A view inside The Amex Stadium ahead of the Lionesses' fixture against New Zealand. Image taken by FAWSL Full-Time

PREVIEW: Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League are back with yet another classic encounter this afternoon, this time its Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2019 FA Women’s Super League fixture against Arsenal at The Amex Stadium.

There was great significance on The Gunners’ trip to the south coast with Joe Montemurro’s side poised to end their long wait for a league title with victory over The Seagulls.

We go back 12 months as we preview Brighton & Hove Albion’s final home game of the 2018/2019 season against Arsenal.

Brighton & Hove Albion had enjoyed a solid first campaign in the FA Women’s Super League which saw them occupy ninth place in the table while they were already assured of a second season in the top flight ahead of their meeting with the league leaders.

Hope Powell’s side had won just once in the league since the beginning 2019, that victory coming in their previous home game against Birmingham City. Brighton & Hove Albion were to go into their latest fixture against Arsenal on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Reading.

The visitors’ title charge was in full swing with Montemurro’s side making the short trip to Sussex on the back of six consecutive victories. Their only away defeat had come at title rivals Manchester City almost five months earlier.

In the reverse fixture, it was Arsenal who came out on top despite Brighton & Hove Albion causing something of a scare for Montemurro’s side early on at Meadow Park. Ini Umotong had given The Seagulls the lead before the home side roared to victory thanks to goals from Vivianne Miedema, Dominique Bloodworth, Danielle van de Donk and Beth Mead.

This afternoon’s re-run will kick-off at 3pm and is being screened on The FA Player and on the official Barclays FA Women’s Super League Facebook page.

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