WSL 2 Week Seven Preview: Upsets ready to be made in supposedly predictable round of games

With there a firm favourite and a certain underdog for all five games this weekend, who can defy the odds?

WSL 2 Week Seven Preview: Upsets ready to be made in supposedly predictable round of games
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There seems to be five clear winners from this weekend's five WSL 2 games - on paper at least.

However, as the WSL Continental Cup proved last week, no game is won before it has even taken place, with the stage set this weekend for upsets from the lower-placed teams.

Time to test those title credentials

As the title race continues to excite, this weekend is another big one as the top four look to avoid any unnecessary slip-ups against the lesser teams in the division.

For Durham and Everton, with them chasing the top two and boasting two games in hand each, wins are vital to keep their hopes alive of promotion.

The former have a tricky test this weekend in the form of Aston Villa, who sit one place and two points below them, albeit having played two more games.

The Villans beat their North East opponents 2-0 in the Midlands earlier this season, but the Wildcats will be more than up for this one having lost 2-0 to leaders Yeovil Town last time out.

They will be desperate to bounce back and keep themselves in the race for a top two finish, though they certainly have the toughest task of the top four.

Everton, meanwhile, face a Sheffield FC side who's performances have not warranted a lacklustre position of second-from-bottom in the standings.

Their hard work finally paid off last time out when the Yorkshire outfit shocked second-placed Bristol City, beating them 3-1, and so the Toffees will be more than aware that they could be on the end of an upset too if their display isn't up to scratch.

Furthermore, after losing to bottom of the table Watford last time out, Everton will know the consequences of not performing. A draw with Millwall Lionesses preceded that defeat too, and the Toffees, like Durham, will be dying to bounce back.

Yeovil and Bristol also dropped points in their latest league games, the former drawing with Oxford United and the latter with Aston Villa. Therefore, they too are out to put things right too, with all of the top four fortunate that those around them dropped points last week as well as them; no-one able to seize an opportunity to leapfrog a rival or go clear at the top.

Yeovil assume the role of Goliath this Sunday, with Watford to take the form of David as top meets bottom. The Lady Glovers cannot be complacent though, having watched the Hornets defeat Everton.

Confidence will be high for the visitors after their first win, but it will be a tall order to ask them to repeat the heroics of two weeks ago.

Bristol, on the other hand, open up the weekend's action tomorrow evening by welcoming Millwall to the South West. The Lionesses are tough to break down and a determined group that always fight back, so the Vixens will need to take their chances and put the game to bed when and where possible.

Can Millwall frustrate Bristol on Saturday evening? (Photo: @carlo174)
Can Millwall frustrate Bristol on Saturday evening? (Photo: @carlo174)

One mid-table clash too close to call

The one remaining fixture for this weekend then sees London Bees welcome Oxford to the Hive - the scene of the biggest upset in the cup last week as the Bees defeated the WSL 1 champions, Chelsea.

The home side will be absolutely brimming with confidence after that victory, and they will need that to snap a streak of three successive draws.

After holding the leaders Yeovil to a draw in their last outing though, Oxford will be no easy task. Without a win in three games after facing Birmingham City in the cup and the top two in the league, the U's will be relishing the opportunity to play in a very winnable fixture.

Both teams have surprised the league this season after being expected to prop up the standings, and so we can expect a tight and exciting affair on Sunday afternoon.