Chelsea begin their Barclays FA Girls’s Tremendous League title defence towards a new-look Arsenal aspect in a heavyweight London derby stay on Sky Sports activities on Sunday.
Emma Hayes’ formidable Blues claimed their third WSL title in 4 seasons in 2020/21, this time topped outright after pipping Manchester Metropolis the earlier time period on a points-per-game tally when the pandemic struck.
“To win the league outright silences anybody from the points-per-game from final season,” Hayes stated on the time, her aspect shedding simply as soon as en path to WSL glory.
“That is the very best squad and the very best title in my time right here, due to the threats and the opposition. I at all times felt we had been main the league, and that reveals our dominance.”
Now they have to go once more; shake off the one blot on their marketing campaign – a complete defeat to Barcelona within the Champions League remaining – and stand up to recent challenges from rivals out to shut the hole.
Arsenal will hope to push Chelsea a lot nearer this time, having completed third in 2020/21, and are beneath the brand new stewardship of Jonas Eidevall after the departure of Joe Montemurro.
A summer time of change additionally noticed stalwart midfielder Danielle van de Donk go away for Lyon however England striker Nikita Parris moved within the different path and Japan worldwide Mana Iwabuchi additional boosts an ominous ahead line. On the eve of the brand new season, World Cup winner Tobin Heath has added extra firepower.
In actual fact, an enchanting battle of two potent assaults awaits.
Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema is the highest-scoring participant in Girls’s Tremendous League historical past with 60 objectives in 67 video games. Since making her debut within the competitors in September 2017, she has been instantly concerned in 28 extra objectives than some other participant.
However Chelsea duo Sam Kerr (28) and Fran Kirby (27) ranked first and second for aim involvements final season. Kerr scored 21 instances, whereas offering seven assists, and Kirby netted 16 instances whereas offering 11 assists. Which defence will preserve the opposition quietest?
Parris and Iwabuchi are in line to make their Arsenal debuts, with free switch Heath additionally hoping to be concerned.
Lauren James might end up for Chelsea for the primary time, having arrived from Manchester United.
Defender Aniek Nouwen might additionally make her Blues bow after sealing a change from PSV.
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- After successful every of the primary six Girls’s Tremendous League matches between these two sides, Arsenal have gained solely two of the next 15 (D4 L9), together with not one of the final 5 (D1 L4).
- Arsenal completed their 2020/21 WSL marketing campaign with eight wins and one draw from their remaining 9 matches, scoring 23 instances whereas conceding solely as soon as – their final defeat was towards Chelsea in February.
- Chelsea have misplaced simply one in all their final 43 Girls’s Tremendous League matches (W34 D8) and are unbeaten throughout their final 39 away video games within the competitors (W26 D13), an ongoing document within the WSL.
- That is Arsenal’s thirtieth WSL London derby match (W16 D4 L9) – all 9 of their earlier defeats in London derbies have come towards Chelsea, successful all eight video games towards the opposite London groups they’ve confronted within the WSL – Spurs and West Ham.
- The reigning champions have not misplaced on MD1 of the WSL season since March 2015, when former Wimbledon striker Carlton Fairweather led Sunderland to a 2-1 away win towards Liverpool.
- Arsenal have gained 5 of their 12 WSL matches towards the reigning champions (D2 L5), with two of these coming towards Chelsea. No aspect in WSL historical past has gained extra video games towards the reigning champion (Man Metropolis additionally gained 5).
- Chelsea are unbeaten of their final 14 WSL London derbies (W12 D2) and have gained extra London derbies than some other aspect in WSL historical past (17).
- Arsenal’s Caitlin Foord amassed 7.26 value of xG (anticipated objectives) from simply 33 photographs within the WSL final season, together with her xG per shot (0.22) the very best within the division of all gamers with not less than 20 efforts at aim, regardless of not taking a single penalty.
The Barclays FA Girls’s Tremendous League has a brand new residence this season on Sky Sports activities with as much as 35 video games proven completely stay. The deal covers the subsequent three seasons and has seen the WSL added to Sky Sports activities’ flagship choices.
The present Sky Sports activities Barclays FA WSL presenter line-up is led by presenter Caroline Barker and contains professional pundit Karen Carney and reporter Lynsey Hooper with commentators Jacqui Oatley and Seb Hutchinson. Jessica Creighton may also be the host of the model new Contained in the WSL present attributable to premiere on September 9.
From world-class stars like Lucy Bronze and Vivianne Miedema, to the infinite rivalry of the ‘huge three’ – Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis – there are plenty of reasons to be excited for the 2021-22 season on Sky Sports. Here is what’s in retailer:
Sky Sports activities – All 35 video games will probably be accessible throughout Sky Sports activities’ flagship channels, together with Sky Sports activities Premier League, Sky Sports activities Soccer and Sky Sports activities Essential Occasion.
Sky Sports activities Information – Working 24 hours a day, seven days every week Barclays FA WSL followers can get pleasure from Sky Sports activities Information (channel 409) rolling editorial protection of the league and its storylines all through the season.
Contained in the WSL – Hosted by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jessica Creighton, Contained in the WSL is a complete round-up of all issues Barclays FA Girls’s Tremendous League and ladies’s soccer. Airing weekly from Thursday, September 9 on Sky Sports activities Premier League, the half an hour present will evaluate and preview matches, embody in-depth evaluation and unique participant interviews. Viewers can anticipate gripping behind-the-scenes entry in addition to a abstract of all of the motion each on and off the pitch.
Sky Sports activities Social – Alongside protection and visibility for the league throughout all Sky Sports activities’ principal social media channels, a brand new bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL would be the residence of all Barclays FA WSL content material on Sky Sports activities.
Sky Showcase – All Sky clients will profit from with the ability to watch the opening weekend fixtures on Sky Showcase (channel 106) with out a Sky Sports activities subscription. This newly branded channel is designed to curate among the high reveals, movies and sports activities from throughout Sky’s channels and can spotlight Sky Sports activities’ protection of Manchester United vs Studying on Friday, September 3 at 7pm, adopted by Arsenal vs Chelsea on Sunday, September 5 at 11.30am for the opening weekend.