(Kick-off 2pm unless stated)
The FA Women’s Super League
Arsenal Women v Reading Women (12:30pm)
Arsenal boss, Joe Montemurro, believes the FA Women’s Super League is now stronger than ever.
The Gunners have won fifteen league titles and fourteen FA Cups during their 33-year existence. However, the Australian chief is aware that adding to that impressive tally will be much harder following an influx of talented players arriving throughout the top division.
“It’s undoubted that the WSL is becoming probably the best league in the world,” the 50-year-old told BBC Sport.
“It’s a league where you know you want to be, to be the best you can be. But we try to make a statement every time we step out on the field. As Arsenal, we try to play our style of football.”
Montemurro could include his four new signings for the visit of Reading. Steph Catley, Malin Gut, Noelle Maritz and Lydia Williams all arriving in North London during the summer.
Tottenham Hotspur Women v West Ham United Women
Spurs striker, Rianna Dean, is looking forward to the Lilywhites FA Women’s Super League opener with West Ham but insisted it will be tough without the backing of the Hive crowd.
“It’s going to be a much greater challenge for us without the fans,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“They spur us on, they create the atmosphere and their support at The Hive means everything to us. We know they’ll be watching us on the FA Player and cheering us on from home, though, and we know we need to put on the best performance possible to make them proud from wherever they’ll be tuning in from, so when they do return to games, they’ll be excited to see us in action.”
Look at Sunday’s opponents, Dean added: “I think the new signings West Ham have made will make a big impact on their team, too. They were already a tough side and they’ve definitely strengthened in the transfer window. We’ve also added to our squad and so have most teams in the WSL, so I think the league as a whole has improved and it’s going to be interesting to see how everyone performs this season.”
Meanwhile, England international Rachel Daly could feature for the Hammers after joining the club on loan from Houston Dash.
Daly became West Ham’s eighth summer signing as Head coach, Matt Beard, looks to build a squad capable of challenging in the top half of the FAWSL.
On signing Daly, Beard told www.whufc.com: “I am delighted to bring Rachel to West Ham. The opportunity to have a proven England international in our squad on a short-term deal was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
“Rachel is an experienced player, proven at the top level of the game, who will fit into our squad perfectly in terms of how we play and what we expect from our squad. I am looking forward to working with her over the coming months.”
Manchester United Women v Chelsea Women (2:30pm)
FAWSL champions, Chelsea, begin their title defence in the North-West against a Manchester United side who will look to mount a challenge of their own following a fourth-place finish last term.
“That is the plan of course but we know it’s going to be hard,” Blues defender, Maren Mjelde, told BBC Sport.
“The league is going to be tougher than ever. There are going to be a lot of trophies to compete for this year and we want to win as many of them as possible.
“We are positive, we had a good pre-season. We’ve made some good signings who have adapted really well into our team.”
Elsewhere in the FA Women’s Super League…
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Birmingham City Women
Bristol City Women v Everton Women
The FA Women’s Championship
Charlton Athletic Women v Crystal Palace Women
Coventry United Ladies v London Bees
Leicester City Women v Blackburn Ladies
Liverpool Women v Durham Women
London City Lionesses v Sheffield United Women