The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Sunday, January 31

Brian Jeeves

Saturday, January 30

FA Women’s Super League

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

Sunday, January 31

FA Women’s Super League

Chelsea Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (12:30pm)

Record-breaking Chelsea will look to extend their 32-match unbeaten FAWSL sequence when Spurs are the visitors on Sunday lunchtime.

The Blues recorded a 4-0 victory at Aston Villa during the week to overtake Manchester City’s run between 2015 and 2017.

Nevertheless, Blues boss, Emma Hayes, remained grounded, explaining: “We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. You learn with the highs and lows of winning and losing that you have to remove all the emotion from that. 

“You have to constantly remind yourself of the daily processes you have to go through to get a win. I’m always conscious of not being complacent, of demanding higher standards every time. 

“I’ve been able to achieve that because I’ve got a brilliant group of staff around me to help keep those standards high. I know that the threats are bigger than they’ve ever been in this game but I also know the quality that we’ve got amongst us.”

Inclement weather caused the postponement of Tottenham’s FAWSL clash with Everton last week. However, the Lilywhites head across the capital in good form having won each of their last three league outings, extending their unbeaten sequence to five. 

Aston Villa Women v Arsenal Women (2pm)

Arsenal look to get their title challenge back on track in the West Midlands following an inconsistent spell of late.

Snow called the postponement of last weekends fixture with West Ham, but two draws and a defeat in their last five outings has seen the Gunners slip to fourth place, six points behind leaders Chelsea.

Manchester City Women v West Ham United Women (2pm)

Ollie Holder’s West ham head to the North-West without the services of Alisha Lehmann, after the Swiss striker joined Everton on loan from the remainder of the season.

Holder’s side made progress in the Continental Cup, but the new chief is still looking for his first league victory in charge of the East Londoners.

With last Sunday’s trip to Arsenal snowed off, the Hammers now face an even tougher task against a City side scoring goals for fun., having scored seven in each of their last two FAWSL outings against Aston Villa and Brighton. 

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…

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

FA Women’s Championship

Charlton Athletic Women v Blackburn Ladies (Noon)

Brian Jeeves