This weekend would have seen the remaining eight teams go into action in the Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals.
There would have been a North London derby with Arsenal taking on Tottenham Hotspur while Everton were scheduled to host Chelsea. Women’s FA Cup holders Manchester City were drawn to travel to Leicester City while Brighton & Hove Albion were set to take on Birmingham City.
All four ties have now been suspended due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and could be scheduled at a later date. In the absence of Women’s FA Cup football this weekend, we have predicted how we think the games would have finished.
Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1
This would have been the tightest North London derby yet with Arsenal missing at least five key players though injury, those being Lia Walti, Kim Little, Danielle van de Donk, Beth Mead and Caitlin Foord. Manager Joe Montemurro was also set to miss the match after attending to family matters back in Australia. We think that these factors may have evened the game up a little with Spurs running The Gunners close. Our prediction is that the game would have finished 2-1 in Arsenal’s favour.
Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Birmingham City 0 (Birmingham City win on penalties)
Birmingham City would have been managed by interim boss Charles Baxter for the first time since Marta Tejedor’s exit and we think that may have contributed to the Blues performing well against Brighton & Hove Albion. Defending has never really been the problem for Birmingham City. We think that they could have hung on for a goalless draw at The People’s Pension Stadium with Baxter’s side winning the tie on penalties.
Everton 1 Chelsea 3
Everton have been hugely improved in the FA Women’s Super League this season but they are yet to master the art of beating the division’s ‘top three’. With Chelsea in such excellent form, it is hard to see the home side having come out on top in this one. Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side have got their taste for silverware back after lifting the FA Women’s Continental League Cup last month and we have predicted that they would have too much for an Everton side who have already lost four fixtures out of four against the ‘top three’ this season.
Leicester City 0 Manchester City 4
Manchester City are the Women’s FA Cup holders for a reason and would have been stern opposition for Leicester City. Alan Mahon’s side have already disposed of a lower division side this season, defeating Ipswich Town 10-0 and we expect that they would have been too good for Leicester City here. With the FA Women’s Super League side being so strong at both ends of the pitch, we think that a 4-0 victory would have been a possible outcome.
Details on the potential continuation of this season’s Women’s FA Cup are expected to be announced at a later date.