Aston Villa vs Arsenal Women's Super League preview: team news, predicted line-ups, ones to watch and how to watch
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Aston Villa welcome Arsenal to Banks's Stadium on Sunday for a Women's Super League game that initially would have been played on January 9. This is the fourth attempt to play this fixture that has been cursed by postponements due to Covid-19 and weather-related issues.

Before the international break, Villa were scheduled to play Birmingham City. However, that game was postponed due to a frozen pitch. The Villans have therefore had a three-week break from any games since their 1-0 win over Tottenham. Villa will host Arsenal in their fourth home game in a row. 

Arsenal come into this fixture a little wounded after crucial losses v league leaders Chelsea and second-placed Manchester City. The Gunners might have a mental advantage, more on themselves than on Villa, with the fact that they have won 15 of their last 17 Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches against newly-promoted opposition. 

  • Team news

Arsenal have been very injury prone during the season but for this clash, it seems that Joe Montemurro will have both Jordan Nobbs and Jen Beattie back for team selection. Caitlin Foord is back in training but is still closely monitored and will most likely not be fit enough for this weekend. Kim Little, Viki Schnaderbeck and Steph Catley are all still assumed to be left out with ongoing rehabilitation for different types of injuries. Though Little is set to make her comeback next weekend against Birmingham City.

  • Predicted lineups

Aston Villa

Weiss (GK)
Ale, N'Dow, Asante, Haigh
Hayles, Ewers, Haywood, Hanssen
Iwabuchi, Larsen


Zinsberger (GK)
Maritz, Williamson, Wubben-Moy, McCabe
Roord, Wälti, van de Donk
Mead, Nobbs

  • Ones to watch

Mana Iwabuchi's stunning brace was the difference last time around for the Villans v Tottenham.  The win gave Villa something to hold onto as they look to climb further up the table to avoid relegation. To add more spice to this fixture Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro has confirmed that the Gunners tried to sign the Japanese creative midfielder last season. 

Vivianne Miedema is looking out to both increase and minimizes the gaps to her rivals in this fixture.  Increasing the gap towards top goal scorers competitors Fran Kirby (11 goals) and Sam Kerr (11 goals) by adding a couple of more goals to her own track record. The Dutch will also most probably want to minimize the gap to current third-placed and UWCL spot holders Manchester United.  

This game will be shown live on the FA Player, kick off time 14:00 GMT.