FA WSL 1&2 + FA Women’s Cup games attended this season

As I am looking forward to see Doncaster Belles for the first time this season, I had a look at the whole year and noticed that I did not manage to see Liverpool Ladies either and sadly won’t see them in 2016.

Here are the stats up to today : 38 games attended, 17 teams seen out of 19.

Arsenal Ladies 14

London Bees 9

Millwall Lionesses 9

Watford Ladies 7

Chelsea Ladies 5 ( down a lot from previous season, due to the incident with the Chelsea video staff member during the pre-season game in Paris)

Reading Women 5 ( a lot less than last season because they wer eplaying on Saturdays at Farnborough, which was easy to access unlike Wycombe)

Sunderland Ladies 4

Bristol City 4

Notts County Ladies 3

Sheffield FC 3

Everton Ladies 2

Birmingham City 2

Durham Women 2

Manchester City 2

Aston Villa 2

Oxford United 1

Yeovil Town 1

Liverpool Ladies 0

Doncaster Belles 0

I have obviously attended FA WPL, CoE, International and youth international games in 2016, so will try to see if I can list them all.

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FA Women’s Cup Round 5 predictions

First official game on the 2016 season for the FA WSL 1 sides who will be obviously rusty, so we might see a couple of upset in that round.

 

FA WSL 1 v FA WSL 1

Birmingham City Ladies v Arsenal Ladies

A very open game and both side might be rusty, Birmingham have had a very stable transfer window keeping most of their players while Arsenal made a few additions. Gunners slightly favourite to go through, but Blues managed to beat the Gunners a few seasons ago thanks to a better team cohesion and that might happen again.

Doncaster Belles v Chelsea Ladies

The holders have a difficult game away to the Belles, they looked sharp on the attacking side but slightly uncertain on the defensive side. If the Belles can do damage limitations in defense they have a chance to go through.

Liverpool Ladies v Man City Women

This is the first official game of 2016 for both side, Liverpool have made a lot of changes so that game might come too early in term of  team cohesion for them. City have played high profile opponents in pre-season so should be ready on Sunday.

 

FA WSL 1 V FA WSL 2

Reading Women v Millwall Lionesses

The FA WSL 1 side have played many pre-season friendlies including one against the Lionesses and will be favourite to go through. Millwall will need to raise their level and be clinical to have a chance to go through.

Notts County Ladies v Durham Women

The FA WSL 1 side should go through unless Durham manage to score first and park the bus as Notts are a strong defensive side with a lot of firepower against a WSL 2 side.

Yeovil Town v Sunderland Ladies

If Sunderland are rusty, they might end up like last season on the losing side, they were the only FA WSL 1 side eliminated 2 rounds  before the FA WSL 1 sides entered the competition. Yeovil will have to be at their best defensively and offensively to go through.

FA WSL 2 V FA WSL 2

Aston Villa Ladies v Everton Ladies

It should be a tight game between two FA WSL 2 sides. Everton have a lot of attacking flair so should be able to scrap a win.

FA WPL V FA WPL

Brighton and Hove v SC Albion

Both sides are looking to win the title in their respective division and might meet again in May for the FA WPL play-off with the winner promoted to FA WSL 2. Brighton are in good form and are my favourite to go through.

The FA Women’s Cup Round 5 draw

A few tasty ties between FA WSL 1 side in the Round 5 draw as the “elite” division teams enter the competition. Ties to be played on the 20th of March.

 

The full draw :

 

FA WSL 1 v FA WSL 1

Birmingham City Ladies v Arsenal Ladies

Doncaster Belles v Chelsea Ladies

Liverpool Ladies v Man City Women

 

FA WSL 1 V FA WSL 2

Reading Women v Millwall Lionesses

Notts County Ladies v Durham Women

Yeovil Town v Sunderland Ladies

 

FA WSL 2 V FA WSL 2

Aston Villa Ladies v Everton Ladies

 

FA WPL V FA WPL

Brighton and Hove v SC Albion

The FA Women’s Cup Round 4 preview

Round 4 is the last round before the 9 FA WSL 1 side enter the competition.Therefore 7 “lucky” teams are allowed by the FA to compete against the FA WSL 1 sides.

You really do wonder why the FA allows its elite team to come so late in the competition. It is extremely unfair to the lower division teams. It seems like all the lower divisions team are battling for the 7 seats available alongside the 9 FA WSL 1 sides.

A team like Notts County last season reached the FA Women’s Cup final at Wembley without even playing one WSL 1 side. For years and years, the competition was balanced enough but in the last few years, it has become extremely unbalanced against the FA WPL and below sides.

