The third round sees the FA WSL 2 teams enter the competition and there are many potential banana skin for the WSL sides playing their first competitive game on the season.
The number in bracket is the division gap between the teams.
WSL 2 v WSL 2 (0)
London Bees v Durham
Watford v Millwall Lionesses
Three out of those four teams have just disclosed their new managers so you wonder if they will be ready to compete on Sunday with not maining training sessions under their belt. Durham and Millwal favourite to go through for me.
WSL 2 v FA WPL Northern and Southern (1)
Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Brighton & Hove Albion v Oxford United
Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers
Everton v Stoke City
Yeovil Town v Bradford City
Three out of those ties will see high flying teams in the FA WPL looking to upset the WSL2 and probably full of confidence are they are competing for promotion to the FA WSL. Bristol and Yeovil have s lightly easier tie on paper, but if they don’t hit the ground running, they might be in trouble.
WSL 2 v FA WPL Division 1 N,M,SE,SW (2)
Sheffield FC v Leicester City WFC
The only tie in the competition with a two divisions gap and a tough tie between the Midlands division 1 leaders and Sheffield who played their last official game eight months ago.
FA WPL Northern and Southern v FA WPL Northern and Southern (0)
Charlton Athletic v Newcastle United
West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers
Sporting Club Albion v Coventry United
Loughborough Foxes v Lewes
Nottingham Forest v Preston North End
Loads of interesting games between FA WPL teams who will be certainly hoping to go thourgh and get a good fourth round draw, to have the “honour” to be allowed to compete about the FA WSL 1 teams . I think the WSL1 sides enter the competition way too late giving them an unfair advantage, and you end up with the scenario from last season when Notts reach the final without beating any WSL 1 side and then claiming they are a BIG team.
FA WPL Northern and Southern v FA WPL Division 1 N,M,SE,SW (1)
Gillingham v Tottenham Hotspur
The underdog have a young team with a couple of experienced players while Spurs have been regularly improving in the recent season. Not enough to be competing for promotion but they should go through to the next round.
We know that two WSL 2 sides will be eliminated and I believe up to three other ones might go out as well, leaving half of the WSL 2 division to go through to the Fourth Round.