General view of the ground Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 18 Oct 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

PREVIEW: Arsenal v Manchester United

One of the biggest games of the season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League takes place this evening as Arsenal face Manchester United at Meadow Park.

The pair are effectively playing for third place and qualification for next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League. The pressure is arguably on the hosts going into the game with Arsenal trailing United by six points and holding just a game in hand. Anything other than a win for Joe Montemurro’s side will leave advantage well and truly in United’s court.

Arsenal are again set to be without long term absentees Steph Catley and Viktoria Schnaderbeck as they prepare to face The Red Devils, although the former is making good progress on the training pitch. Defender Jen Beattie also remains out after picking up a hamstring injury a fortnight ago.

United boss Casey Stoney could welcome Kirsty Smith and Lauren James back to the side following recent injuries. The Red Devils remain light on numbers with Tobin Heath and Leah Galton out for a number of weeks while Ivana Fuso will not be seen again this season. Forward Alessia Russo is also thought to have had a setback in her return to fitness and is out.

Arsenal’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Manchester United is scheduled to kick-off at 6.30pm and will be   broadcast live on BT Sport 2.

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