 

WSL 2 v WSL 2

Bristol City or  v Yeovil Town

An interesting derby with many players that have played for both sides and a few moving this winter from one club to another. It wil also gives us a first indication on the promotion battle as both side will look to go to FA WSL 1

WSL 2 v FA WPL Northern or Southern

Sheffield FC v Sporting Club Albion

The FA WSL 2 side will be wary of Northern Division promotion contender SC Albion and this is defintely a potential banana skin for the WSL side.

Everton v Nottingham Forest

Everton have had a good pre-season playing many games and therefore should be sharp enough. Forest are riding high in the Northern Division and will give a tough game to the Toffees.

Loughborough Foxes  v Millwall Lionesses
Millwall are in the middle of a rebuilding job with 10 new players signed and the Foxes who went through on penalties in the previous round will have to be at their ebst to cause an upset.
Durham v Charlton Athletic
Charlton are on fire at the moment and went far last season in the tournament. Their 2016 results ( 9-0,5-0,9-0, 0-0 !, 10-0,8-0, 5-0) says it all.Durham will need to be at full speed to avoid an upset as Charlton are another strong promotion contender witha  lot of experienced players.
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Spurs have been improving every season in the FA WPL and have recruited well, they are probably short of three players to compete for promotion but will give a game to a Villa side that only won 1-0 in the previous round against Portsmouth

FA WPL Northern/Southern v FA WPL Northern/Southern

Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackburn Rovers

We are guaranteed an FA WPL side in round 5 with Southern Division leaders Brighton at home to Northern Division promotion contender Blackburn who hammered West Ham in the previous round.

So these are my predictions :  obviously we will have one FA WSL 2 side and one FA WPL side in Round 5. I can see up to three underdogs team upset the FA WSL 2 side.
I would say we will have either 4 FA WSL 2 and 3 FA WPL side in Round 5 or 3 FA WSL 2 and 4 FA WPL side in Round 5 in the hat with the 9 FA WSL 1 teams.

The FA women’s Cup Round 4 draw

The FA has just drawn the Fourth round ties, there are seven of them as the winners will be in the hat with the nine FA WSL 1 sides for the Fifth Round draw. Gmes to be played on the 28th of February

 

WSL 2 v WSL 2 (0)

Bristol City* or QPR v Yeovil Town* or Bradford

 

WSL 2  v FA WPL Northern and Southern  (1)

Sheffield Ladies* v Sporting Club Albion

Loughborough Foxes or Lewes Ladies v Millwall Lionesses*

Everton Ladies *  v Nottingham Forest or Preston North End

Durham Women* v Charlton Women

Spurs Ladies v Aston Villa Ladies*

 

FAWPL Northern and Southern v FA WPL Northern and Southern (0)

Brighton and Hove v Blackburn Rovers

 

*denotes FA WSL 2 sides

One FA WPL side will make it to the Fifth Round and there might be more surprises like in Round 3.

 

The FA Women’s Cup round 3 results

Four games postponed due to the bad weather and a huge upset with Brighton destroying Oxford a division above them by 10-0

 

WSL 2 v WSL 2 

London Bees 0 Durham 9  You can certainly question why Bees played their development team rather than their first team. Maybe players were not registered ? Big scoreline.

Watford 1 Millwall Lionesses 3 both teams gave a good account of themselves in a competitive game

WSL 2 v FA WPL Northern and Southern 

Aston Villa 1 Portsmouth 0

Brighton & Hove Albion 10 Oxford United 0

Bristol City v Queens Park Rangers p-p

Everton 7 Stoke City 0

Yeovil Town v Bradford City p-p

2 home wins for the FA WSL 2 sides. One big result with Brighton trashing Oxford 10-0. Brighton are a very good side while Oxford were clearly still in pre-season mode as they have a month and half to go to before the FA WSL 2.

Those kind of results can mess up an entire season as there are certainly psychological damages for a team loosing 10-0 to a lower division team. Bristol started last year by a hammering from Frankfurt and it went downhill from there as they never recovered from it.

WSL 2 v FA WPL Division 1 N,M,SE,SW 

Sheffield FC  5 Leicester City WFC 1 No surprise with a two division gap, the highest ranked team won.

FA WPL Northern and Southern v FA WPL Northern and Southern

Charlton Athletic 10  Newcastle United 0

West Ham United 0 Blackburn Rovers 7

Sporting Club Albion 1 Coventry United 0

Loughborough Foxes v Lewes P-P

Nottingham Forest v Preston North End P-P

Two huge scorelines and one tight game in those tie between FA WPL side. You would not expect the gap to that big between side playing at the same level in the women’s football third tier.

 

FA WPL Northern and Southern v FA WPL Division 1 N,M,SE,SW (1)

Gillingham 0 Tottenham 1 tight result with the higher ranked team going through.

The result of the round goes to Brighton obviously and it will be interesting to see how Oxford will recover from this.