Conti Cup Match day 1 preview

Group 1

Arsenal – Watford

The Gunners have not had a game since the 16th of April and are home to Watford unbeaten in 3 in the FA WSL 2. Arsenal are clear favourite against a side that contains not less than 6 former Arsenal youth players.

London Bees – Millwall

Those two times just played a 2-2 draw on Sunday at the Den. Lillie Billson was sent off and should miss the game. Millwall are a point ahead in the League, so it should be another tight and interesting game that I will be attending.

Reading – Chelsea

They played each other a couple of times in pre-season. Reading curently on a negative streak with 2 defeats in the League while Chelsea are on the high. Fran Kirby is in form for the Royals with 4 in 3 League games. Chelsea will welcome back Ji So-Yun who missed the FA Cup tie this week-end.


Group 2

Doncaster Belles – Man City Women

Probably the most exciting game from match day 1 between the team demoted to Division 2 early in the seasona dn the team that replaced them. City managed to beat a WSL 2  team in the Cup but the Belles are flying at the moment, so the underdog might win that one.

Liverpool v Everton

A second Merseyside derby soon after the upset in the FA Women’s Cup. Can Liverpool recover and get some of the injured players back ( Harris, Stout or Longhurst) ? If not they will face the same problems as last Saturday, also they have to field the same 11 every game with the development team players being asked to cover on the bench and come into the game as subs.

Sunderland v Durham

Another derby and it is a top v bottom of the FA WSL 2  table with Sunderland on 3 for 3 and Durham on 0 for 3. Durham obviously plying their trade at that level for the first time and learning.


Group 3

Notts County v Aston Villa

FA Cup semi-finalist stacked with international players against a team currently struggling in WSL 2 due to the lack of goals ( 1 in 3). Home team favourite to win it.

Bristol v Oxford

Bottom of the table Oxford in WSL 2 away to the Vixens who won their last game away to Man City. Another home win would be logical.

Yeovil v Birmingham

The Champions League semi-finalist will be back in domestic business and will certainly try to stamp their autority on the competition. Yeovil are currently flying high in 3rd place in WSL 2 and offering their attacking football brand. It will be interesting to see if Blues play their best 11 or rotate the squad as they did against Everton.


Reminder : only the group winners and best runner-up will qualify for the semi-finals.


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