The WSL is again this weekend following a three-week worldwide and Continental Cup break.
Three groups wish to keep their good begins to the season, and three are trying to get their first factors on the board.
Here’s every part to look out for throughout gameweek three of the WSL.
Aston Villa have gained two from two this time period, however supervisor Carla Ward has branded Saturday’s conflict with West Ham ‘the most important recreation of the season to this point’.
Having shocked a brand new look Manchester City and edged previous relegation candidates Leicester, the go to of a really equally matched Hammers aspect could supply the truest take a look at of the place the Villans might find yourself this season.
Having recorded their finest ever WSL end of sixth final time period, West Ham are a staff that Villa can hope to emulate this 12 months. The two groups will probably be battling it out for a spot in and across the prime six this season, and Saturday’s encounter might supply an perception into who will end larger.
Aston Villa vs West Ham
Alessia Russo will miss Manchester United’s conflict with former membership Brighton as a result of cautious administration of her health – she was additionally dominated out of England’s video games towards the United States and Czech Republic throughout the worldwide break.
The 23-year-old has been an important participant for United ever since she made the ‘quantity 9’ function her personal within the early weeks of final season and her absence might be a blow.
But the take a look at towards Brighton is whether or not United can cope with out her. Marc Skinner will hope the reply is sure, having particularly gone after attacking gamers throughout the summer season to spice up squad depth. Chances are, Russo might be changed by a world participant – Nikita Parris, Adriana Leon or Martha Thomas – who ought to nonetheless be ok to make the required affect.
Man Utd vs Brighton
Chelsea’s conflict with Everton on Sunday might be their first with out Emma Hayes following her announcement that she can be taking a break from soccer to get better from an emergency hysterectomy.
Hayes has been instrumental to Chelsea’s latest dominance of English soccer, however acknowledged that the membership’s multidisciplinary method would allow them to manage in her absence. Assistant boss Denise Reddy and common supervisor Paul Green will deal with on-field choices.
“It’s enterprise as regular for us, it simply means our chief will not be there which is a blow, however the employees and the gamers are skilled sufficient to get by way of the state of affairs,” stated Green. “We’ve acquired Magda [Eriksson], Millie [Bright] – the 2 captains – together with a whole lot of different senior gamers who I’m certain might be ensuring the gamers keep their requirements and look to get the outcomes by way of this era for Emma.”
Everton vs Chelsea
Tottenham and Liverpool each opened their 2022/23 WSL seasons with a win, however Brisbane Road will not be the place to go for objectives galore this weekend if the stats are something to go by.
No aspect has had fewer pictures on the right track within the WSL than Liverpool this time period. The Reds have registered simply three pictures on the right track in two video games – with two of those three being Katie Stengel’s pair of penalties towards Chelsea.
Tottenham in the meantime are the one WSL aspect with an anticipated objectives complete of fewer than one this season. Both of Spurs’ objectives this time period have come from exterior the field, and so they boast an xG of simply 0.4.
Tottenham vs Liverpool
There are simply three WSL sides and not using a league win up to now this season – and two of them go head-to-head on the Academy Stadium on Sunday as Manchester City host Leicester.
City have by no means misplaced their opening three matches in a WSL season, whereas Leicester are in a torrid run of type, taking only one level from their final 10.
“We’re not right here to get rolled over, we’ll put up a combat to get one thing from it,” stated Lydia Bedford. “We’ll by no means underestimate them, they’re a prime staff with prime gamers, but it surely’s 11 vs 11 and our gamers might be prepared.”
Manchester City vs Leicester
Arsenal are set to be with out first alternative centre again pairing Rafaelle and Leah Williamson for a number of weeks as a result of damage – information that despatched considerations of historical past repeating itself to Arsenal supporters.
The Gunners stuttered in direction of the latter phases of 2021 when Williamson was sidelined with a hamstring damage, and a depleted Arsenal aspect had been crushed by winless Birmingham in January – a outcome that might finally price them the WSL title final season.
“We have some staff values that it is actually vital for us to stay; we wish to be 100%, we wish to be fearless in our method and we wish to put the staff first. None of that modifications if we get one, two, three, 4 accidents or have unavailable gamers,” stated Jonas Eidevall.
“Then it is about at all times discovering methods the place we will play one of the best as a staff. And which may change on the personnel that we’ve obtainable. I discovered one thing from that interval final 12 months: after we are taking part in with totally different gamers, we would must tweak a few of our priorities to play to those gamers’ strengths.”
Reading vs Arsenal