Manchester United Women celebrate being crowned champions after the game Manchester United Women v Lewes Women, Women's Championship football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 11 May 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

FAWSL fixture computer throws up opening day Manchester derby blockbuster

FA Women’s Championship title-winners Manchester United will face a trip to city rivals Manchester City on the opening day of the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Super League season after the first round of fixtures were released this morning.

The blockbuster clash is expected to attract a huge audience with fans of both clubs set to pack out The Academy Stadium while the match could be selected for live television coverage as the headline fixture of opening weekend.

The remainder of the FA Women’s Super League opening weekend fixture schedule sees reigning champions Arsenal host fellow Londoners West Ham United at Meadow Park while another derby sees newly-promoted Tottenham Hotspur travel to Kingsmeadow to take on Chelsea. Two improving sides from last season go head-to-head at the Stoke Gifford Stadium as Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion meet while what is expected to be a new look Birmingham City side will host Everton and Reading will travel to Liverpool.

In the FA Women’s Championship, promotion-chasing Durham have been handed a potentially tricky tie at Leicester City, a side who collected four points from them last season. Two of the sides which improved hugely throughout last term meet in Boldmere as Gemma Davies’ Aston Villa side face Carla Ward’s Sheffield United. London City Lionesses’ first challenge is a derby at London Bees while the two promoted clubs, Blackburn Rovers and Coventry United will endure long journeys to Lewes and Crystal Palace respectively.

The remainder of the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship fixtures will be announced on Wednesday 10 July.

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