The WSL is again this weekend following a three-week worldwide and Continental Cup break.
Three groups wish to preserve their excellent begins to the season, and three are trying to get their first factors on the board.
This is the whole lot to look out for throughout gameweek three of the WSL.
Aston Villa have received two from two this time period, however supervisor Carla Ward has branded Saturday’s conflict with West Ham ‘the most important sport of the season to date’.
Having surprised a brand new look Manchester Metropolis and edged previous relegation candidates Leicester, the go to of a really equally matched Hammers facet could supply the truest take a look at of the place the Villans may find yourself this season.
Having recorded their greatest ever WSL end of sixth final time period, West Ham are a group that Villa can hope to emulate this 12 months. The 2 groups will possible be battling it out for a spot in and across the prime six this season, and Saturday’s encounter may 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 because of cautious administration of her health – she was additionally dominated out of England’s video games towards the US 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 will probably be a blow.
However the take a look at towards Brighton is whether or not United can cope in her absence. Marc Skinner will hope the reply is sure, having particularly gone after attacking gamers throughout the summer time to spice up squad depth. Likelihood is, Russo will probably be changed by a global participant – Nikita Parris, Adriana Leon or Martha Thomas – who ought to nonetheless be ok to make the required impression.
Man Utd vs Brighton
Chelsea‘s conflict with Everton on Sunday will probably be their first with out Emma Hayes following her announcement that she could 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 strategy would allow them to manage in her absence. Assistant boss Denise Reddy and common supervisor Paul Inexperienced will care for on-field choices.
“It is enterprise as traditional 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 Inexperienced. “We have Magda [Eriksson], Millie [Bright] – the 2 captains – together with loads of different senior gamers who I am certain will probably be ensuring the gamers preserve 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 Highway will not be the place to go for objectives galore this weekend if the stats are something to go by.
No facet has had fewer photographs on course within the WSL than Liverpool this time period. The Reds have registered simply three photographs on course 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 facet with an anticipated objectives complete of fewer than one this season. Each of Spurs’ objectives this time period have come from outdoors the field, they usually boast an xG of simply 0.4.
Tottenham vs Liverpool
There are simply three WSL sides with no league win so far this season – and two of them go head-to-head on the Academy Stadium on Sunday as Manchester Metropolis host Leicester.
Metropolis 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 group with prime gamers, but it surely’s 11 vs 11 and our gamers will probably be prepared.”
Manchester Metropolis vs Leicester
Arsenal are set to be with out first selection centre again pairing Rafaelle and Leah Williamson for a number of weeks because of harm – information that despatched considerations of historical past repeating itself to Arsenal supporters.
The Gunners stuttered in direction of the latter levels of 2021 when Williamson was sidelined with a hamstring harm, and a depleted Arsenal facet had been crushed by winless Birmingham in January – a outcome that will in the end value them the WSL title final season.
“We’ve some group values that it is actually essential for us to dwell; we wish to be 100%, we wish to be fearless in our strategy and we wish to put the group 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 the perfect as a group. And that may change on the personnel that we’ve got accessible. I discovered one thing from that interval final 12 months: after we are taking part in with completely different gamers, we would must tweak a few of our priorities to play to those gamers’ strengths.”
Studying vs Arsenal