WSL Tips: Man City and Arsenal to keep title bids on track

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The top two in the WSL look to keep their respective title bids on track this weekend. Tim Stillman is backing Manchester City and Arsenal to do just that with three points apiece.

"Everton have had a commendable season under Willie Kirk, but they have struggled against the current top four- losing to Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City in the League Cup in three of their last five games."

Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Arsenal
Sunday January 12, 12:30
Live on BBC Online

Arsenal will look to keep hold of top spot in the WSL with a win over Hope Powell's Brighton. The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw in the same fixture in the League Cup back in November, however, Joe Montemurro rested top scorers Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk for that game and he certainly won't do that on Sunday.

Brighton have lost all three of their WSL encounters against Arsenal since their promotion, conceding four goals on each occasion. You can get 13/2 on the away team repeating the 4-0 victory they have amassed in their last two league matches against Brighton and I think that represents value, another four goal salvo is not beyond Arsenal.

Brighton are a tougher nut to crack at their Crawley base. The pitch is dry and bumpy and Crawley Town play on the same surface fewer than 24 hours before this match kicks off. A tricky surface will play into the Seagulls' hands as they look to defend in two deep banks of four, before trying to catch Arsenal out by launching long counter-attacking passes.

It's difficult to look past a Gunners victory, however. Montemurro's side have not dropped a single point against anyone outside of the big three since April 2018. Arsenal will need to be patient against a defensively well-drilled side- a draw at half-time with an Arsenal win at full-time is an attractive prospect at 3/1. My money would be on a 2-0 away win at fours.

Recommended bet: Arsenal to win 2-0 at 4/1

Manchester City Women v Everton Women
Saturday January 11, 17:30
Live on BT Sport

Manchester City announced that manager Nick Cushing will leave the club in February to take the assistant manager role with New York City in MLS. This will be his penultimate home game in charge and his players will be extra motivated to give him a fitting send-off. History is on City's side too- they have won all seven of their previous WSL encounters against the Toffees.

They are also incredibly strong at home, having won each of their last eight home matches. Everton have had a commendable season under Willie Kirk, but they have struggled against the current top four- losing to Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City in the League Cup in three of their last five games.

With attacking talent like Ellen White, Pauline Bremer, Georgia Stanway and Caroline Weir, it is very difficult to see Everton keeping City out- even if they limited Cushing's side to a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in September. That said, Everton are unlikely to be thrashed, they are an organised side and in WSL November Player of the Month Chloe Kelly, they carry threat on the counter-attack. City, however, are yet to concede a goal at home in the WSL.

Recommended bet: Manchester City to win 3-0 at 9/2

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