This weekend sees the final FA Women’s Super League fixtures of 2019.
The three sides at the top of the table are currently separated by just three points with leaders Arsenal set to face the most difficult pre-Christmas fixture, a trip to Everton.
With the title race set to crank up a notch after the winter break, we take a look at what challenges await Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in what promises to be a hectic January schedule.
Arsenal start 2020 with fixtures against two of the sides who have struggled during the first half of the season. The Gunners will face Birmingham City at Meadow Park before they travel to Brighton & Hove Albion, a side who recently stunned the North Londoners in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.
‘Game of the Month’ sees Arsenal host title rivals Chelsea. Victory for The Gunners in that match could see Montemurro’s side put down a real marker in the battle to retain their league crown.
Of the three clubs competiting for the title, Chelsea look to have the most difficult January. They will begin the New Year with a tricky home fixture against Reading, a side who have caused them one or two problems in recent times.
The Blues should negotiate their way beyond a relegation-threatened Bristol City side at Kingsmeadow before that blockbuster fixture at Arsenal which could have a big say in the destination of the title.
Manchester City face a January packed full of banana skins as they look to close the gap on Arsenal and Chelsea at the top.
Nick Cushing’s side travel to a Tottenham Hotspur outfit who have surprised many this year for their first game of the New Year while Everton at home is not the easy fixture that it once was with The Blue Girls having massively improved this term.
Their final January fixture sees them travel to Birmingham City. The Blues have been battling it out at the bottom all season, however, Marta Tejedor’s side have been showing signs of improvement of late and should not be underestimated.
Following this weekend’s action, players and fans alike will have three weeks to charge their batteries before the FA Women’s Super League returns with a bang on the first weekend in January with a full fixture schedule.