2022/23 WSL Matchweek 4 Previews

by Andrew Crawshaw

With Matchweek 1 having all games deferred following the death of the late Queen, for most teams this will be their third competitive game.  The matches are

Saturday 12:30 – Aston Villa v West Ham 

Aston Villa have won both of their first two games and currently sit third in the table.  West Ham are one of the few teams to have played three games and have won one and lost two.  They played against Chelsea on 28 September and lost 3 – 1.  I think this game will be a third win for Aston Villa

Sunday 12:00 – Everton v Chelsea

On paper a close match, both teams have a similar P3, W2, L1 record and a plus 3 goal difference.  Chelsea having both scored and conceded more than Everton.  Emma Hayes, the Chelsea manager,  is recuperating after having an emergency hysterectomy and so has handed over on pitch matters to her assistant Denise Reddy.  I’m sure that all ‘Untolders’ will join me in wishing her a full and complete recovery.  What effect that will have on Chelsea is difficult to assess but they have the strongest team in the league and I would expect them to have too much firepower for Everton on Sunday.  Of interest will be the performance of our young Brazilian Gio Queiroz who is on loan at Everton.

Sunday 12:00 Manchester United v Brighton

Manchester United are second in the league with two wins from two, Brighton are mid table with one win and a loss.  This looks as though it should be a comfortable home win for United.

Sunday 13:00 Manchester City v Leicester

Both of these teams are pointless so far, City having lost two and Leicester three.  Leicester have looked really poor so far this season and I can’t see that changing in this game.  City have too many good players to stay at the foot of the table for long and I will be very surprised if they don’t register their first win in this game.

Sunday 13:00 Spurs v Liverpool

Two teams harbouring hopes of getting into the top three by the end of the season and thereby qualifying for the Champions League next season.  I think that they will both struggle to achieve their dreams this year.  Both will almost certainly finish in the top half of the table.  This match is difficult to predict a winner, both have scored two and have conceded 4 and 5.  I think this will be a low scoring draw

Sunday 18:45 – Reading v Arsenal

Bad news for Arsenal on the injury front.  We knew that our Brazilian centre back Rafaelle is out for a number of weeks with a broken metatarsal following heavy (and poor) challenges against both Spurs and PSV.  Sadly she is now joined by fellow Centre Back Leah Williamson who has an ankle injury sustained in training.  Leah will also be out for several weeks.  Our manager Jonas  Eidevall has already ruled her out of the November internationals.  This means that both Lotte Wubben-Moy and Jen Beattie will almost certainly start on Sunday.  Our other Centre Back Anna Patten is on loan at Aston Villa and Jonas confirmed that we can’t recall her until the January transfer window opens (should we wish to do so).

We follow up this game with a Champions League game away to European Champions Lyon on Wednesday evening and Jonas confirmed he wouldn’t be resting players ahead of that game.  It is typical though that our match is the last to be played this weekend before the midweek Champions League game and we then have to go again at midday next Sunday.  The people in charge of the fixture lists certainly aren’t doing us any favours.

I believe that the rest of the team have returned from their International duties unscathed and it is probable that one of our midfielders will be earmarked to step into the back line should it be necessary.  

Reading are rooted at the bottom of the league table with no points having scored 1 and conceded 6 goals in their two matches.  Historically though they have usually been a team that we have had to be near our best to beat.

I am wary of risking a repeat of our game last season against bottom-of-the-table Birmingham where we never remotely looked like getting anything from the game and which result probably cost us the league title at the end of the year.  I really can’t see a repeat of that happening on Sunday and we should emerge as comfortable winners.

If you can’t get to Reading to watch the match live it is being shown on Sky Sports in the UK.

Here is a reminder of the current WSL table

Pos Team P W D L For Away +/- Pts
1 Arsenal 2 2 0 0 8 0 8 6
2 Man United 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 6
3 Aston Villa 2 2 0 0 6 3 3 6
4 Chelsea 3 2 0 1 6 3 3 6
5 Everton 3 2 0 1 4 1 3 6
6 Liverpool 2 1 0 1 2 4 -2 3
7 Brighton 2 1 0 1 2 5 -3 3
7 Spurs 2 1 0 1 2 5 -3 3
7 West Ham 3 1 0 2 2 5 -3 3
10 Man City 2 0 0 2 3 6 -3 0
11 Leicester 3 0 0 3 1 5 -4 0
12 Reading 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0

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6 Replies to “2022/23 WSL Matchweek 4 Previews”

  1. Arsenal team

    Mc Cabe, Catley, Wubben-Moy, Wienroither
    Wälti, Little
    Mead, Miedema, Foord

    Marckese (GK), Beattie, Maritz, Reid, Nobbs, Maanum, Iwabuchi, Hurtig, Agyemang

    Katie Reid is a young defender andMichelle Agyemang is a 16year old attacker. It is unlikely that eitherwill get playing time, but a good learning experience for them both.

    We should be one up in 30 seconds but Blacksterius can’t beat the keeper when racing in from the left wing one on one

  2. Katie Reid caprained the England U16s in February

    The referee is allowing Reading to pull and push our players without penalty.

    15 minutes gone and still no score. Arsenal doing most of the attacking so far and looking to extend our 8 match run of not conceding a goal.

  3. Regrettably we have a poor referee, cardable offences by Reading being ignored and every minor infringement by Arsenal punished.

    31st minute and Blackstenius gives the lead from the edge of the area following a pass by Kim Little.

  4. I don’t believe it Kim Little doesn’t score from the penalty spot. Commentators no idea why the penalty was awarded. Replay shows defender with arm out as Beth took a corner..

    63minutes in and still one nil. Arsenal with two efforts coming back off the post.

    Tripple substitution for Arsenal. Nobbs, Hurtig and Maanum on. Miedema, Wälti and Foord off

  5. Just the one goal which keeps our winning streak going. Now at 9. 8clean sheets in a row as well so Zinsburger with that record on her own rather than just ashare on 7. Second in the table behind Man United on goal difference.

    Not our most fluentperformnce, too many chances not taken empowering Reading in the second half.

    Now on to Lyon midweek in the Womens Champions League.

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