Source: The FA

Opta Stats – Barclays FA Women’s Super League – 19th January

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Birmingham City vs Manchester City

  • Manchester City have won their last three Barclays FA WSL matches against Birmingham, keeping clean sheets in the previous two.
  • Birmingham are looking to avoid losing three straight league matches for the second time this season, having lost each of their opening three games of the season.
  • Manchester City have alternated between a victory and a defeat in each of their last five Barclays FA Women’s Super League games away from home (W3 D2), beating Spurs in their last such match earlier this month (4-1).
  • Only bottom of the table Liverpool (2.4%) have a lower shot conversion rate than Birmingham in Barclays FA WSL matches this season, who have netted just five times from 117 shots this season (4.3%).
  • Man City forward Pauline Bremer has scored in each of her last four Barclays FA WSL matches (seven goals), including netting braces in three of those matches. Indeed, she has scored 2+ goals on four different occasions this season, more often than any other player.

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

  • Manchester United have won all three league meetings against Tottenham, winning 3-0 earlier in this campaign, 4-1 at home and 5-1 away in the FA Women’s Championship last season.
  • In the previous five instances of two newly-promoted sides facing each other, the away side have gone on to win on four occasions (L1).
  • Manchester United have won five and lost five of their 10 Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches; the longest run from a side’s first game in the competition without drawing.
  • Following their 2-1 victory over West Ham last time out, Tottenham are looking to win back-to-back league games for only the second time this season, also doing so back in September (v Liverpool and West Ham).
  • Lauren James has scored five goals in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season; more than any other teenager in the competition and the most of any Man Utd player.
  • Despite conceding in the 90th minute last week against West Ham, Spurs managed to grab a 96th minute winner thanks to Rianna Dean’s header (95:01). Indeed, only three goals in Barclays FA WSL history have come later on in matches – Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal v Chelsea – 95:26 – May 2017), Izzy Christiansen (Man City v Birmingham – 97:40 – Oct 2017) and Amalie Eikeland (Reading v Spurs – 99:20 – Dec 2019).

Arsenal vs Chelsea

  • Arsenal have lost more games against Chelsea than against any other club in FA WSL history (7). The Gunners have lost their last two against the Blues, only against Manchester City have they tasted defeat on three successive occasions (August 2015 – September 2016).
  • After losing on their first three visits to Arsenal in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Chelsea have remained unbeaten in the following five, winning four and drawing once.
  • Arsenal have won eight straight Barclays FA WSL matches since their 1-2 defeat to Chelsea back in October, scoring 27 times and conceding just twice in this run.
  • Chelsea remain unbeaten in their last 26 FA Women’s Super League games away from home (W17 D9) since 0-1 defeat at Man City way back in May 2017.
  • Only Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs and Vivianne Miedema (15) have created more chances for one another than Chelsea duo Beth England and Guro Reiten (14) in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in 2019-20.
  • Following her brace against Bristol City last time out, Ji So-Yun moved onto 34 FA WSL goals for Chelsea, making her the club’s outright top goal scorer in the competition, moving clear of Fran Kirby and Eni Aluko (32 each).

Everton vs Reading

  • This will be the sixth FA Women’s Super League encounter between Reading and Everton, with the side playing at home winning each of the fixtures.
  • Both Everton and Reading have scored in four of the previous five FA WSL matches between the sides, with the only clean sheet in this fixture coming in April 2018, when the Royals thrashed the Toffees 3-0.
  • Everton haven’t drawn any of their last 18 FA WSL matches, winning seven and losing 11 of those games. Only Arsenal (37) are on a longer current run in the competition without sharing the spoils.
  • Including their goal at Man City last time out, Everton have benefited from 60% of the five own goals in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season (3/5); only Arsenal in 2016/17 and Bristol City in 2013/14 have benefited from more own goals in a single campaign in the competition (4).
  • Fara Williams’ five goals and three assists have been worth seven points to Reading in the Barclays FA WSL this season, only Vivianne Miedema and Beth England have won more points via direct goal involvement for their side in the competition so far (eight points each).

Bristol City vs Liverpool

  • Following a four-game unbeaten start against Liverpool in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (W3 D1), Bristol City have lost eight of the last 12 meetings between the sides (W2 D2).
  • Liverpool have won more FA WSL matches against Bristol City (8) than they have versus any other side in the competition.
  • Ebony Salmon, Bristol City’s top goal scorer this season, has netted in her last two games. In fact, she is looking to become the third player for the Robins to net in three successive Barclays FA WSL games, after Jade Sayo (August 2015) and Natalia Pablos (June 2013).
  • Liverpool’s Melissa Lawley has played 99 games in the Women’s Super League – should she feature against Bristol City, at 25 years and 266 days old (on the day of the game), she will become the third youngest player to reach a century of games in the competition after Angharad James (24y 285d) and Nikita Parris (24y 337d).

West Ham United vs Brighton & Hove Albion

  • The away side has won each of the previous three matches between West Ham and Brighton in the FA WSL – the Hammers ran out 3-1 winners in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
  • Brighton beat West Ham 4-0 in this exact fixture last season; their largest margin of victory in a FA Women’s Super League encounter.
  • Kenza Dali has been directly involved in more league goals than any other West Ham player this season (4 – 2 goals, 2 assists) with each of those goal involvements coming across her last seven appearances.
  • Despite each of the last six goals they have conceded coming from open play, Brighton have conceded more goals from set-pieces in the Barclays FA WSL this season than any other side (eight).

Courtesy of the FA