Source: The FA

Barclays FA Women’s Super League Preview

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Saturday 28 September – Manchester United v Liverpool

Manchester United and Liverpool will lock horns in a Women’s Super League match for the very first time.
Liverpool did host Manchester United in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup last season – falling to a 0-1 defeat at home during the group stages.

Both Manchester United and Liverpool have lost their opening two Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches this season by the odd goal – each of their combined four defeats ending 0-1.

Man Utd manager Casey Stoney, who finished her playing career at Liverpool in 2018, scored three goals against the Reds during her Women’s Super League career – more goals than versus any other side.

Liverpool (15) and Man Utd (16) have had the fewest number of shots in Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches so far this season, with both sides managing just three shots on target – another league low.

Sunday 29 September

Everton v Manchester City

Everton have lost each of their previous six Women’s Super League matches against Manchester City, scoring just three goals and conceding 18.

Manchester City’s 100% winning ratio against Everton in Super League games is their joint-highest such ratio in the competition, also winning each of their six such clashes against Sunderland.

Everton have won both of their opening two league games this season without conceding a goal; the first time they have maximum points at this stage of a top-flight campaign.

Manchester City are looking to kick off their Barclays FA Women’s Super League season with three straight wins for the third time, having done so in 2016 and in 2017-18.

Willie Kirk has lost each of his six previous Women’s Super League matches against Manchester City across spells with Bristol City and current club Everton, conceding at least three times in each match (25 total).

Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

Arsenal beat Brighton in both top-flight encounters last season, winning 4-1 in this exact fixture last season, before a 4-0 win away from home.

After losing their first five matches against London sides in the Super League, Brighton have avoided defeat in their last two such games – winning 4-0 at West Ham back in May and drawing 1-1 at home versus Chelsea last time out.

Arsenal’s victory at Manchester United last time out was their tenth successive Super League win – only once before have the Gunners enjoyed a longer such run in the competition (12 between May and November 2018).

Arsenal’s Danielle van de Donk, who netted the winner against Man Utd in their last match, had a direct hand in four of the Gunners’ eight league goals against Brighton last season, scoring twice and assisting twice.

Brighton’s Léa Le Garrec has had the most shots in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season without scoring (eight shots, no goals).

Birmingham City v Reading

Birmingham City have never lost to Reading in the Women’s Super League, drawing their first five matches with the Royals, before winning each of the last two.

Reading have only managed two goals in three previous visits to Birmingham in the Women’s Super League, drawing two and losing one of those matches.

Birmingham City have started their Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign with back-to-back defeats for the first time since 2016; they’ve never lost their first three league games of a top-flight season.

Reading have won three of their last four away games in the Women’s Super League, as many as they managed in their previous 10 such games.

Only Chelsea (36) and Arsenal (39) have taken more shots in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches than Birmingham (34) this season, yet the Blues are one of four sides yet to score a single goal so far.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham and Spurs will meet in the Women’s Super League for the very first time.

The last time Spurs visited West Ham in a league match was back in May 2017, when the away side ran out 7-0 winners in what was a third-tier encounter.

Despite losing five of their last six home matches in the top-flight, West Ham are looking to win back-to-back such games for the very first time following their 1-0 win over Birmingham last time out.

Spurs, who have won one and lost one of their two Barclays FA Women’s Super League games this season, secured their first ever victory in the competition last time out against Liverpool – a Rachel Furness penalty making the difference.

West Ham boss Matt Beard has never won a Women’s Super League London derby, drawing one and losing eight of his previous nine games across spells with Chelsea and West Ham.

Bristol City v Chelsea

Bristol City are winless in their last nine Women’s Super League matches with Chelsea, losing eight of those games (P8 W0 D1 L7).

Chelsea have kept seven clean sheets in their eight previous league visits to Bristol City in the top-flight, only losing once in May 2013, 0-2.

Bristol City are now winless in their last five Women’s Super League matches (P5 W0 D1 L4), their longest such run since April 2018 (six games).

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 22 away games in the Super League, drawing eight and winning 14 of those matches.

Since a 2-0 win over Arsenal in May 2014, Bristol City have remained winless in their last 18 top-flight matches against London opposition (P18 W0 D3 L15).

Courtesy of the FA

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