Brighton host Barclays Women’s Super League leaders Chelsea

Chelsea FC v Brighton & Hove Albion - Barclays Women´s Super League
Chelsea had to come from behind to beat Brighton earlier in the season. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Brighton host leaders Chelsea as the Barclays Women’s Super League weekend action kicks off early Saturday evening.

Chelsea begin the weekend three points clear at the top and visit a Brighton side they beat 4-2 earlier in the season, but only after going behind.

Manchester United are seven points short of the Champions League places ahead of hosting mid-table Aston Villa in Saturday’s noon kick-off.

Tottenham Hotspur take on second-placed Manchester City, third-in-the-table Arsenal visit Liverpool for the late afternoon fixture.

There is a massive clash of the bottom two, as Bristol City welcome West Ham who are just goal-difference above them, while it is ninth versus tenth with Everton entertaining a Leicester City side who beat them 5-1 in the Conti Cup in midweek.

Leicester City v Everton - FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup
Deanne Rose of Leicester City (C) celebrates scoring the second goal against Everton in midweek. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

A very tight Barclays Women’s Championship title race features a south London derby between third-placed Crystal Palace and leaders Charlton Athletic. But Sunderland will go top before then, should they win away to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Sheffield United face fourth-placed Southampton, in-form Birmingham City entertain London City Lionesses, Durham welcome basement side Watford and Lewes go head-to-head with Reading as the Rooks sit in the bottom two and the Royals just above them.

Saturday 27 January

Barclays Women’s Super League

Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea (Crawley Town FC, 5.30pm) – live on Sky Sports

Barclays Women’s Championship

Blackburn Rovers v Sunderland (Lancashire FA County Ground, 2pm)

Sunday 28 January

Barclays Women’s Super League

Manchester United v Aston Villa (Leigh Sports Village, 12pm) – live on The FA Player
Everton v Leicester City (Walton Hall Park, 12.30pm) – live on BBC iPlayer/BBC Sport website
Bristol City v West Ham United (Bristol City FC, 2pm) – live on The FA Player
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City (Leyton Orient FC, 2pm) – live on The FA Player
Liverpool v Arsenal (Tranmere Rovers FC, 4.30pm) – live on Sky Sports

Barclays Women’s Championship

Durham v Watford (Maiden Castle, 12pm)
Birmingham City v London City Lionesses (Birmingham City FC, 2pm)
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic (Sutton Utd FC, 2pm)
Lewes v Reading (Lewes FC, 2pm)
Sheffield United v Southampton (Sheffield Utd FC, 2pm) – live on The FA Player

Arsenal Women’s Gio Queiroz loaned to Madrid CFF

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