Women’s Super League Preview: Arsenal Take on Manchester City

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There is a full programme of Women’s Super League action taking place this weekend, and arguably the pick of the fixtures sees Arsenal host Manchester City at Meadow Park on February 7 – kick-off 2.30 pm GMT.

Women’s Super League Preview: Arsenal Take on Manchester City

First Women’s Super League Match in Three Weeks for Arsenal Against Manchester City

It is set to be Arsenal’s first match in three weeks after their previously arranged fixtures at home to West Ham United and away at Aston Villa fell victim to weather-related postponements.

The Gunners are fourth in the Women’s Super League table and know that a win will close the gap between themselves and Manchester City to just a point, with the added advantage of having a game in hand over Gareth Taylor’s side.

But City are on a superb run of form having won each of their last five Women’s Super League games, which includes a 2-1 win over Arsenal in this season’s reverse fixture on December 13.

Chelsea Host Brighton & Hove Albion Looking to Take Advantage of Dropped Points in Manchester City and Arsenal Clash

League leaders Chelsea will be looking to extend their record unbeaten Women’s Super League run to 34 games when they host Brighton at Kingsmeadow, kick-off 2 pm GMT on February 7.

The Blues are in irresistible form having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 in their last Women’s Super League fixture on January 31, before following that up with an emphatic 6-0 victory over West Ham United in a Continental League Cup semi-final tie on February 3.

Their form is in sharp contrast to Brighton, who have lost six of their last seven Women’s Super League games – most recently losing 3-0 to bottom-of-the-table Bristol City on January 30.

Bristol City Looking to Build on Brighton Win in Women’s Super League

Bristol City themselves have enjoyed back-to-back wins in all competitions and secured their place in the Continental League Cup Final after beating Women’s Championship leaders Leicester City 1-0 on February 3.

Kiera Skeels scored the winner in what was her first City goal since arriving on loan from Reading, and their attention now turns back to the Women’s Super League in a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash away at West Ham on February 7, kick-off 3 pm GMT.

Another victory would be enough to take Matt Beard’s side off the foot of the Women’s Super League table.

Aston Villa in Action Against Tottenham Hotspur

Aston Villa host Tottenham Hotspur in the first Women’s Super League fixture of the weekend knowing that only a win would definitely prevent them from replacing City at the bottom of the table.

Tottenham had enjoyed a resurgence in form since Rehanne Skinner’s appointment as head coach after securing three straight wins but came back to earth with the aforementioned 4-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out.

The action gets underway at the Banks’ Stadium on February 6, kick-off 12.30 pm GMT.

Manchester United Have a Royal Visit

Manchester United v Reading begins Sunday’s Women’s Super League action at Leigh Sports Village, and Casey Stoney’s side will be aiming for a third consecutive win to keep the pressure on Chelsea, after beating both Birmingham City and Everton by a 2-0 scoreline.

Reading head into the game sitting sixth in the table and shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on January 23 in their last match.

Everton Face Birmingham City

The other 2 pm kick-off on February 7 sees Everton host Birmingham City. Both sides have struggled for form in recent weeks after recording just one victory in the last five games and suffered defeats last time out.

The Toffees were beaten 2-0 by Man United on January 31, while Birmingham were beaten by the same opponents and scoreline a week earlier.

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