Manchester City v West Ham United
Sunday November 17, 12:30
Manchester City need to get back on track
City will want to keep pace with top two Chelsea and Arsenal in Sunday's early kickoff. They had enjoyed a perfect start to the season, but that has unravelled in recent weeks. They lost a League Cup tie away at Manchester United, before losing 1-0 at defending champions Arsenal last time out in the WSL. They have also been knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid since their last victory.
But West Ham are City's favourite opponents
However, West Ham, the WSL's great enigma, will be exactly the opposition Nick Cushing will want to see in Manchester on Sunday. Matt Beard's Irons side are maddeningly inconsistent, capable of providing a stiff challenge to the top teams and equally capable of losing the most winnable of games. City beat West Ham 3-0 in the FA Cup Final at Wembley in May.
On their last visit to the Academy Stadium last October, West Ham were treated to a 7-1 hammering. Beard's side have some excellent individual players, especially in forward positions, through the likes of young Swiss forward Alisha Lehmann, Canadian forward Adriana Leon and French international Kenza Dali. They have individual players that can hurt any team.
West Ham have plenty of talent, but little cohesion
However, they have not yet gelled as a team, hence their inconsistency. City are missing centre half Aoife Mannion with a cruciate ligament injury and their defence is still recovering from that blow. However, with Irons fan Ellen White fit again and attacking talent like Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie, I expect City to get back on track with a victory, but West Ham are capable of at least troubling the Man City defence and the best way to plump up the 1/8 on City to win is to bet on the 11/4 on City to win but with both teams to score.
Recommended bet: Man City to win & Both Teams To Score at 11/4
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Sunday November 17, 15:00
Live on BT Sport
There ought to be only one winner here
Arsenal are the defending champions and Spurs are negotiating their first ever season in the top flight. The teams met in a pre-season friendly in August and the Gunners prevailed with a thumping 6-0 win. Spurs have acquitted themselves well in the WSL, but there is a large gulf in class between these teams. Arsenal ought to enjoy playing in a bigger stadium with a nice playing surface.
Tottenham will set up to frustrate and they managed it reasonably well on the opening game of the season when they only lost by a solitary goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham also defeated West Ham 2-0 at the London Stadium in September- they are well acclimatised to the big stadium experience by now.
This will be a game of attack v defence
Arsenal will dominate possession throughout using their top tier attacking talent such as Jordan Nobbs, Kim Little, Danielle van de Donk and Vivianne Miedema to pin Tottenham back. The home side will sit in a deep block and try to frustrate Joe Montemurro's Gunners. Arsenal did endure a shock 0-0 draw away at Brighton in the League Cup a fortnight ago.
However, they rested key players for that match, played on a bog of a pitch at Crawley in a secondary competition. Arsenal defeated Manchester City last time out in the WSL and thumped Slavia Praha 13-2 in the Champions League. Arsenal v Spurs pits a team of world class players against an up and coming and well organised Tottenham team, but one that is a few rungs below Arsenal in the quality stakes at this point. Arsenal to win 4-0 is a decent bet at 16/1.
Recommended bet: Back Arsenal/Arsenal on the Half Time/Full Time market at 11/4