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The WSL is again this weekend following final week’s break for the Continental Cup.

There are video games in huge stadiums, the return of huge title gamers and a few managerial reunions to maintain your eye on.

This is all the things to look out for on gameweek eight of the WSL.

Alessia Russo

Russo was on the scoresheet when United final performed at Previous Trafford / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Manchester United are on target to set a brand new membership attendance report after promoting 36,000 tickets and counting for this sport towards Aston Villa – the third time they’ll have performed at Previous Trafford.

The prevailing membership report is simply over 20,000, set on the win over Everton at Previous Trafford final season, however will probably be shattered if all these with tickets attend. It’s, nonetheless, not more likely to get close to the general WSL report in extra of 47,000 set by Arsenal earlier this season.

“We perceive our place by way of the expansion of the sport. We need to get to a stage the place we promote out Previous Trafford as a staff, no matter gender,” stated United boss Marc Skinner, who’s adamant that followers must be given an amazing sport to make them need to maintain going.

“When you don’t put a very good spectacle on, why would individuals need to come and watch it? That’s our accountability.”

Manchester United vs Aston Villa

When is kick off? Saturday 3 December, 12:30 (GMT)
The place is the match being performed? Previous Trafford
TV channel/reside stream? Sky Sports activities Essential Occasion/Soccer (UK),FA Participant, DAZN (Worldwide)
Referee? Louise Saunders

Leah Williamson

Leah Williamson is again in competition to return for Arsenal / Julian Finney/GettyImages

Arsenal noticed their record-breaking WSL profitable streak come to an finish final day trip towards Manchester United, however may set one other one towards Everton on Saturday.

The Gunners have gained 13 league matches in a row towards Everton – the joint-longest profitable run one staff has had towards one other within the competitors, with Manchester Metropolis additionally on a present run of 13 successive victories towards Everton. Win on Saturday and the report will probably be completely theirs.

Arsenal will probably be boosted by the returns of Leah Williamson and Rafaelle. The centre again pairing have each been sidelined for 2 months, however Jonas Eidevall has confirmed they’re match to return to the match day squad.

Arsenal vs Everton

When is kick off? Saturday 3 December, 14:00 (GMT)
The place is the match being performed? Meadow Park
TV channel/reside stream? FA Participant (UK & worldwide)
Referee? Sunny Gill

Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr

Chelsea at present high the WSL / Lewis Storey/GettyImages

It is first towards final on the King Energy Stadium on Saturday as table-topping Chelsea journey to win-less and point-less Leicester.

The Blues ran out emphatic 9-0 winners the final time these two met, netting 4 objectives within the opening 11 minutes alone in an electrical efficiency. Six totally different gamers have been on the scoresheet.

“You must be close to excellent to take factors off Chelsea and that is what we intention to be,” stated new Leicester boss Willie Kirk. “It is a problem for each membership within the league to close them out as a result of they’ve so many various methods of scoring.

“If they cannot undergo you, they go over you, if they cannot play over you they go round you and so they all the time discover away and that is why they’re one of the best staff within the nation.”

Leicester vs Chelsea

When is kick off? Saturday 3 December, 15:00 (GMT)
The place is the match being performed? King Energy Stadium
TV channel/reside stream? FA Participant (UK, worldwide)
Referee? Amy Fearn

Natasha Dowie

Studying netted late on towards Liverpool final day trip / Warren Little/GettyImages

Studying have been the queens of late objectives this season – they netted an 89th minute equaliser towards Liverpool final day trip within the WSL, having hit two dramatic late objectives to earn a final gasp win over relegation rivals Leicester two video games beforehand.

In truth, 55% of the Royals’ WSL objectives this season have come after the 80 minute mark, and so they have scored simply as soon as within the first half all season.

“I feel that is one factor the women have confirmed: they by no means quit,” stated Studying supervisor Kelly Chambers. “They have that by no means quit struggle about them and so they’ll go to the tip.”

Studying vs Tottenham

When is kick off? Sunday 4 December, 12:30 (GMT)
The place is the match being performed? Madjeski Stadium
TV channel/reside stream? BBC Crimson Button/BBC Sport Web site/BBC iPlayer (UK), FA Participant (Worldwide)
Referee? Carl Brook

Khadija Shaw

Shaw is at present the WSL’s high scorer / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/GettyImages

Brighton have been something however aim shy since Amy Merricks took interim cost, scoring eight and conceding seven in simply two WSL outings.

The Seagulls are and not using a clear sheet this time period, and have suffered heavy 7-1, 6-0 and 7-2 defeats to Manchester Metropolis of their final three conferences. Metropolis additionally boast the WSL’s high scorer, Bunny Shaw, who has averaged a aim each 73 minutes this time period.

“I feel what the information reveals you might be that the truth that they’re scoring extra objectives doubtlessly leaves them a bit weak on the again. That is usually the straightforward reply,” stated Gareth Taylor. “You all the time get this stuff which might be thrown up at instances; first two video games of the season we conceded too many objectives, since then we have solely conceded two objectives.”

Manchester Metropolis vs Brighton

When is kick off? Sunday 4 December, 14:00 (GMT)
The place is the match being performed? Academy Stadium
TV channel/reside stream? FA Participant (UK, Worldwide)
Referee? Cheryl Foster

Matt Beard

Beard was beforehand in command of West Ham / George Wooden/GettyImages

It is reunions all spherical at Prenton Park on Sunday. Matt Beard faces a West Ham aspect he spent almost two and a half years in command of, whereas within the reverse dugout will probably be former Liverpool participant Paul Konchesky, who spent a 12 months with the Reds as a participant between 2010 and 2011.

Beard took cost of West Ham in June 2018 forward of the membership’s debut season within the WSL and guided the Hammers to the 2019 FA Cup last.

“Paul Konchesky has executed an amazing job as supervisor at West Ham,” Beard stated forward of the fixture.

“I do know he was the assistant there final season but it surely’s totally different whenever you turn out to be a supervisor, and I feel he has a very good, energetic and athletic staff there and it’s not going to be simple by any stretch of the creativeness.”

Liverpool vs West Ham

When is kick off? Sunday 4 December, 14:00 (GMT)
The place is the match being performed? Prenton Park
TV channel/reside stream? FA Participant (UK, Worldwide)
Referee? Neil Hair

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