The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Sunday, January 24

FA Women’s Super League
Arsenal Women v West Ham United Women (Noon)
Arsenal lost ground on the leaders following a frustrating 1-1 draw at Reading and will now look to recover against an improving West Ham side at Boreham Wood, who they thrashed 9-1 during the opening weeks of the season.

Vivianne Miedema netted the Gunners equaliser against the Royals: “We were below par for the whole game today,” boss, Joe Montemurro, beamed

“We just didn’t get into our rhythm and didn’t position ourselves well enough for the passing opportunities and we need to fix that.”

Meanwhile, Oli Harder’s first game in the Hammers hot-seat resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Spurs. Nevertheless, there were plenty of positives for the New Zealander to chew the fat over.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get the three points today,” he told www.whufc.com.

“We didn’t get anything out of the game but on the whole, two weeks in, we’re pleased with a lot of the things that we’re seeing on the pitch.”

Harder witnessed further progress as the Hammers booked a Conti Cup semi-final tie with Chelsea after easing past Durham by three unanswered goals on Thursday evening.

“The girls will be off tomorrow and Saturday will then be prep for Arsenal,” de added.

“It’s been a big week for us, considering we haven’t played any football and then three games in just a few days. Hopefully, we’ll be ready to go. “

Bristol City Women v Chelsea Women (2pm)
Having returned to the summit with a victory over fellow title contenders, Manchester United, Chelsea will be expected to take another three points when they visit bottom club, Bristol City on Sunday.

Pernille Harder and Fran Kirby netted in the 2-1 triumph at Kinsmeadow. Nevertheless, Blues boss, Emma Hayes, was quick to heap praise on the leadership qualities displayed by skipper, Magdalena Eriksson.

“You want your leader to mirror you and she mirrors me in exactly the ways I want her to.’ Hayes explained.

“We are side by side, we are together along with Millie.

“I have a leadership there, plus the experience in the group that carries us this far. I have huge respect for Magda, she will go on and be a wonderful manager in her career too, so I often coach her with that in mind.

“I’ll often share with her how to handle situations so she is ready when she’s in my shoes – I have no doubt in my mind that Magda Eriksson will be a future Chelsea manager.”

Tottenham Hotspur Women v Everton Women (2:30pm)
Spurs could hand a debut to defender Abbie McManus after she linked up with the North Londoners on a loan deal from Manchester United until the end of the current campaign.

The Lilywhites will be eyeing up a fourth successive FAWSL victory since Rehanne Skinner took charge. Lucy Quinn’s first-half goal was enough to see off West Ham at Victoria Road last time out. A performance which demonstrated a new-found resolve within the group after the home side applied most of the pressure.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Manchester United Women v Birmingham City Women (Noon)
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Manchester City Women (2pm)

FA Women’s Championship
Durham Women v London Bees (Noon)
Lewes Women v Sheffield United Women (1pm)
Coventry United Ladies v Charlton Athletic Women (2pm)
Leicester City Women v Crystal Palace Women (2pm)
London City Lionesses v Blackburn Ladies (2pm)

Brian Jeeves

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