Barclays FA Women’s Super League – Women’s Football Weekend

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Please see below the stats from Opta ahead of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures as part of Women’s Football Weekend.

Manchester City v West Ham United

  • West Ham’s biggest ever WSL loss came at the hands of Manchester City, a 7-1 defeat in October 2018.
  • Last time out against Arsenal, Manchester City suffered their first Barclays FA Women’s Super League defeat of the season, falling to a 0-1 defeat against the Gunners. Indeed, each of the Citizens last three losses in the competition have come against Arsenal.
  • West Ham have only lost one of their last five away games in the WSL (W3 D1), a 1-2 defeat on the opening day of the season back in September.
  • Manchester City’s Janine Beckie has had the joint-most shots in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League without scoring this season (13 – alongside Brighton’s Lea Le Garrec).
  • Four of West Ham’s six league goals this season have either been scored by Martha Thomas (2) or Adriana Leon (2), with Kenza Dali and Alisha Lehmann also netting for the club in the top-flight this season.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Birmingham City

  • Both Brighton and Birmingham won their respective home match against the other in the WSL last season, with the Seagull’s losing 0-1 at the Automated Technology Group Stadium, before the Blues suffered a 1-2 defeat at the People’s Pension Stadium back in February.
  • Birmingham are looking to avoid losing three consecutive away games in the top-flight for the first time since January 2018, when they did so under manager Marc Skinner.
  • Brighton are one of three winless sides within the Barclays FA Women’s Super League so far this season (alongside Bristol and Liverpool).
  • Matches within the Barclays FA Women’s Super League so far this season involving Birmingham have produced the fewest goals, with the Blues registering just two goals, and conceding five.
  • Brighton have made 10 changes to their starting XI in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches so far this season, the joint-most in the competition alongside Arsenal.

Chelsea v Manchester United

  • This will be the first meeting in any competition between Chelsea and Manchester United.
  • Against sides they are facing in the WSL for the very first time, Chelsea have won each of their last five such contests by an aggregate score of 14-0.
  • Manchester United have now won each of their last three Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches without conceding a goal; the only newly-promoted side to win four straight matches in the competition are Sunderland, who did so between May and July 2015.
  • Chelsea currently sit top of the table with 13 points from their five matches so far (W4 D1); their joint-best return at this stage alongside 13 points in 2017-18 and 2015 – the last two campaigns in which they went on to win the title.
  • No two players in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League so far this season have combined for more chances created for one another than Chelsea duo Beth England and Guro Reiten (7).
  • Manchester United’s Lauren James has completed more dribbles than any other player so far in Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season (16 – 70% of her 23 attempted).

Reading v Bristol City

  • Reading have won each of their previous five WSL matches against Bristol City, against no other side have they got a better 100% winning ratio in the competition.
  • Since they scored in a 1-3 defeat the first time they faced Reading in an WSL match, Bristol City haven’t scored in any of the last four meetings, whilst shipping 13 goals themselves against the Royals.
  • At home, Reading haven’t drawn any of their last seven matches in the WSL, losing five and winning two. However, they are looking for back-to-back wins on home soil for the first time since November 2018.
  • Bristol City are now winless in eight WSL matches (D2 L6), their worst such run in the competition since an 11-game streak between October 2014 and July 2015.
  • No player has had a direct hand in more of their teams Barclays FA Women’s Super League goals so far in 2019-20 than Reading’s Fara Williams, who has either scored (1) or assisted (3) each of her side’s four league goals so far.
  • Bristol City have dropped the most points from winning positions so far in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season (5).

Liverpool v Everton

  • This will be the 13th Merseyside derby in the Women’s Super League, with Liverpool slightly edging the previous 12 contests with five wins to Everton’s four (D3).
  • Everton have only managed to win one of their previous six WSL matches away from home against Liverpool (D2 L3), a 2-1 win back in August 2012 under manager Mo Marely.
  • Liverpool have lost four of their opening five Women’s Super League matches for the second time, having also done so in 2012 – a season in which they went on to finish bottom.
  • Everton have won three of their last five Women’s Super League matches (L2), as many victories as they recorded across their previous 22 matches in the competition (D3 L16).
  • Only Fara Williams (43.2%) has had a direct hand in more of her team’s total shots in Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches this season than Liverpool’s Melissa Lawley (40.4%), who has either taken (8) or created (11) 19 of her team’s 47 shots so far this season. Indeed, she is also the only Liverpool player to net in the competition so far.
  • Chloe Kelly has scored four of Everton’s last six goals in the WSL – indeed, she is already having her best ever goalscoring campaign in the competition (4), surpassing her previous best return of three goals in 2017-18.

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

  • This will be the first ever North London derby to be played in the Women’s Super League, and the first meeting between the sides in any competition since March 2017, when Arsenal beat Spurs 10-0 in what was an FA Cup encounter.
  • Tottenham have won one and lost one of their previous two London derbies in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season, falling to a 0-1 defeat to Chelsea on the opening weekend, before a 2-0 win at West Ham back in September.
  • Arsenal, who lost to Chelsea on their last away trip in the WSL, have never before suffered back-to-back defeats on the road in the competition – the only side to date to play in the competition and never suffer this fate (min. two seasons).
  • Spurs are yet to draw a Barclays FA Women’s Super League match so far this season, winning three and losing two of their five games so far. They are looking to win back-to-back games for the second time this season, following their 2-1 victory at Bristol City last time out.
  • Kit Graham, who netted both of Tottenham’s goals against Bristol City last time out, has created the most chances within the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season of all players yet to register a single assist (12).
  • Arsenal’s Danielle van de Donk boasts the highest shot conversion rate of all players to have taken at least five shots in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League so far this season, scoring with three of her seven shots in the competition (42.9%).

Courtesy of the FA

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