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FA Women’s Super League 2021-22 Preview

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FA Women’s Super League 2021-22 Preview

This weekend sees the FA’s Women’s Super League swing into action and it promises to be an amazing season. With a new TV deal in place with Sky, there will be more exposure for the women’s game than ever before! We preview the teams competing for the title, look at some of the teams and players to watch and which teams may be battling it out to avoid relegation.

 

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Title Contenders

Last season Emma Hayes’ Chelsea were awarded the title on a points per game basis and are in a strong position to win a record third consecutive title. Despite having a number of players involved in the Olympics, who may potentially still be recovering, Hayes has a squad that is constantly evolving and improving. With Australian Sam Kerr leading their attack, they always have the chance of scoring, whoever their opposition.

Manchester City have a squad possessing a great deal of gifted players that could be capable of competing with Chelsea. Gareth Taylor grew into the job last season after making a slow start, which ultimately cost them the title. The squad possess talent at both ends of field and showed that Taylor was able to motivate and innovate during last season. Unfortunately they have lost Sam Mewis but have added to their squad with the addition of Jamaican forward Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw and Spanish midfielder Vicky Losada, who joins from Barcelona. If they can continue their momentum from last season then they might just win the league.

Arsenal are the other team that could be capable of mounting any realistic title challenge this season. Under new boss, Jonas Eidevall, who replaces Joe Montemurro, they are looking to improve on last season’s third place finish. With legendary forward, Vivianne Miedema, the Gunners have a world class talent who can unlock any defence. They have added to their squad with the signings of Japanese international, Mana Iwabuchi and Nikita Parris, who joins from Lyon. If Jordan Nobbs can overcome her pre-season injury, she will prove invaluable in the midfield this season.

 

Potential Dark Horses

Both Manchester United and Everton could prove to be this season’s surprise package. United only missed out on Champions League football to Arsenal by a single point last season, so they would want to build on that success. However, they have lost manager Casey Stoney as well as World Cup winners, Tobin Heath and Christen Press. They might repeat last season’s fourth place finish, but Everton are going to be pushing them hard. Manager Willie Kirk has signed French international Kenza Dali, Swedish internationals, Anna Anvegård and Nathalie Björn from Rosengård. Toni Duggan also returns to Everton after an 8 year absence, joining from Atletico Madrid. If French forward, Valerie Gauvin can regain fitness after recent injury problems the. the Toffees should be targeting a higher finish than last season’s fifth place.

 

Relegation Candidates

Birmingham City are a club that look to have it all to do this season. They lost their talented coach, Carla Ward, to local rivals, Aston Villa, after she managed to keep them up last season. City lack the quality required at both ends of the pitch to be competitive this season and they will need their rivals to falter if they are to avoid the drop. Newly promoted Leicester City are somewhat of an unknown quantity at this level and will be hoping to scrape enough points together to retain their Super League status next season. Tottenham Hotspur could also find themselves at the wrong end of the table this season, as they lack a goal scorer last season, with their four joint-top scorers only netting twice in the entire campaign.

 

Women’s Super League Fixtures – Opening Weekend

  • Manchester United vs Reading – Friday 3rd September (19.45pm KO) – Leigh Sports Village Stadium
  • Aston Villa vs Leicester City – Saturday 4th September (12.30pm KO) – Banks’s Stadium
  • Everton vs Manchester City – Saturday 4th September (13.30pm KO) – Goodison Park
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs Birmingham City – Saturday 4th September (15.00pm KO) – Spurs Stadium
  • Arsenal vs Chelsea – Sunday 5th September (12.3opm KO) – Emirates Stadium
  • Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United – Sunday 5th September (14.00pm KO) – Amex Stadium

 

Women’s Super League on tv – Where can I watch?

Sky Sports is set to show over 35 Women’s Super League matches, in a exclusive deal. The deal is set to span over the course of three seasons, adding to Sky Sports’ flagship offerings.

The opening fixture of the season will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, Friday 3rd September. The match between Manchester United and Reading is set to kick off at 19.45pm.

 

We hope you enjoyed the article ‘FA Women’s Super League 2021-22 Preview.’ That is our preview of this season’s FA Women’s Super League. Who do you think is going to win? Who is going to struggle? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Drew is a lifelong sports fan from Bristol who currently lives and works in Hong Kong. He has a keen interest in football, rugby, cricket, F1 and NFL.

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