Women’s Super League fixtures and previews

Team news and stats for the latest round of the WSL, with three games on Sunday, including Birmingham vs Arsenal live on Sky.

Birmingham City vs Arsenal – Sunday, 2pm, live on Sky Sports

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Birmingham could see Lucy Quinn return to the starting line-up as the hosts look to bounce back from a poor 2-0 defeat to Leicester, who leapfrogged them off the bottom of the WSL table last time out.

Arabella Suttie remains absent for the Blues.

Tobin Heath and Leah Williamson are still sidelined for Arsenal, while more names are missing with Caitlin Foord, Lydia Williams and Steph Catley away at the Asia Cup.

Brighton vs Man City – Sunday, 12pm

Manchester City icons Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze are in contention to feature in Sunday’s Women’s Super League trip to Brighton.

City, who haven’t played since their mid-December 3-2 victory at Birmingham, have been boosted by the return of England skipper Houghton, who is back in training after several months out with an Achilles injury.

Fellow Lioness Bronze, who was due to return for City before Christmas, is in line to make her long-awaited return to first-team action.

City boss Gareth Taylor revealed two unnamed players will be absent after returning positive Covid-19 tests, while Esme Morgan (leg), Ellie Roebuck (calf), and Chloe Kelly (knee) remain long-term absentees.

Brighton could hand debuts to new signings Julia Zigiotti and Emma Kullberg after their moves from BK Hacken were completed this week.

Netherlands international Inessa Kaagman could make her return to the starting line-up after missing Brighton’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on December 12.

Reading vs Leicester City – Sunday, 2pm

Sanne Troelsgaard Nielsen, a December signing for Reading, is likely to be included but may not find a way straight into the starting line-up for Leicester’s visit.

Deanna Cooper and Rachel Rowe will definitely miss out with injury, so Kelly Chambers could name the same side which stunned Chelsea in their last game before Christmas.

Leicester have more significant problems, with Lachante Paul, Kirstie Levell and Connie Scofield all sidelined. Missy Goodwin and Freya Gregory have been signed this week and may be in line for debuts from the start.

How to follow the WSL on Sky Sports

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports with up to 35 games shown exclusively live. The deal covers the next three seasons and has seen the WSL added to Sky Sports’ flagship offerings.

The current Sky Sports Barclays FA WSL presenter line-up is led by presenter Caroline Barker and includes expert pundit Karen Carney and reporter Lynsey Hooper with commentators Jacqui Oatley and Seb Hutchinson. Jessica Creighton also hosts the Inside the WSL show, aired every Thursday.

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Here’s how to follow across Sky Sports:

Sky Sports – All 35 games will be available across Sky Sports’ flagship channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Sky Sports News – Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week Barclays FA WSL fans can enjoy Sky Sports News (channel 409) rolling editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.

Inside the WSL – Hosted by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jessica Creighton, Inside the WSL is a comprehensive round-up of all things Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly from Thursday, September 9 on Sky Sports Premier League, the half an hour show will review and preview matches, include in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Viewers can expect gripping behind-the-scenes access as well as a summary of all the action both on and off the pitch.

Sky Sports Digital – Keep up with the latest analysis, features and interviews on the Sky Sports app and SkySports.com. Follow action from each game and stay up-to-date with the latest scores, plus in-game clips and free match highlights available.

Sky Sports Social – Alongside coverage and visibility for the league across all Sky Sports’ main social media channels, a new bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.

Sky Showcase – All Sky customers will benefit from being able to watch the opening weekend fixtures on Sky Showcase (channel 106) without a Sky Sports subscription. This newly branded channel is designed to curate some of the top shows, films and sports from across Sky’s channels and will highlight Sky Sports’ coverage of Manchester United vs Reading on Friday, September 3 at 7pm, followed by Arsenal vs Chelsea on Sunday, September 5 at 11.30am for the opening weekend.

Source : Sky Sports