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Saturday, September 26
Women’s FA Cup Quarter Final (2019/20 season)
Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (5:15pm)
It will be a very different scene when North London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham go head-to-head at Boreham Wood on Saturday evening.
With the Women’s FA Cup competition still playing catch-up following the unscheduled conclusion to the 2019/20 competition, the pair will take to an empty Meadow Park – a far cry from last November, when a record FAWSL crowd of 38,262 witnessed the Gunners recording a 2-0 success at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thanks to second-half goals from Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema.
Nevertheless, even without an audience, Gunners summer signing, Steph Catley confessed she’s looking forward to experiencing the competitive cup edge against their fierce rivals.
“It’s a brand-new experience for me,” the Melbourne-born defender told www.arsenal.com.
“The reason you play football is to win trophies, so to come in at such a late stage and be really close to winning one is really exciting. In Australia, we love our finals football and we definitely get up for those games. I’m really excited for that.
“I wanted to come to a top club and one of the big motivating factors is the Champions League, and always trophies. Any footballer is lying if they say that they don’t ever want to win trophies. There’s so many to be won here in England, which is different from back home and in America. That concept is definitely one that brought me over here.”
Meanwhile, Alex Morgan could feature in for Spurs after linking up with the club last week. However, the USA international hasn’t played in more than a year following the birth of her daughter in May.
Lilywhites joint-manager, Karen Hills is delighted to be finally playing the fixture: “It feels like we’ve been waiting on this game for a very long time,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“Obviously, we had prepared and were ready to play this match back in March but due to COVID-19, it wasn’t possible. Since then, we’ve welcomed some exciting new players into our squad and there’s been a lot of changes within our team.
For us, we’re fully focused on what we need to do tomorrow. We know it’s going to be tough, like it always is against them, but we’ve got our game plan ready and anything can happen in this competition. It’s a one-off game and we’re going into it with positive spirits and ready to give everything.”
On the Gunners strengths, Hills added: “It’s always going to be tough against Arsenal with the calibre of players that they have and they’re a team who have experienced success in this competition.
“We go into every game wanting to win and we set out to do everything we can to come out on top and coming up against Arsenal tomorrow isn’t going to be any different.
“We’ve said it before, our preparations for any game, whether it’s in the Cup or in the league, are always the same and we always focus on our own qualities.”
Sunday, September 27
Everton Women v Chelsea Women (1pm)
2018 winners Chelsea face a tough task at Goodison Park against a Toffees side that has made an impressive start to their domestic FAWSL campaign.
Everton has beaten Bristol City (4-0) and Tottenham Hotspur (1-0) in their opening two FAWSL matches. However, they face a Blues side who inflicted a thrashing of their own on the Bristol club, winning by nine unanswered goals at their Kingsmeadow Stadium.
Elsewhere in the Women’s FA Cup…
Leicester City Women v Manchester City Women (1pm)
FA Women’s Championship
Durham Women v London City Lionesses (Noon)
Crystal Palace Women v Blackburn Ladies (2pm)
Lewes Women v Coventry United Ladies (2pm)
Liverpool Women v Charlton Athletic Women (2pm)
Sheffield United Women v London Bees (2pm)