WSL Tips: Nothing to Choose Between Arsenal and Chelsea in Top of the Table Clash

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Arsenal and Chelsea meet in a huge top of the table clash that will go a long way to deciding who wins the WSL. Tim Stillman suspects that honours will be even, but there will be goals.

"Billed in many quarters as the meeting of the two best strikers in the world in Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema, this game has a lot more going for it beyond those two world stars."

Birmingham City Women v Manchester City Women
Sunday January 19th, 12noon
Live on BBC Sport Online

Up until last season, Birmingham City away was the kind of fixture with the potential to bloody the noses of the big teams. The Blues are more forgiving opposition this season after a large turnover of their best players in the summer. They have only won two games in this campaign- against the current bottom two.

Birmingham were thrashed 6-0 by Chelsea at home in November and were easily dealt with by Arsenal a fortnight ago. City striker Ellen White will be back at her previous club, but it is German forward Pauline Bremer who is making all the headlines at the moment. She has scored seven goals in her last four WSL matches and bagged a hat-trick in the Conti Cup on Wednesday evening.

City are 1/5 to win this game, all of the value is on the correct score line. 10/1 is a good price for City to win 4-0 in my view, only bottom of the table Liverpool have a worse shot conversion than Birmingham, who have only five goals in their 10 league goals so far, so betting on City to win to nil is wise. However, you can get 9/2 on more than 4.5 goals which represents value too.

Recommended bet: Manchester City to win 4-0 at 10/1.

Arsenal v Chelsea Women
Sunday January 19th, 2pm
Live on BT Sport

Billed in many quarters as the meeting of the two best strikers in the world in Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema, this game has a lot more going for it beyond those two world stars. With the likes of Danielle van de Donk, Beth Mead, Kim Little, Beth England, Ji So Yun and Guro Reiten expected to start, one thing this game will not lack is goalmouth incident.

Arsenal haven't beaten Chelsea at Meadow Park since 2014 but have won every single game at home in the last 12 months. Chelsea were, of course, the last team to beat the Gunners on their own patch with a 2-1 victory last January. This is a clutch title game between two teams with little to choose between them in quality. It could go either way.

The smart money, therefore, is probably on a score draw given the level of attacking talent on both teams. 0-0 is a relatively lengthy price at 11/1 for good reason. You can get 3/1 on a score draw, but I would be tempted to stretch that out a bit and opt for a 2-2 at 17/2. I wouldn't be surprised to see a bit of a helter skelter encounter too, you can get 11/1 on either of the teams to lead at half-time with a draw at full-time.

Recommended bet: 2-2 draw at 17/2

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