Chelsea take on Manchester City this weekend in a fixture that has successfully determined the Women’s Super League in every of the previous two seasons. It appears unlikely to be the case this time round.The Blues have received back-to-back WSL crowns, by two factors final yr and by a tenth of 1 the yr earlier than, when points-per-game settled a Covid curtailed season.In each campaigns, Emma Hayes’ aspect beat City at dwelling and drew the reverse fixture on the highway, the distinction between the 2 groups over 180 minutes proving better than that which separated them within the ultimate desk after 22 video games.Winning in Manchester on Sunday, nevertheless, is a should for a Chelsea aspect trying to hold tempo in a title race, moderately than settle one.While accidents have decimated City’s squad and contributed to their worst ever begin to the WSL season, Chelsea’s nice concern is just not of inner decline however of the resurgence throughout London of an Arsenal aspect who’ve been rampant underneath new boss Jonas Eidevall.READ MOREThe 38-year-old Swede changed Joe Montemurro this summer time and added the abilities of Tobin Heath, Nikita Parris and Mana Iwabuchi to a star-studded aspect carried out by Kim Little and spearheaded by the peerless Vivianne Miedema. Beth Mead is within the type of her life, whereas home-grown celebrity Leah Williamson has, at 24, already been captaining England.The result’s that the Gunners have received six out of six within the WSL to steer Chelsea by three factors, and 14 out of 15 in all competitions, Eidevall’s solely defeat coming towards an all-conquering Barcelona within the Champions League.But Saturday afternoon’s north London derby towards Tottenham marks the beginning of a run of fixtures which is able to inform us whether or not the Gunners are merely driving the crest of a wave, or genuinely are the approaching drive, able to taking on the mantle carried by Chelsea final season in conquering at dwelling and difficult overseas.Spurs after which Manchester United lie in wait within the league, two sides hoping to benefit from Man City’s decline to problem for the WSL’s third Champions League spot, whereas Barcelona come to the Emirates for the tantalising reverse in early December.In between, it’s Chelsea at Wembley for the ultimate of the FA Cup, delayed from final season.Victories for each on this showpiece weekend for girls’s soccer would solely affirm the suspicion that they’ll be locked collectively on the finish of this one, too.

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