Well my prediction last season were quite good at least in the top four and Seventh place. So again here are my predictions for the 2015 based on the following criteria. This is a short evaluation for the 8 sides based on 5 criteria ( all rated out of 20). The preview including the players’ interview realised at the FA WSL launch at BT Sport will be published tonight on the blog.
a) squad stability during the winter transfer window
b) youth/experience balance
c) players quality signed during the winter transfer window
d) training schedule and frequency
e) squad depth
Evaluation is done from the data provided by the teams through the media via interviews social media, websites, papers and magazines .
Here are the final scores :
1. Manchester City 80
2. Chelsea 79
3. Liverpool and Birmingham 78
5. Arsenal 75
6. Notts County 72
7. Bristol and Sunderland 67
According to my calculations Bristol and Sunderland would be likely to compete for the relegation place as Bristol have lost a lot of their regular starters and replaced them with unknown quantity in the FA WSL. Regarding the Sunderland changes, they have a very stable team and added a couple of players. Again they are an unknown quantity at WSL1 level, hence a lower rating than most teams.
Notts County are actually the dark horses for some people that are involved in the game. They have added quality players in order to improve their attacking stats as they were the best defensively.
Arsenal have started rebuilding and implementing new coach Pedro Losa’s philosophy and tactics. There is a question mark on the squad depth with many injuries for senior players at the moment.
Birmingham have a stable squad and have added a couple of players that were missing last season. They sadly have lost Chelsea Weston to injury.
Liverpool have lost some important players during the break but have recruited quality players in Oshoala, Murray, Ryland and Smorsgard. Staniforth is also like a new signing for them. They should be thereabout in the money time.
Chelsea have also strengthened their team with two Swedish players plus a quality forward with Davison and two good defenders in Bright and Fahey, they should be competing for the title again this season.
Manchester City have made unrivalled investment in the League for their women’s team. They now have a full squad of professional players excellent and superb working conditions, so are favourite to win the title this season.
The FA Women’s Super League is exclusively live on BT Sport and kicks-off with Liverpool v Sunderland on Wednesday 25 March (BT Sport 1 from 7.30pm) and continues with Arsenal v Notts County on Thursday 2 April (BT Sport 1 from 7.30pm). For highlights, news and views throughout the season watch the FA WSL Review Show on Sunday nights at 10pm on BT Sport.’
You can also have a look at the season predictions from Chris who supports Birmingham
Darren also provides his here
Heather’s Liverpool Ladies season preview