New WSL season starts on Sunday, new thread. Hoping that, post World Cup frenzy, this thread will get some more traction than last season.
Twelve teams in the top league, with Chelsea as the reigning champions, and Bristol City the new kids on the block.
I’ll be supporting Arsenal (obviously) who finished third last season and got to the Champions League semi-final before being eliminated by Wolfsburg in dramatic fashion. This season got off to a bad start when the Gooners failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League proper, losing on penalties to Paris FC in the qualifying round.
Arsenal v Liverpool (2pm, Emirates Stadium)
Aston Villa v Manchester United (12.30pm, Villa Park, live on BBC2)
Bristol City v Leicester City (2pm, Ashton Gate)
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30pm, Stamford Bridge, live on Sky Sports)
Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion (1pm, Walton Hall Park)
West Ham United v Manchester City (3pm, Chigwell Construction Stadium)
City will no doubt find a way to finish between 2nd and 3rd for the ninth time in ten years. Guess the Roord signing is exciting, but as much as they went on a great run after a dodgy start last season, I can’t help but think that Gareth Taylor is just a real damp squib of an appointment and they could get someone much more progressive in.
On the team front Carla Ward has really turned things around for Villa, played an attacking style and scored more last season that the previous two seasons combined. So you should get some good games if you watch them
Instinctively feel that 5 titles in a row is a big ask, but one of the things I most like about women’s football is that I know very few players outside the WSL and so have no idea really to what degree Chelsea, Arsenal and United have strengthened (Roord is more a known quantity for City). Chelsea have certainly brought in exciting names but they are, for the most part, very young and Hayes tends to be pretty slow and gradual at working them in, so idk how much of them we’ll actually see.
Still, nice to go to Stamford Bridge tomorrow to watch a home team not be utterly pathetic.