Barnet v Doncaster Rovers Belles
Birmingham City v Liverpool
Bristol Academy v Leeds United
Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion
Keynsham Town v Sunderland
Lincoln v Arsenal
Manchester City v Everton
(Ties to be played on March 11th 2012)
There are some very tasty ties and many potential banana skin for the WSL teams. We have to remember, this will be the first competitive game of the season for the WSL side and we saw last year that a few team where found out on the day.
Barnet v Doncaster is one of those tie where the underdog Barnet could well. Cherie Rowlands the Barnet goalkeeper is currently on a 6 clean sheet in a row streak and her confidence as well as her defence is pretty high. Doncaster struggled in the WSL and has started the rebuilding process so there is no guarantee that the team would have gelled enough especially with all the internationals at the Algarve/Cyprus tournament.
Birmingham City v Liverpool Unless Liverpool has signed some quality players and kept it under wrap. This is likely to be one of the most one sided tie of the draw except if Liverpool can repeat their WSL defensive performance when they came away with a 0-0 draw. Birmingham has strengthened (?) their squad by signing Aluko and Unitt and should prevail.
Bristol v Leeds Another difficult tie for the WSL side with high-flying second in the WPL team Leeds visiting the superb Stoke Gifford pitch. Bristol seem to have lost a few players and signed a couple of forwards. Leeds is an experienced physical battling side and an upset might be on the card as well.
Charlton v Blackburn national division v northen division. Blackburn is in form and managed to beat Forest 3-0 away something that Arsenal couldn’t do a few days later. Charlton is currently in 3rd place in the national division and should prevail but in a cup game everything is possible.
Chelsea v Brighton and Hove a game between friends as many players have played for both side with Perry and Davies on loan during the winter at Brighton and Barton Found Jacobs Lamb Rabson and Vickery listed as Brighton players and all ex Chelsea. The home side has signed many players to win the WSL and should win that tie.
Keynsham v Sunderland Two in form teams with Keynsham playing a better football than its current second from botton in the Southern division suggests. Sunderland leader of the National Division and currently flying. Spectators at the game will be guaranteed goals ( more than 6 imo)
Lincoln v Arsenal home side slight favorite for me at the moment because the Arsenal squad is extremely thin in numbers and there is a champions league quarter final against Goteborg 3 days later. Domestic competition last year cost Arsenal the chance to reach the London final so we will see if the same problem happens this season. Of course shoudl Arsenal and Lincoln sign big players in the next few days, that would have a big influence on the forthcoming result.
Manchester City v Everton another potential banana skin for a WSL side. Manchester city is likely to be promoted to the National division. Everton have kept the same squad as last year bar one player and have probably improved in that position by promoting the reserves captain and promising player Alex Greenwood. Everton’s big game experience should prevail but it could be really tight.