#FAWSL: Basement battle kicks off weekend of crucial matches

Aston Villa in relegation 'six-pointer'
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The weekend’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures will all have an impact on relegation or Champions League qualification issues.

Saturday 24 April 

Barclays FA WSL

Aston Villa v Bristol City (12:30pm) – live on The FA Player

Sunday 25 April 

Barclays FA WSL

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur (12:30pm) – live on the BBC Red Button / BBC iPlayer / The FA Player
Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion (2pm) – live on The FA Player
Birmingham City v Reading (2pm) – live on The FA Player
West Ham United v Everton (3pm) – live on The FA Player

FA Women’s Championship

Charlton Athletic v Durham (2pm) *
Coventry United v Crystal Palace (2pm) – live on The FA Player
Lewes v Leicester City (2pm) *
London Bees v Blackburn Rovers (2pm) *
Sheffield United v Liverpool (3pm) *

* Available as full match replay on The FA Player

Aston Villa are just goal-difference above Bristol City in the scrap to stay up, ahead of their meeting on Saturday lunchtime, with the Robins also at a disadvantage in that they have played a game more than all the other sides in danger. City interim boss Mark Beard told Robins TV: “It’s the biggest game of our season without a shadow of a doubt. Three points will be a massive lift for us, but the most important thing is we get something out of the game on the day.”

Both Birmingham and West Ham are two points off the bottom and each are at home this Sunday, with the Blues hosting Reading and the Hammers up against Everton. Birmingham will be without Northern Ireland international Chloe McCarron, whose contract has been mutually cancelled, with the midfielder remaining in her home country for personal reasons.

There’s home games too for the sides contesting the third and last Champions League place, with Arsenal holding a hugely better goal-difference than Manchester United, over whom they also have a game in hand. The Gunners entertain Brighton, while United welcome Spurs.

While Lewes take on Championship title-winners Leicester City, Durham will seal the runners-up spot should they win at Charlton Athletic.

Sheffield United and Liverpool go head-to-head, with the third-placed Blades fractionally in front of the Reds.

Coventry United trail visitors Crystal Palace by four points and last-placed London Bees finish their season at home to Blackburn Rovers.

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