Matildas Abroad Preview: Title race heats up in England; Chelsea and City clash

After donning green and gold, our Matilda abroad are return in club land with plenty of big matches on the horizon.

The title race is heating up in the FA WSL, with Chelsea four points behind table leaders Arsenal.

The WSL’s first action game will see league leaders Arsenal host third-placed Manchester United, with three crucial points at stake for both sides.

After the Gunners suffered their first loss of the WSL season at the hands of Birmingham City while their Australian trio were on international duty, they will be hoping to increase their lead at the top of the ladder when they take on United.

This game will start on Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. AEDT.

Meanwhile, perhaps the most interesting game of the WSL round will see Chelsea host Manchester City.

Throughout the week, both teams have booked their place in the Conti Cup final, with this game a preview of what lies ahead for the blockbuster final in March.

Sam Kerr, Alanna Kennedy and Hayley Raso all featured for their respective teams in their Conti Cup victories and will be crucial in Sunday night’s game.

With Kerr and Ji So-Yun absent on international duty, Chelsea struggled to secure wins in January. Playing out a 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion but managing to win 2-0 over West Ham.

Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Alex Greenwood of Manchester City in action during the Barclays FA Women's Super League game between Manchester City Women and Chelsea Women (Photo: GettyImages)
Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Alex Greenwood of Manchester City in action during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League game between Manchester City Women and Chelsea Women (Photo: GettyImages)

Both teams will be desperate for points to stay in touch with the top four, with City just one point behind the top four teams.

This game will kick off on Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m. AEDT.

Kyah Simons’ Spurs, after four straight defeats in all competitions, will be looking to pick up three points against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Despite their defeats, Spurs sit in fourth place, just a point ahead of Manchester City. Meanwhile, their opponents have not won since November last year, despite holding defending champions Chelsea to a 0-0 draw last week.

This game will start on Monday morning at 1:30 AEDT.

The final game of the WSL round will see a number of Aussies go head-to-head, with by Emily Gielnik Welcoming Aston Villa mackenzie arnold and Tameka Yallop’s West Ham United.

When the two teams met earlier in the season, Villa scored a late equalizer to secure a draw against the Hammers, with all that was at stake in this game at the halfway point of the season.

This game starts on Monday morning at 5:00 AEDT.

Moving To France, by Mary Fowler Montpellier faces Fleury 91.

The two teams occupy fourth and fifth places in the standings, Montpellier just 2 points behind Fleury.

Mary Fowler

Montpellier have had a good run in D1 so far, playing almost a draw with Lyon if there wasn’t an 89th-minute winner.

This game will start on Saturday morning at 6:45 AEDT.

Ellie Carpenter Lyon host Bordeaux in the last game of the round, trying to maintain their perfect start to the season and claim thirteen straight wins.

Bordeaux sit sixth but are coming off back-to-back D1 wins, however, their last loss was a 4-0 Lyon performance in the Coupe de France Féminine in early January.

This game starts on Monday morning at 00:45 AEDT.

Our final destination takes us to Italy, where Aivi Liege and Ella Mastrantonio Pomigliano takes on second-placed Roma.

The two sides met in the group stage of the Italian Women’s Cup in December, where Roma won 3-1.

This game will start on Sunday morning at 12:30 AEDT.

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