The FA WSL2 title race is nearly settled

Millwall’s defeat at Sheffield combined with Brighton’s victory over sees the Seagulls go second in the table, but with a lot of ground to make on leaders Doncaster.

The Belles have 38 points and two tough away games at Sheffield and Millwall alongside a final home game against Oxford. Brighton with 34 points have Watford and Durham away and will finish with Millwall at home. Third placed Millwall with 33 points have only two games against the other two title contenders : Doncaster at home and Brighton away.

Millwall’s recent form has suffered due to the threat of administration and the recent fundraising has helped them finishing the season, but there is still no news about next season. The debt level is allegedly £65,000 and you have to question how they have been allowed to reach such a level by the FA.

We all remember the Notts County disaster with the team folding just a couple of days before the Spring Series start due to the debt level and the fact that is was a huge loss making activity.

Back to the football side of things, Doncaster have a +31 goal difference while Brighton and Millwall have a +15 which means the Belles would win the title should the teams finish level on points. It means Millwall are likely to be out of the title race by next game should Doncaster get at least a point away to Sheffield.

In term of the promotion race, it has already been won by Brighton back in November as they were selected for the FA WSL 2018/19, while every other WSL2 team bar Oxford and Watford have been selected for the newly named tier 2 aka the Championship.

 

 

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Manchester City goes top of the League

Manchester City went top of the League following their 6-1 away win at Bristol. They overtook Chelsea for the first time in a while and also consolidated their Champions League place as they opened a four points gap on the chasing teams.

Bristol City 1 Manchester City 6

 

The remaining games for the top 6 teams :

 

1 Man City 32 points + 28 ( 4 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

Man City can  finish the season with 44 points and arenow  very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

2 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

Chelsea can also finish the season with 44 points and are very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

3 Reading  28 points +19 ( 2 games to play)

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Reading can finish the season with 34 points. They would need a miracle ( giant collapse from all the other teams) to finish in the top two places

 

4 Arsenal  28 points + 12 ( 3 games to play)

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

Arsenal can finish the season with 37 points. They could finish in third place but unlikely to finish it the top two.

 

5 Birmingham 26 points +10 ( 3 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Birmingham  can finish the season with 35 points. They could finish in third place with their current form.

 

6 Liverpool 25 points +6 ( 3 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool  can finish the season with 34 points. They will have a big say in the Champions League title race.

 

Next games on the 8th and 9th of May will be crucial in the title and Champions League race. Combined wins for Chelsea and City would take out of the equation Liverpool,  Birmingham and Reading and would see the top two teams only needing another two points to clinch the Champions League places.

Liverpool and Birmingham really need to beat City and Chelsea to keep their Champions League hopes alive. Any other result would eliminate them from the Champions League race.

 

Champions League race : Birmingham and Reading keep their hopes alive with crucial wins

Birmingham and Reading won at the week-end against Arsenal and Sunderland. They keep the Champions League hopes alive, but the real winners are Chelsea and Manchester City who have consolidated their two places despite not playing League any games recently.

 

Sunderland 0 Reading 2

Birmingham 3 Arsenal 0

 

The remaining games for the top 6 teams

 

1 Chelsea  32 points + 26  ( 4 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sat 12 May Chelsea v Sunderland

Tue 15 May Bristol v Chelsea

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea  

Chelsea can finish the season with 44 points and are very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

2 Man City 29 points + 23 ( 5 games to play)

Thu 03 May Bristol v Man City

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Man City v Yeovil

Sun 20 May Man City v Everton

Man City can also finish the season with 44 points and are also very likely to qualify for the Champions League

 

3 Reading  28 points +19 ( 2 games to play)

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Reading can finish the season with 34 points. They would need a miracle ( giant collapse from all the other teams) to finish in the top two places

 

4 Arsenal  28 points + 12 ( 3 games to play)

Sun 13 May Arsenal v Man City

Wed 16 May Sunderland v Arsenal

Sun 20 May Bristol v Arsenal

Arsenal can finish the season with 37 points. They could finish in third place but unlikely to finish it the top two.

 

5 Birmingham 26 points +10 ( 3 games to play)

Wed 9 May Chelsea v Birmingham

Sun 13 May Everton v Birmingham City

Sun 20 May Birmingham v Reading

Birmingham  can finish the season with 35 points. They could finish in third place with their current form.

 

6 Liverpool 25 points +6 ( 3 games to play)

Tue 08 May Liverpool v Man City

Sat 12 May Reading v Liverpool

Sun 20 May Liverpool v Chelsea

Liverpool  can finish the season with 34 points. They will have a big say in the Champions League title race.