Hello everyone and welcome. WSL leaders Arsenal are in a rich vein of form at the moment, and that’s putting it mildly. They’ve won their past three matches in all competitions 11-1, 3-0 and 9-0 (the 9-0 a cup win against London Bees on Wednesday). The Gunners have truly been firing.
But if you think that indicates Joe Montemurro’s side are turning the 2019-20 WSL title race into a procession, think again. Chelsea are breathing down their necks, just two points behind. If Arsenal lose at Everton today and Chelsea win, as expected, at 12th-placed Liverpool, the Blues will top the WSL table at Christmas.
Both Arsenal and second-placed Chelsea are on five-match winning streaks in the league, and both will be desperate to avoid a slip-up today. (The Gunners last tasted defeat over two months ago, a 2-1 reverse against – yes, you guessed it – Chelsea.)
There won’t be any Christmas presents forthcoming from Everton this afternoon, either. The fifth-placed Toffees took maximum points from their matches across November, which earned Willie Kirk the WSL manager of the month gong.
Everton’s flawless November included a 1-0 away success against city rivals Liverpool in the first-ever WSL match to be staged at Anfield in front of more than 20,000 fans. Confidence will be high and given the fearsome goal-scoring form of visitors Arsenal, it will need to be.
In today’s other 12.30 kick-off, Manchester City meet Brighton & Hove Albion. Liverpool v Chelsea and Reading v Tottenham are the 2pm matches. Can the Gunners make it nine wins from 10 in the league this season, and stay at the summit into 2020? We are about to find out. Team news to follow soon.