Title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City meet in the big game in the WSL on Sunday. Tim Stillman thinks Emma Hayes' side will lay down a marker with victory at Kingsmeadow.
"This game will be close and I can’t see lots of goals. Expect a moment of individual quality to break the deadlock here and I think Chelsea, on balance, have better attackers than City."
Expect this game to be very tight
Third meets second in the WSL table at Kingsmeadow in the early kickoff in southwest London. Chelsea trail City by two points because their game at Everton last weekend was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Emma Hayes' side are undefeated this season, while City have one defeat to their name courtesy of an equally tricky away fixture at Arsenal in October.
Surprisingly, Chelsea have not beaten Nick Cushing's side in 10 attempts in the WSL now, with five draws and five defeats in that run. Manchester City have conceded a solitary goal all season- to Vivianne Miedema, so expect this to be another tight, low scoring encounter. However, I think the home side will just about edge it.
Chelsea have marginally more firepower
Chelsea to win 1-0 fetches 15/2 and that looks a good price to me. Though a repeat of last year's 0-0 draw at 17/2 would be a sensible enough bet too. This game will be close and I can't see lots of goals. Expect a moment of individual quality to break the deadlock here and I think Chelsea, on balance, have better attackers than City.
Recommended Bet: Chelsea to win 1-0 at 15/2
Arsenal looking to build on their lead at the top
With Chelsea and Manchester City playing one another earlier in the day, Joe Montemurro's side have an opportunity to build a lead at the top of the WSL when they play Reading on Sunday afternoon at Adams' Park. The Gunners have won six and drawn one of their last seven games against Kelly Chambers' Royals.
Reading are a solid midtable side, but their defensive record is questionable this season. They conceded two against Brighton, three against Bristol City and two against West Ham recently. None of those sides boast anything close to the attacking talent that Arsenal possess. Vivianne Miedema won't repeat last weekend's haul of six goals and four assists, but Reading will need to be on their mettle to stop her.
However, in the likes of Fara Williams, Remi Allen and Brook Chaplen, there are goals in this Reading side. I think Arsenal to win and both teams to score is a good bet at 6/4. Reading games tend to be high scoring and the Gunners bagged 11 goals against Bristol City last week. Over 3.5 goals at 5/4 is tempting too. The form book suggests there will be goals in this game and that Arsenal should take more than their fair share.
Recommended Bet: Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 6/4.