Source: Gino D'Andrea

Continental Cup results and this weekend’s WSL preview

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Some big scores in this week’s Continental Cup fixtures which highlight the gulf between the leagues:

21 November 2019

Blackburn Rovers 0 – 6 Liverpool

Arsenal 7 – 0 Bristol City

Manchester United 11 – 1 Leicester City WFC

Reading 6 – 0 Crystal Palace

Everton 1 – 4 Manchester City

Coventry United 2 – 2 Aston Villa

20 November 2019

London Bees 0 – 5 Brighton & Hove Albion

Charlton Athletic 1 – 0 London City Lionesses

West Ham United 3 – 1 Lewes

Chelsea 5 – 1 Tottenham Hotspur

A look ahead to this weekend’s WSL fixtures:

Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion

  • This will be the first Women’s Super League meeting between Man Utd and Brighton – their previous competitive encounter came in February 2019, the Red Devils winning 2-0 in the Women’s FA Cup.
  • Brighton have failed to score in their last two WSL trips to the North West, however, one of their two wins on the road in the competition came against Liverpool in January 2019.
  • Manchester United are just the second promoted side in Women’s Super League history to win successive home games after Sunderland in 2015 who won four in a row.
  • Brighton won 3-0 against Birmingham on MD6; the Seagulls are looking to win successive WSL games for the first time.
  • Manchester United have scored two of the three latest goals in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season (Katie Zelem v Liverpool, 94:15 and Jane Ross v Tottenham, 91:34); indeed, no side have scored more 90th minute goals than the Red Devils (2, also Chelsea).
  • During their 3-0 win versus Birmingham last time out, Kayleigh Green netted her first WSL brace. Indeed, she netted as many goals in the first 70 minutes in her last appearance as she did in her previous 36 matches in the competition combined.

Bristol City v Manchester City

  • Since winning both fixtures against Manchester City in the 2014 Women’s Super League season, Bristol City are winless in the following seven encounters (D2 L5).
  • Manchester City have scored 25 goals in their previous seven Women’s Super League contests with Bristol City (AVG 3.6 goals per game), even though they failed to score in their first two encounters in the 2014 campaign.
  • Manchester City have won nine of their last 11 Women’s Super League games (L2), although they lost on their last away trip at Arsenal. Indeed, they’ve only lost successive games on the road on two previous occasions in the WSL.
  • Should Jill Scott feature for Manchester City in this match, she will make her 133rd Women’s Super League appearance, overtaking Kerys Harrop (132) to set the record for the most apps by a single player in the competition’s history.
  • Bristol City’s Ebony Salmon has had a direct hand in three goals in her last three league appearances in the Women’s Super League (two goals, one assist) – both scoring and assisting during her side’s 3-3 draw with Reading last time out.

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur

  • This will be the first meeting in any competition between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Everton have won two of their four Women’s Super League matches against newly-promoted sides (L2), scoring in every encounter (seven goals).
  • Everton have won their last two Barclays FA Women’s Super League games; the Toffees haven’t won three successive contests in the competition since August 2011, winning five in a row under Mo Marley.
  • Tottenham have won successive Women’s Super League matches on the road, only once have a newly-promoted side won three in a row away from home (Bristol City in 2018).
  • Last time out, Lucy Graham become just the second Everton player to score a winning goal in a WSL match at Liverpool after Natasha Dowie scored a 90th minute winner back in August 2012.
  • Tottenham have picked up more yellow cards than any other side in the WSL so far this season (11) – the only side to receive 10+. Indeed, no player has been brandished more in the competition in 2018-19 than Spurs’ Rachel Furness (3).

Arsenal v Liverpool

  • Arsenal have won 12 Women’s Super League matches against Liverpool; the most victories one side has over another in the competition’s history (also Chelsea v Liverpool).
  • Arsenal have won four consecutive Women’s Super League games versus Liverpool, netting a total of 16 goals and conceding just one.
  • Arsenal have won seven successive WSL home games, a win against Liverpool will see them equal the all-time record for most consecutive home victories in the competition (Arsenal between July 2011-June 2012, Arsenal between April 2018-November 2018 and Man City between July 2015-May 2016).
  • Liverpool have picked up just one point from their opening seven Barclays FA Women’s Super League (D1 L5) – the Reds worst ever start to a campaign in the competition.
  • Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema has either scored or assisted in her last four Women’s Super League appearances, scoring three and assisting three in total.

Birmingham City v Chelsea

  • After a nine-game winless run against Chelsea in the WSL (D2 L7), Birmingham won their most recent meeting with the Blues in January 2019 – they haven’t won two in a row since May 2014.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last five Women’s Super League trips to Birmingham City (W4 D1), keeping a clean sheet in every game on this run.
  • Birmingham City have lost four of their five Women’s Super League games this season (W1), although that one victory did come in their last home match, a 2-0 win versus Liverpool.
  • Since losing to opponents Birmingham City in January, Chelsea have remained unbeaten in their following 12 Women’s Super League games (W9 D3), scoring 36 goals and conceding just eight.
  • Only Fara Williams (4) has registered more Women’s Super League assists this season than Chelsea’s Fran Kirby (3). Indeed, her three assists this season have come in just four appearances and 195 minutes of action.

West Ham United v Reading

  • West Ham are unbeaten in their two Women’s Super League encounters against Reading (W1 D1), winning 2-1 away and drawing 0-0 at home.
  • Reading have never won against a London side in the Women’s Super League (D4 L12). Indeed, the Royals have also failed to score in their last three trips to the capital in the competition.
  • West Ham have lost nine of their last 11 Women’s Super League games at home (W2), with their only clean sheets in this run coming in those victories.
  • Reading have conceded 2+ goals in six of their last seven Women’s Super League matches (W2 D1 L4), even though they’ve conceded 15 goals, they have managed to net 11 in return.
  • Adriana Leon has netted each of West Ham’s two goals at home in the WSL this season; indeed, only Chloe Kelly (3) has score more goals on home soil in the competition so far this season.
  • Reading have scored five goals from set-pieces situations in the Women’s Super League this season; the most of any side in the competition. In fact, all four of Fara William’s assists have come from set-piece deliveries.