This weekend sees a busy weekend in both the WSL 1 and 2 plus a number of ties in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
There is only two fixtures in WSL 1 due to Cup ties clashing with league fixtures. The first of these sees fifth place Birmingham City Ladies entertain fourth place Liverpool Ladies FC. Their are only five points between the two sides going into the game. A win for the home side would move them to within three points of their opponents. However, a win for Liverpool would see them overtake Arsenal Ladies into third place and also move to just five points of second place Manchester City Women.
The second fixture sees top of the table Chelsea Ladies host sixth place Reading FC Women. Chelsea are still unbeaten in their first eleven fixtures of the WSL 1 with eight win and three draws. Another three points would extend their gap to second place Manchester City to four points. A win for the visitors, Reading could see them overtake Birmingham if they fail to beat to Liverpool.
SSE Women’s FA Cup:
Last week’s FA Cup tie fell victim to the best from the east and so they will be played this weekend.
The first of these sees WSL 1 side Arsenal Ladies entertain Charlton Athletic LFC. Arsenal are overwhelming favourites to progress to the next side especially after beating Manchester City Women in the final of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup last week 1-0. This means if Arsenal progress they could will be on course to add their 60th trophy to their cabinet.
The second of these sees WSL 2 side Durham Women FC host Everton Ladies FC. Durham has been in good form this season in the WSL 2 and currently sit in third place. However, their visitors have had a poor season in the WSL 1 having only picked up nine points from their opening 11 games.
The other tie this weekend sees Sunderland AFC Ladies entertain Manchester City Women. Sunderland currently sit in seventh place in the WSL 1 and fourteen points and five places below Manchester City heading into the tie but, as I mentioned earlier form and league positions counts for nothing in the cup. Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their narrow loss to Arsenal in the final of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
There are four games in the WSL 2 this weekend.
The first of these sees sixth place Oxford United Women host second place Milwall Lionesses. A win for the home side could see them leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur Ladies if they fail to beat top of the table Doncaster Rovers Belles. A win for Millwall could see them go level on points with Doncaster if they lose to Tottenham.
The second of these fixtures sees seventh place Sheffield United FC entertain Brighton and Hove Albion Women. A win for the home side could see them leapfrog Oxford if they fail to beat Millwall. A win for Brighton Would move them into third place and put them within a couple of points of Millwall.
The third fixture sees leaders Doncaster host Tottenham. A win for the home side could see them extend their lead at the top if Millwall do not win. A win for Tottenham could see them close the gap to fourth place.
The last fixture is a bottom of the table clash which sees bottom place Watford FC Ladies entertain second bottom Aston Villa Ladies FC. A win for the home side would move them onto level points with Villa. A win for Villa would see them close the gap to eighth place London Bees to two points.