those areas and kept them to one side we could have some effect. This is football. In the arc of the game, we only played in patches.

“They had a lot more of the ball but you expect that. Here we were at least compact enough to make sure they didn’t hurt us and I think I was more angry at the first goal.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…

Manchester United Women v Bristol City Women (Noon)

Birmingham City Women v Manchester City Women (2pm)

Chelsea Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (2pm)

Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Reading Women (2:30pm)

FA Women’s Championship

Durham Women v Liverpool Women

Blackburn Ladies v Leicester City Women

Crystal Palace Women v Charlton Athletic Women

London Bees v Coventry United Ladies

Sheffield United Women v London City Lionesses

FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division

Burnley Women v Sunderland Ladies

Huddersfield Town Ladies v Middlesbrough Ladies

Hull City Ladies v Sheffield Ladies

Loughborough Foxes WFC v Derby Ladies

Nottm Forest Ladies v West Bromwich Albion WFC

Stoke Ladies v Fylde Ladies

FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division

Cardiff Ladies v Portsmouth Ladies

Chichester City Ladies v MK Dons Ladies

Hounslow WFC v Yeovil United

Keynsham Ladies v Crawley Wasps Ladies

Plymouth Argyle Ladies v Oxford United Women

Watford Ladies v Gillingham Ladies

Brian Jeeves

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