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      WSL final weekend preview: Chelsea or City?

      2024/05/16 12:10

      Either Chelsea or Manchester City will be crowned the Women's Super League champions for the 2023/24 season as the final weekend of the season is at last upon us.

      Emma Hayes' team come into this game top of the league by virtue of a superior goal difference of +47 compared to City's +45. 

      Should both teams have the same result in their respective fixtures the title could go down to goal difference or – in the case that both teams have the same points total and goal difference – on total goals scored. In that case, Chelsea (65 goals to City's 59) are likely to be crowned champions.

      But instead of getting into the various scenarios of what might happen this weekend let's get into all the games across the country, including two difficult fixtures for our potential champions.

      Aston Villa v Manchester City

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      Gareth Taylor's side know they need to defeat Aston Villa and they need to ideally win big unless Chelsea slip up.

      Through 2021 City have defeated Villa 8-0, 7-0, and 5-0 and a result like that may well be enough. However, their opponents this weekend are vastly improved as City know.

      Villa have plenty of motivation to get a result in what will be Carla Ward's final game in charge before she departs.

      Last season City found it difficult in the West Midlands with the Villans winning 4-3 in this fixture last season as well as defeating the Blues in extra-time in the FA Cup.

      The Citizens will prefer to look at what happened the last time these two met though when City came from 1-0 to win 2-1 thanks to a quick-fire Lauren Hemp brace. A similar result might not be good enough this weekend though.

      Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion

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      Arsenal fell ultimately short of the title this season but they will be in the Champions League first round with a guaranteed third place.

      It will be an emotional game for the Gunners though in what will serve as Vivienne Miedema's farewell to the club after an illustrious spell.

      Miedema scored 125 goals and assisted 50 in 172 games for the club and she will be hoping to add to that tally as she says goodbye.

      The Seagulls have the chance of ruining that farewell should they get a result at Meadow Park. It won't be easy though, Brighton have never won a game against Arsenal having suffered 12 defeats in 13 games in which they only ever managed to score two goals.

      Bristol City v Everton

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      Bristol City's relegation has been on the cards all season long with few giving the club a chance of staying in the WSL this season – showing just how big the gap is between the top tier and the Championship.

      After having only won one game all season, the Robins can leave on a good note if they get a positive result against Everton.

      Even if the Toffees win this game they will still be in eight place but they will be looking to get the better of their opposition having failed to do so earlier in the season.

      That previous game between the two in Merseyside ended 2-2 with Amalie Thestrup earning a late point for Bristol City that day.

      Leicester City v Liverpool

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      The Reds can finish fourth should they earn at least a point away to Leicester City, something that will have been a surprise to people at the start of the season.

      It's been a fine campaign for Matt Beard's team who have gotten the better of local rivals Manchester United this term.

      Meanwhile, it's been a memorable season for Leicester City for the wrong reasons with Willie Kirk's dismissal overshadowing much of the improvements the Foxes have made on the pitch. A win in front of their fans on the final day should help lift the mood going into next season.

      The Foxes did get the better of Liverpool earlier in the season when Jutta Rantala's brace gave her side all three points.

      Manchester United v Chelsea

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      Chelsea need to defeat the FA Cup winners and make sure their goal difference stays higher than Manchester City to ensure they win the WSL title at Old Trafford.

      Of the two games that the title challengers face this weekend this should be the more difficult one. United will be on high after lifting the FA Cup at Wembley at the weekend following an impressive 4-0 win over Spurs. 

      Marc Skinner's side defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at Leigh Sports Village in the last game between these two sides – that was United's first-ever victory over the Blues.

      But of course, Chelsea are always strong and they will know that a strong win will ensure Emma Hayes' final season before taking over the US national women's team after a legendary spell at the club. Will it end with yet another title victory?

      Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

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      Our final game of the lot sees an all-London clash as Tottenham take on West Ham.

      It's been a tough old week for Robert Vilahamn's team but one they will have surely learned a lot from. Spurs had to pick themselves up from that FA Cup final defeat to take on Chelsea in Wednesday evening's game.

      Although Tottenham are now winless in five games there is still a feeling that Vilahamn's first season in charge of the club has pointed the club in the right direction with a sixth-placed finish guaranteed.

      Save a big goal swing, West Ham will finish 11th in the WSL, a position that would have been more dangerous had Bristol City not been so out of their depth this campaign.

      Rehanne Skinner has found it difficult this term having won only three league games all season. A fourth would feel sweet for the manager this weekend though as she faces her former club.


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      2024-05-16 12h46m by eyoungs8
      As a Chelsea fan, I have full faith in our team to secure the WSL title this season. We've worked hard all season and our superior goal difference gives us the edge over Manchester City. But let's not get ahead of ourselves, all eyes will be on both teams this weekend and anything can happen in football. Good luck to both teams and let's hope for a thrilling end to the season!
      2024-05-16 12h22m by banderson1976
      As a football fan, I have to say I am ecstatic for this final weekend of the Women's Super League season! It's been a thrilling season and I can't wait to see how it all unfolds. Personally, I am rooting for Chelsea to come out on top as they have been dominant throughout the season. But, I know Manchester City will put up a tough fight, and it's going to be a nail-biting finish no matter who wins. Let's go Chelsea!
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