The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Sunday, January 17

FA Women’s Super League

Reading Women v Arsenal Women (2pm)

Arsenal has confirmed that all of their players self-isolating have returned to training ahead of Sunday’s clash with Reading. 

Lia Walti and Noelle Maritz are back in full squad training and is available for selection. Meanwhile, Viktoria Schnaderbeck is continuing her rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained in November.

Steph Catley has successfully undergone surgery and has started her rehabilitation on a hamstring injury sustained in training before Christmas

Chelsea Women v Manchester United Women (2:30pm)

A victory for Champions Chelsea will see them leapfrog Manchester United at the top of the FAWSL table when the two unbeaten sides meet at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.

Three points will see the BLues head the table on goal difference with a game in hand, although they will find the going tough against a United side that has won eight and drawn two of their ten league outings to date.

Chelsea was in sparkling form to thrash Reading by five unanswered goals last time out, with Fran Kirby netting four times.

“Although Fran scored four excellent goals today, she will be the first to say that you’re only as good as players around you,” boss Emma Hayes enthused. 

“I thought that it was a total team performance today and one of the most pleasing performances of the season.

“I’m excited to play Manchester United next week. They’ve been brilliant all season and deserve to be at the top but I feel that we are starting to come into a bit of form at the right time.”

West Ham United Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (3pm)

Incoming Hammers boss, Olli Harder will finally get an opportunity to see his new charges in action when they face old adversaries Spurs at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Harder’s task was bosted by the permanent signing of Australian international Emily van Egmond – the midfielder having netted five times in twelve appearances since initially linking up with the East Londoners.

However, Rachel Daly and Ruby Grant have departed following the conclusion of their respective short-term deals.

Spurs make the short trip across the capital, unbeaten in four and winning their last two FAWSL matches under the guidance of Rehanne Skinner.

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com about the uncertainty over fixtures going ahead during the COVID crisis, Skinner explained: “As a collective, the big challenge for us is we had a couple of great results against Brighton and Aston Villa and the mood was really good in camp, we were really looking forward to playing Chelsea which did not go ahead and after the cancellation on Sunday against Birmingham, it has been almost a month since we last played.

“Ultimately, the players are desperate to get back on the pitch and play a game. There is a good confidence level in and around the team. The sooner we can get back on the pitch in a game format, the better for everyone really.”

Loanees, Shelina Zadorsky and Alanna Kennedy have now penned permanent deals with the Lilywhites.  

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…

Manchester City Women v Aston Villa Women (12:30pm)

Everton Women v Bristol City Women (1pm)

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

FA Women’s Championship

Blackburn Ladies v Lewes Women (Noon)

Crystal Palace Women v Durham Women (2pm)

Liverpool Women v Leicester City Women (2pm)

London Bees v London City Lionesses (2pm)

Sheffield United Women v Coventry United Ladies (2pm)

Brian Jeeves

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