WSL 1 - Week Five Preview: Top two face each other in an exciting week ahead

Will Manchester City inflict further woe on the Blues? Or will Chelsea make it five out of five in the league?

WSL 1 - Week Five Preview: Top two face each other in an exciting week ahead
WSL1 Week 5 Preview. | Image credit: VAVEL

The FA Women's Super League enters it's fifth week, and there's a lot to play for this week, including a potential title decider. We take a brief look at the fixtures coming up.

Liverpool - Sunderland

Both teams go into this game needing all three points to kickstart their campaign, with Liverpool having faded away after a good start to the season and Sunderland winless in the four games they've played. Sunderland's last game was a 1-1 draw at Reading, while Liverpool lost 6-3 against Chelsea, in what possibly could be the game of the season to date.

Both teams have already played each other this season, with Sunderland midfielder Brooke Chaplen scoring a brace to ensure her side rescued a point after going 2-0 down at the Select Security Stadium. Liverpool will be on the lookout for PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year, Beth Mead who has already scored twice in the league this season.

Chelsea - Manchester City

A lot is on stake in this top of the table clash, with both sides yet to be beaten this season. They locked horns in the FA Women's Cup this year, with Fran Kirby's last minute goal knocking the visitors out of the competition. Chelsea lost in the final of the cup against Arsenal on Saturday, while Manchester City thrashed Doncaster Belles 6-0 in their last league game. Chelsea will most definitely keep an eye on in-form City striker Jane Ross, who has been one of the signings of the season.

Can Chelsea bounce back from cup final despair? | Image: Chloe Leadbeater - VAVEL
Can Chelsea bounce back from cup final despair? | Image: Chloe Leadbeater - VAVEL

Birmingham - Reading

Newly promoted Reading have found life tough in the top tier, managing to collect just two points in the first five games. Both of those points came in draws against Sunderland. Brmingham, however have hit a good run of form of late, getting all three points at the expense of Doncaster Belles and Notts, and also managing a 0-0 draw away to FA Cup winners Arsenal. 19-year-old Sophie Baggaley, who has conceded only one goal in her last three games, will definitely be looking to help Birmingham continue their mini-renaissance in Berkshire.

Doncaster Belles - Arsenal

FA WSL 2 winners Doncaster Belles are rooted to the bottom of the table with no wins, having conceded twelve goals in three games, the last six of which came at the CFA Stadium. Last season's top scorer Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's injury has not helped matters one bit, and they will need to out perform an Arsenal side who lifted the FA Cup in the weekend, to have a chance of getting anything out of the game.

The Gunners are the favourites to win the game and now turn their attention to the league, hoping to get back in the title race. In-form winger Danielle Carter will be the one to watch out for, her superb solo goal against Chelsea the difference.

Birmingham - Notts County

The Blues have collected seven points in their last three games, including a draw away to Arsenal, and lie just below the Gunners on number of goals scored. Manager David Parker has been delighted with Birmingham's performances, and will be hoping for some of the same against a difficult Notts side Both these teams met ten days ago in the league, with Emily Westwood's header in the 69th minute earning her side a valuable away win.