Matildas Abroad Preview: Arsenal look to make it six wins in a row against West Ham; season wraps up in Sweden

Another weekend of blockbuster video games are in retailer for our Matildas Abroad; Arsenal tries to make it six wins in a row against West Ham whereas the season wraps up in Sweden. 

Sam Kerr’s Chelsea shall be wanting to make it 5 straight wins in the league after they journey to face Emily Gielnik’s Aston Villa for the opening sport of Round 6. 

Victory against Villa may ship Chelsea to the highest of the desk, albeit quickly as present ladder leaders Arsenal play early Monday morning. 

Emma Hayes’ facet struggled to discover the again of the online against Leicester in their final WSL sport, with each targets coming after the eightieth minute for the Blues. 

Emily Gielnik celebrating her objective against Brighton. (Photo: GettyImages)Gielnik’s facet has made a sturdy begin to the season, taking seven factors from their opening three video games.However, back-to-back losses, each with out scoring a single objective, could have coach Carla Ward anxious about welcoming the reigning WSL champions.

As for Gielnik, the striker’s final look for Villa got here in their 1-0 win over Brighton the place Gielnik scored the lone objective in the win, she shall be wanting to make an affect against the Blues. 

The sport kicks off on Saturday evening at 11:30 pm AEDT. 

Kyah Simon’s Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United, a much-anticipated battle with the edges sitting in third and fourth place respectively. 

Spurs confronted their first defeat of the WSL earlier than the worldwide break, happening 2-1 to Brighton. While their opposition performed out a thrilling 2-2 draw against rivals Manchester City. 

Simon shall be wanting to make her third look for Spurs, after an harm in her first sport for the membership stored her sidelined.

The sport kicks off on Sunday evening at 11:15 pm AEDT. 

Manchester City is coming off a 3-0 Conti Cup win against Durham on Friday morning, and have a fast turnaround to tackle WSL newcomers Leicester City. 

Alanna Kennedy made the beginning and performed 90 minutes for City in their win over Durham, whereas Hayley Raso made her return from harm in the win. 

Their opponent Leicester are but to decide up a win to this point in the WSL season, nevertheless, they have been unfortunate to be crushed 2-0 by reigning champions Chelsea, after virtually holding them to a 0-0 all draw in the final spherical of the WSL.   

Head coach Gareth Taylor hopes the win against Durham might be the catalyst for a run of constructive outcomes.Injury woes to Manchester City’s facet have seen them solely declare one win to this point in the WSL this season, that win coming against Everton in the opening spherical. 

The sport kicks off on Monday morning at 1:00 am AEDT. 

The remaining sport of the WSL spherical sees present ladder leaders Arsenal welcome West Ham United. The Gunners go into the match with a five-game unbeaten streak in the WSL this season, having solely conceded two targets in these 5 wins. 

Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Lydia Williams Arsenal go into the fixture having received six of the final conferences between the 2 sides, together with a 9-1 displaying final season that noticed Foord on the scoresheet. 

Arsenal earlier than the Women’s FA Cup match against Gillingham (Photo: GettyImages)For West Ham, their solely defeat to this point this season got here in the primary spherical against Brighton. New coach Olli Harder has steered the Hammers to a memorable begin to the season, making historical past by beating Manchester City for the primary time ever.

New signing Tameka Yallop has made an instantaneous affect at her new membership, scoring two targets on debut. 

This match-up shall be an attention-grabbing one for followers, given the historical past between the 2 sides in the WSL and having Australians on either side. 

The sport kicks off on Monday morning at 5:45 am AEDT. 

Moving over to Sweden, the ultimate spherical of the Damallsvenskan season sees the champions FC Rosengård play their remaining sport against Djurgårdens. 

With the highest spot already secured for the season, Rosengård shall be wanting to shut out their season with a win. 

Teagan Micah and Charli Grant have been topped Damallsvenskan champions for the primary time, with this season being a first in Sweden for the Australian pair. 

Rosengård has secured one other probability on the UEFA Women’s Champions League subsequent season with a first-place end in the Swedish league, after being knocked out in the qualifying rounds this yr by Hoffenheim, the facet shall be out to go one higher subsequent yr. 

The sport kicks off on Sunday morning at 12:00 am AEDT. 

Dylan Holmes’ BK Häcken have additionally secured their spot in second, unable to catch Rosengård in first and 15 factors away from third place. 

Like Rosengård, Häcken shall be wanting to end off the Damallsvenskan season with a win against Eskilstuna. 

Häcken is the lone survivor from Sweden nonetheless in this season’s UWCL, nevertheless, haven’t recorded a win but in the group stage. This remaining sport against Eskilstuna shall be good to construct confidence going into their subsequent UWCL sport subsequent week. 

The sport kicks off on Sunday morning at 12:00 am AEDT. 

Clare Polkinghorne’s Vittsjö GIK seemed promising in direction of the top of the season and seemed to clinch third place and seal a UWCL spot for subsequent season. However, a loss final weekend against AIK has made climbing to third place on the ladder virtually inconceivable. 

Polkinghorne shall be again subsequent season for Vittsjö with unfinished enterprise, not too long ago signing a two-year contract extension for the facet. 

Vittsjö shall be wanting to shut out with a win against KIF Örebro DFF on Sunday morning at 12:00 am AEDT. 

Over in Denmark, Fortuna Hjørring has 4 matches left to cling on to second place and seal a UWCL spot for subsequent season. 

After a convincing win final weekend, that noticed Fortuna stroll away with a 5-0 victory and Clare Wheeler on the scoresheet, Fortuna shall be wanting to repeat the identical consequence after they welcome FC Thy-Thisted Q. 

Angela Beard and Alex Huynh each made appearances final week for Fortuna and shall be wanted in defence to cease fourth place Thisted from scoring.

The sport kicks off on Saturday morning at 4:00 am AEDT. 

Jenna McCormick’s AGF is 5 video games with out a win in the Elitedivisionen and could have a laborious problem after they host third-place Brøndby IF. 

The final time the 2 sides met AGF held Brøndby to a 2-2 all draw.

The sport kicks off on Saturday evening at 11:00 pm AEDT. 

Our final cease in Scandinavia is Norway, the place Karly Roestbakken’s LSK Kvinner tackle Lyn. With solely two video games left in the Toppserien season, LSK is unable to attain second place and thus cannot qualify for subsequent season’s UWCL. 

Roestbakken made her first look of the season in LSK final sport, with harm ruling the defender out for six months.

The sport kicks off on Sunday evening at 11:00 pm AEDT. 

Our remaining vacation spot takes us to Japan, the place Alex Chidiac’s JEF United tackle Albirex Niigata. After back-to-back wins for JEF, Chidiac’s facet sit in fifth place in the WE League. 

The sport kicks off on Saturday at 4:00 pm AEDT.

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