by Andrew Crawshaw
There are, as usual five Women’s Super League Matches this weekend, all this afternoon. Arsenal begin proceedings at Borehamwood in the early 12:30 match, followed at 14:00 by Liverpool v Man City and Reading v Bristol and at 15:00 there are Yeovil v Everton and West Ham v Chelsea. Brighton sit out this round of matches (there are 11 teams in the league).
Here is the current table:-
It is fair to say that, so far, Arsenal are by far the best team in the league, not only unbeaten but having won all of our games and with a goal record of 31 scored and 3 conceded. Man City in second place are also unbeaten but have drawn three games out of 7.
Chelsea, last season’s champions and the other team who one would expect to be challenging again this year have had an underwhelming start to the season but picked themselves up from the 5 – 0 thrashing we inflicted on them to win their second match of the campaign last week. Birmingham are to a large extent the surprise team so far this season in third place.
Arsenal v Birmingham 12:30 Borehamwood. This match is being shown live (in UK) via the BBC red button service and BBL on-line. If you are within travelling distance of Borehamwood you can also get tickets on the gate at £10 or £5 for concesions (U16, O65s and disabled).
Arsenal have the most potent offence in the league and are averaging over 5 goals a game. In Miedema we have the best striker who on her own is averaging nearly 2 goals a game and has 2 hat-tricks in the league so far. We also have the most potent goalscoring midfield who in Jordan Nobbs, Danielle van de Donk and the injured Kim Little have contributed 15 goals and 8 assists in out 6 matches.
Birmingham have specialised this year in the one-nil win. They have only scored 6 goals but have only conceded three (the same as us) in their 6 games they have won 4 drawn and lost one. In the past few meetings Birmingham have always been very difficult to beat, defend well in numbers and pose a threat on the counter attack
The two best defences in the league will be on display but there is no question that we have by far the most potent attack. If we play anywhere near our capability then I would expect us to win this match but I will be surprised if it will be by more than one or two goals.
Liverpool v Man City
Liverpool had a torrid start to the season, they had to undertake a major squad rebuild in summer as Man United (amongst others) raided them. Their newly appointed manager left before the season started and they started in absolute chaos. Their performances have been getting better and their record is W6 and L6. They are struggling to score goals with only 4 and have conceded 8.
Man City haven’t started as well as I would have expected, although unbeaten they have dropped points by drawing 3 matches against mid-table opponents who I would have expected them to beat. They are the second highest scoring team with 23 out of their 7 matches and I would expect them to have too much firepower for Liverpool.
Reading v Bristol
Both teams are in mid table with virtually identical numbers only separated by goal difference Reading having conceded one fewer. This game is really too close to call but I will go for Reading to make home advantage tell and win by an odd goal with both sided scoring.
Yeovil v Everton
Yeovil have yet to win a match in the WSL either last season or this and have a terrible defence conceding on average 3 goals per game coupled with a poor attack. Everton, this year have a similarly poor attack (both teams have only scored 4 goals ) and a slightly better defence conceding on average 2 goals per game. I have a feeling that this game at home probably represents Yeovil’s best chance of getting some points this season and I suspect that they will probably score a goal which will be enough to earn a point.
West Ham v Chelsea
Both teams have only won two matches this season and Chelsea have scored the fewest goals in the competition with 3. West Ham have scored 8 in their 6 games. Chelsea have only conceded in one game where they shipped 5 against Arsenal whilst West Ham are letting in 2.5 per game. It can only be a matter of time before Chelsea’s strikers rediscover the back of the net and I think that it could be today. Chelsea to win this match with 3 or more goals.
I will add updates on the progress of our game at Borehamwood as the afternoon proceeds. Normally I would be there but today I will be at home.
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