After large turnouts at major stadiums on the opening weekend of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, will there be a knock-on effect for regular venues?
Fixtures for Sunday 15 September
BARCLAYS FA WSL
Reading v Manchester City (Wycombe Wanderers FC, 12.30pm) – live on BBC Sport Website
Everton v Bristol City (Southport FC, 12.30pm)
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool (Barnet FC, 2pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea (Crawley Town FC, 2pm)
West Ham United v Birmingham City (Rush Green Stadium, 3pm)
Mon 16 Sept – Manchester United v Arsenal (Leigh Sports Village, 7.30pm) – live on BT Sport 1
FA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield United (Bamber Bridge FC)
Charlton Athletic v London City Lionesses (VCD Athletic)
Coventry United v Lewes (Butts Park Arena)
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa (Bromley FC)
Leicester City WFC v London Bees (Quorn FC)
Reading and Manchester City both won on the opening day and go head-to-head in one of the lunchtime kick-offs, Everton and Bristol City also have an early start and each seek a first victory.
Royals manager Kelly Chambers spoke to readingfc.co.uk ahead of her team’s match with Man City:
“It’s a case of looking at our strengths, but also looking at them and seeing where we can hurt them. We need to adapt to how they play and what they do.
“Another thing in our favour is that they’re playing Champions League football on Thursday [12 September] – that’s another game that we haven’t got, so I hope we’ll be a little bit fresher going into this weekend.
“But like any game, against any opponent, we’ll treat the game exactly the same. We’ll make sure we’re prepared in the right way and then we’ll need to deliver on the day as well. If you don’t deliver on the day, you won’t get the result you want.”
Spurs make their home WSL debut against Liverpool, Brighton entertain Chelsea, West Ham welcome Birmingham City with each side looking to get off the mark, while on Monday evening Manchester United meet reigning champions Arsenal.
Aston Villa have the chance to got top of the FAWC when away at Crystal Palace, with leaders Durham without a game. Palace will be without Ashlee Hincks for some time, as the Eagles confirmed that she suffered an ACL tear last Sunday.
London Bees and London City Lionesses each have two wins from three and visit Charlton Athletic and Leicester City respectively, who have just a point between them.
Blackburn and Coventry are both at home as they hope to seal first-ever wins in the Championship, visiting sides Sheffield United and Lewes will have other ideas.
Can’t make it to a game? Then all Sunday’s FA WSL games are available for free on The FA Player, as is Coventry United v Lewes in the Championship.