Fans before kick off. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

FA Women’s Super League weekend preview

With the FA Women’s Super League title wrapped up, UEFA Women’s Champions League places decided and relegation determined, all of the clubs will be coming into the last day of the season looking to end the campaign on a winning note.

This being said, the final day offers up many interesting match ups with champions Arsenal hosting
runners-up Manchester City, a Merseyside derby with Everton making the short trip to Liverpool and Chelsea facing a tough trip to fifth placed Reading amongst some of the highlights.

Arsenal v Manchester City

Arsenal will be looking to cap-off an excellent season in the FA Women’s Super League with victory over Nick Cushing’s Manchester City side, a game that could have been a title decider.

Manchester City will be looking to complete the league double over the champions and finish the season unbeaten.

Nikita Parris could still overtake Vivianne Miedema at the top of the goalscoring charts, although she would have to score four goals against a defence that has only conceded 13 goals all season, a challenge which is near-impossible even for a player with her world-class attacking talent.

Last time the sides met:

Two goals from Georgia Stanway in December helped Manchester City to a 2-0 win over Arsenal.

Liverpool v Everton

The Merseyside derby is always a game which the players look for first when the fixtures are
announced and one where form book goes out of the window.

Both teams come into the derby with only one win their last five games and will be looking to end the season on a high and take the bragging rights. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk will be looking to round-off an impressive individual season by adding to her nine league goals. Everton will be hoping to complete the league double over rivals Liverpool and pick up three points which could see them finish in ninth place.

Last time the sides met:

Simone Magill scored the winner back in December in 2-1 victory.

Reading v Chelsea

With Reading captain Kirsty Pearce announcing that she will be retiring at the end of the season, The Royals will be hoping to give her a winning send off with a victory over Chelsea.

Chelsea come into this game with confidence having beaten Yeovil Town 8-0 in midweek. Reading have also been in form with Kelly Chambers’ side having won three of their last four games.

Both Beth England and Fara Williams will be looking to add to their tally of goals with England scoring 11 and Williams having scored 10 in the league.

Last time the sides met:

Ji So-Yun scored the only goal in a closely fought game that saw Chelsea beat Reading 1-0.

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion

It will be an emotional day for Claire Rafferty who announced her retirement on Friday. She will be
looking to help her West Ham United side finish off an excellent season with victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

The SSE Women’s FA Cup finalists sit seventh knowing that picking up three points against The Seagulls could see them climb one place up to sixth.

Brighton & Hove Albion will be happy with their first season in the top flight with the club having grown into the division, picking up impressive victories away at Liverpool and at home to Birmingham City.

Last time the sides met:

Jane Ross scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for Reading in Crawley back in December.

Yeovil Town v Birmingham City

Yeovil Town will want to put a difficult season behind them and try and give their fans something to cheer about when they host Birmingham City.

In contrast, the visitors will be looking to end an impressive campaign which sees them sitting in fourth place and knowing that if Chelsea slip up against Reading they could even move into third.

Ellen White has scored six goals in her last six games which has seen her included in Phil Neville’s FIFA Women’s World Cup squad and the player will be keen to continue that goalscoring form in Dorchester.

Last time the sides met:

Goals from Lucy Staniforth and Charlie Wellings saw Birmingham City beat Yeovil Town 2-1 at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.

By Jamie Farrin (@jamiefarrin)

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