WSL 2 Week Five Preview: Big week in the promotion race, plus plenty of basement battles

Yeovil's clash with Bristol is the headline fixture for this week, but there are plenty of others that catch the eye nonetheless.

WSL 2 Week Five Preview: Big week in the promotion race, plus plenty of basement battles
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After two games this week already, we've got a further seven to look forward to between tomorrow and Sunday as another round of WSL 2 fixtures gets underway.

We were due to have eight games up coming, but Millwall Lionesses' clash with Oxford United at the Den has been postponed. The two were meant to meet on Thursday, but with the men's team hosting Bradford City in the play-offs on Friday, this will now be rescheduled.

Nonetheless, we won't be lacking in action this week, with plenty to make up for that.

Title race to dominate midweek games

The drama will commence as early as tomorrow, with Yeovil Town to welcome Bristol City in what is not just a South West derby, but a huge game in the title race.

The Lady Glovers have already lost ground in the title race, currently off the pace by three points, with Everton and Bristol both tied at the top. The Toffees went top on Tuesday with a 2-0 win away at Aston Villa, but Bristol can snatch it off them for a few days if they are victorious tomorrow.

The Vixens won the reverse of this on the opening weekend, edging the game 3-2 in a thrilling contest, and Yeovil will be seeking revenge this time out, as well as a way back into the title race.

Below them, Durham are also looking for a way back in. The Wildcats started the season brilliantly with three wins on the bounce, but defeat to Villa in their last outing saw them concede top spot.

This week, they can get back into the run-in as they welcome Sheffield FC to the North East. The newly-promoted outfit were 3-1 winners in the FA WSL Continental Cup recently, but Durham emerged victors by a 1-0 scoreline in the reverse in the league and will be looking to replicate that performance tomorrow.

They have a game in hand over the top three too, so a win would do plenty for getting them back in the mix.

Bottom half to be the weekend's focus

At the weekend, we move away from the top of the standings and towards the bottom instead.

It's all about teams trying to rediscover some form on Sunday, with all 10 teams in action across five fixtures.

Millwall are one of those sides, with them granted extra rest after the cancellation of Thursday's game too. They will visit Everton on Merseyside in their only match this week, looking to cause an upset against the current leaders.

As unlikely it may seem, they did that when they met earlier this season, with a 2-2 draw the result in the capital. The Lionesses have lost their last two since starting the season with a three-game unbeaten run, and there will be problems they are looking to rectify this week to amend that form too.

Elsewhere, two of the bottom three meet as Oxford - also to be fresh after the postponement of their game with Millwall - welcome Watford. The latter have one point from five games this season, sitting at the foot of the table, while Oxford's win against Sheffield last time out accounts for the only points they have managed to earn.

Both looking to progress up the standings, it might not be a game of great quality that those at the Armadillo Stadium are treated to, but it will be one full of heart and commitment in what's sure to be a well-fought game.

Joining Oxford and Watford in the bottom three are Sheffield, who also have just one point to boast this season. They are kept off the bottom of the table by goal difference alone, but have a game in hand over most of their league rivals.

This weekend, they welcome the one team they have managed to get a result off this season too - Bristol. Surprisingly, the Yorkshire outfit held the current second-placed side to a goalless draw back in March and they will be hoping to go one better this time round, denting the Vixens' title hopes.

Will Watford have something to cheer about this weekend? (Photo: Watford Ladies FC)
Will Watford have something to cheer about this weekend? (Photo: Watford Ladies FC)

Plenty of quality also on show

Away from the basement battles, there are a couple of really exciting games this Sunday too.

The first of those sees an improving London Bees side welcome Durham, one of the season's surprise packages. In fact, both have been surprise packages this year, with everyone expecting the Bees to be at the wrong end of the table as usual.

However, David Edmundson has worked wonders in the capital, with his side hammering Watford 5-0 on Monday - showing how they have moved on from being down there with the Hornets, to being a level above now.

They will be a much tougher test for Durham than they were in the reverse then, having improved a lot since a 2-0 loss earlier this year, but the Wildcats will expect all three points.

Finally, the last game of the week sees Yeovil welcome Villa to the South West. Villa will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Everton, while the Lady Glovers will hope they go into the game off the back of a huge win against Bristol.

If not, a result in the Villa game will be even more important in order to give themselves a glimmer of hope in the push for promotion.

Their opponents won't roll over though, and they have plenty of quality to cause problems for their hosts.