The third gameweek of the Women’s Super League sees Chelsea journey up north to tackle Manchester United in what’s already going to be an enormous fixture for the league standings. Chelsea have already tasted defeat to Arsenal to date this season, equalling their complete quantity of losses for the entire of the final marketing campaign, and the Gunners shall be hoping Emma Hayes’ aspect slip up at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.
Marc Skinner has loved a shiny begin to life again within the UK following his two-year keep within the US with Orlando Pride. He has guided his aspect to most factors to date of their first two fixtures, scoring 5 targets and solely conceding as soon as. From their two opening victories, United have impressed and have proven indicators that they will upset the institution of the WSL and they are going to be hoping that they will exploit the identical defensive frailties in Hayes’ Chelsea aspect that noticed them crushed by Arsenal on the Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the season.
With 5 completely different scorers already this time period, the previous Birmingham City Women’s boss shall be proud of the purpose burden being shared throughout his squad, however he is aware of he’ll want gamers like ahead Martha Thomas to contribute extra continuously if they’re to stake a declare on the title. Skinner will need his aspect to maintain the identical defensive organisation and self-discipline that has to date seen them stay fairly resolute, however he may have labored exhausting together with his defenders as he’ll know the risks Chelsea’s attacking gamers, like Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr, can pose.
He will even pay attention to how Hayes likes her aspect to assault in numbers and with depth, so this weekend’s fixture will present his defence with the proper train to check their resilience.
As for the guests, Hayes shall be decided to not endure one other setback having already misplaced as soon as this season. She shall be happy along with her aspect’s character to bounce again from the opening day defeat towards Arsenal with a thumping 4-0 victory at house towards Everton final day out, although. With the likes of Kirby and Kerr main the road, whom Hayes has in comparison with Dwight York and Andy Cole, the 44-year-old is aware of that her aspect are all the time going to be in with an opportunity in any recreation as a result of the standard that runs via her aspect speaks for itself having received the league title two years in a row.
Hayes won’t permit her aspect to get carried away with their final consequence and he or she may have completely studied the way in which Skinner’s United have approached their two opening victories. As we noticed throughout her punditry work at Euro 2020, her preparation is extremely detailed and he or she may have orchestrated plan to attempt to break down a tricky defence, however she will even have labored on her defensive organisation to match her opponents. Ultimately, she is aware of if she doesn’t handle her aspect to victory this weekend, they face being six factors behind Arsenal if the Gunners are capable of get the higher of Gareth Taylor’s Manchester City this weekend. And it might be early within the season, however a six-point hole might have a damning impact for the Blues on the finish of the season.
Manchester United are 7/2 to win, a draw is priced at 11/4 and for Chelsea to return out on prime, Betfred are providing 8/13.