West Ham and Manchester United go face to face within the WSL this weekend, with each groups marking the delayed begin of the 2022/23 season with a win every week in the past.
The Hammers loved a slim victory over Everton to set their stall out for the marketing campaign, whereas United blew Studying away in entrance of a file crowd at Leigh Sports activities Village.
These sides have differing ambitions this season, with West Ham seeking to set up themselves as a high half membership and United decided to interrupt into the highest three and qualify for the Champions League. However every will see this as an vital sport to make one other assertion of their intent.
When is kick off? Sunday 25 September, 15:00 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Chigwell Building Stadium
TV channel/reside stream? FA Participant (UK & worldwide)
Referee? Emily Heaslip
Hammers boss Paul Konchesky has no new damage considerations forward of this one, with long-term absentee Emma Snerle the one confirmed miss right here. He might title an unchanged workforce from final weekend’s victory over Everton.
Full-back Kirsty Smith is ready for an early reunion along with her former membership after leaving Manchester when her United contract expired in the summertime.
Summer season signing Grace Clinton has change into a doubt for United after selecting up a chilly through the week and lacking a few days of coaching. Rachel Williams stays sidelined for an additional two or three weeks due to a pre-season knock to her knee however has began coaching on grass.
Aoife Mannion (ACL) stays a long-term absentee for United. She continues to get well and, all being effectively, could possibly be again enjoying come January.
Summer season signing Aissatou Tounkara is pushing for a begin however should displace both Maya Le Tissier, who loved a shocking two-goal debut final weekend, or Millie Turner.
West Ham (4-3-3): Arnold; Shimizu, Parker, Cissoko, Smith; Ziu, Longhurst, Brynjarsdottir; Asseyi, Hayashi, Evans
Man Utd (4-3-3): Earps; Batlle, Le Tissier, Turner, Blundell; Zelem, Ladd, Toone; Garcia, Russo, Galton
West Ham have precipitated issues for Manchester United prior to now, notably inflicting a shock 3-2 defeat on Casey Stoney’s Crimson Devils in 2019 and holding Marc Skinner’s workforce to a 1-1 draw that proved extraordinarily pricey to their Champions League hopes simply six months in the past.
That being stated, the Hammers additionally have not crushed Sunday’s guests since that 2019 sport. This specific fixture additionally has a observe file of targets – 13 in whole throughout three WSL conferences in east London and it’s unimaginable to disregard what United did to Studying within the first half every week in the past. Additionally it is price noting that United cruised to a 3-0 win over the Hammers at Leigh in Could.
West Ham have strengthened over summer time and can pose a more durable take a look at than they did. They may get on the scoresheet themselves, however a United win general appears the extra doubtless final result.
Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Man Utd