Brighton & Hove Albion face tough test when they host free-scoring Arsenal on Sunday in the FA Women’s Super League
Hope Powell’s side come into this weekend’s fixture off the back of an important win over fellow strugglers Liverpool last Sunday. The 1-0 victory saw The Seagulls move six points clear of Liverpool, into ninth in the FA Women’s Super League table. However, they come up against an Arsenal side that are flying high at the top of the league, three points ahead of second placed side Manchester City. Arsenal won 2-0 last time out against Birmingham City after two first half goals from Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs.
Brighton & Hove Albion
The Albion host Arsenal on Sunday hoping to cause an upset against Joe Montemurro’s side. However, they will be buoyed by the victory last time out. Hope Powell will be pleased with her side’s first clean sheet in five games, in all completions. In contrast, Brighton & Hove Albion have struggled in front of goal this season with only eight goals in 11 league games, however, with two goals in her last four games, forward Aileen Whelen will be looking to continue her form against a tough Gunners defence.
‘How do we stop Vivianne Miedema?’ This question has been asked by every FA Women’s Super League manager this season. The Dutch striker leads the league’s key statistics by some distance in terms of goals scored and assists. She has netted 14 times this season and has eight assists in a Arsenal side that have scored 31 goals in just 11 games. When you add into the equation the form of captain Kim Little, you have a side that look tough to beat. The Scotland midfielder has scored five goals and has provided two assists this season. Defensively, Arsenal have only conceded five league goals this season and have kept seven clean sheets.
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The former England and Arsenal youth team midfielder has featured in every league game so far this season. Bowman has become a crucial member of Brighton & Hove Albion’s midfield since joining the club back in 2017, from Notts County. In 2017/2018, Bowman won the clubs Women’s Player of the Year award. Bowman will have a crucial role to play in the game against Arsenal when she is up against the likes of Little and Miedema.
Last time out
Brighton & Hove Albion (v Liverpool) Walsh, Barton, Kerkdijk, Le Tissier, Gibbons, A. Whelan, Bowman, Simpkins, Natkiel (Umotong), Green, Le Garrec (Connolly).
Arsenal (v Birmingham City) Peyraud-Magnin, Maier, Williamson, Schnaderbeck, McCabe, Little, Wälti, Evans, Nobbs, van de Donk, Miedema.