Super League: the [sold-out] opening game (part 2)

 

Arsenal v Brighton head to head (Arsenal in red)

 

Year WSL home WSL away FA cup League Cup
2021/22 2 – 1 0 – 3 3 – 0
2020/21 2 – 0 0 – 5
2019/20 4 – 0 0 – 4 0 – 0

42 penalties

2018/19 4 – 1 0 – 4

 

So no losses in the league in the last four seasons, the only defeat being on penalties in a League Cup group game where we lost 4 – 2 on penalties following a goalless draw.  In the 8 league games we have a 28/2 goal record so an average score of 3.5 goals a game and 0.25 against.

One Brighton player well known to Gooners is Danielle Carter who left us after the 2019/20 season, initially to Reading and then to Brighton a year later.  She isn’t the player she was in her Arsenal heyday but is still a threat in front of goal (2 goals in 9 appearances for Brighton to date, 28 goals in 101 appearances for Arsenal). 

Last season Kayleigh Green and Inessa Kaagman were joint top scorers with 4 (Kayleigh’s were all from open play, 3 of Inessa’s were penalties.  Aileen Whelan and Emma Koivisto had 3 and Danielle was one of a group of players on 2.  Brighton averaged a fraction over one goal a game.

My Arsenal starting 11

Manuella Zinsberger (GK)
Steph Catley (LB), Rafaelle Souza (LCB), Leah Williamson (RCB), Noelle Maritz (RB)
Lia Walti (DM)
Frida Maanum (MF), Kim Little (MF) captain
Vivianne Miedema (AM)
Beth Mead (F), Stina Blackstenius (F)

Subs (from)

Kaylan Marckese (GK), Lotte Wubben-Moy (CB), Jen Beattie (CB), Laura Wienroither (FB), Jordan Nobbs (MF), Mana Iwabuchi (MF), Katie MCCabe (LB/forward), Lina Hurtig (F), Caitlin Foord (F)

My prediction-:

Arsenal to win by 4 – 0

I’m expecting to be at the game and will try and post updates in the comments section of this post as the game progresses and will try and have a full review over the weekend.

The other WSL games are:-

Saturday 12:00 – Man United v Reading (United to win 3 – 1)

Sunday 12:30 – Aston Villa v Man City (City to win 3 – 1)

Sunday 15:00 – Leicester v Spurs (Spurs to win 1 – 0)

Sunday 15:00 – West Ham v Everton (draw 1 – 1)

Sunday 17:00 – Liverpool v Chelsea (Chelsea win 5 – 1)

My expectations for the season

1: Arsenal and Chelsea to come first and second in the WSL with a very close finish again. Both teams shouldn’t lose against any of the other teams, although they may well not beat the chasing pack in all games.

2: The head of the chasing pack will be Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs. United have strengthened their attack having signed Nikita Parris from us in the summer, City are definitely weaker with the loss of Kiera Walsh, Spurs have strengthened but from a lower starting level

3: Leicester will struggle to avoid a relegation battle this year and their survival will probably require them to get more than the four wins they managed last season. The other teams who will probably struggle are Everton and Aston Villa  along with newcomers Liverpool.

6 Replies to “Super League: the [sold-out] opening game (part 2)”

  1. Confirmation that the match will be shown live on Arsenal.com. Coverage starts at 19:20

  2. Arsenal just emerging for their warmup prior to the game tonight.

    Team

    Zinsburger
    Wienroither, Williamson, Rafaelle, McCabe
    Walti, Little, Miedema
    Mead, Blackstenius, Foord

    Subs
    Marcese,Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Catley, Maritz, Maanum, Nobbs, Iwabuchi, Hurtig

  3. Half time and Arsenal are one nil up. An awful start for Brighton who were down to 10 after only six minutes when they committed a last player foul. From my seat I thought it was a penalty but it was just outside the area.

    Brighton had a great chance to open the scoring following a quick break but the ball slipped wide of the net.

    Arsenal have dominated the half and but for the Brighton keeper the game would be long over. Without doubt she has been the player of the game so far

    Out goal came from Kim Little finding the net from inside the six yard box.

    More goals to come in the second half

    One thing i like about Women’s games is talking to other supporters, today I hahe the Brighton captains family in front of me

  4. Well done for the final score prediction. I thought the referee was poor tonight, making some bad decisions throughout the game. I see Arsenal were penalised for yet another foul-throw.

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