We enter the second half of the season after the World Cup break and it will be interesting to see how many players from the England team will effectively play this week-end. There is an obvious injury risk wtih physical and mental tiredness hitting the players after such a huge tournament.
Chelsea (1) v Bristol (8)
Top versus bottom, the home team will be favourite and it will be interesting to see how many of the seven recruits for Bristol Academy will be given a start. They are still looking for their first win in the competition and need to get some points to stay in touch with Birmingham and Manchester City. Chelsea need the thre points to consolidate their first place and take any advantage of a potential slip-up from Arsenal and Notts County.
Manchester City (6) v Birmingham (7)
Bottom of the table battle with both side still under threat from Bristol should they loose the game. Birmingham with no win so far this season and one goal scored will need Carney, Lawley and Linnett at their best to get something from this game. City will all their world cup stars have only a win this season and also need to get going, they might have found the missing piece from their puzzle in Daphne Corboz.
Sunderland (4) v Notts County (3)
Top of the table clash with Notts County welcoming their World Cup heroes. You would think Sunderland have an advantage here having trained with their full squad for a while. Notts County were in superb form prior to the mid-season break and will certainly look to get the three points on board and get close to the top 2 places.
Arsenal (2) v Liverpool (5)
A must not lose game for Liverpool Ladies currently sitting with a six and eighth points deficit over the top two sides. They still a game on hand against City so they could well close the gap soon. Liverpool had two players only at the World Cupa and one of them came early. Same situation with Arsenal where five of the nine World Cup players came early enough with only four England players coming back late.
There is no doubt many players will be rusty after the long break as seen in yesterday’s FA WSL 2 games. Hopefully with bumper crowds coming we will see some entertaining football played.