The FA Women’s Super League returns this weekend bigger and better as 12 clubs fight it out across the nine-month campaign. The expanded top-flight welcomes the arrival of Tottenham and Manchester United, but will they be competing for glory in their debut seasons come May. Both sides certainly face a strong side on the opening weekend in two of the three mouth-watering derbies in store to kick off the season.
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Manchester City bragging rights are at stake at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, while Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea. It’s the first time that Women’s Super League matches will be staged at Premier League grounds, an evidence of the game’s growing popularity and the commitment of the FA and clubs.
The third derby of the weekend sees reigning champions Arsenal host West Ham at Meadow Park. Last season’s fourth-place finishers Birmingham City host Everton, Brighton are at Bristol City, while Liverpool face Reading.
The audience of the Women’s Super League is expected to reach even greater levels this season, with matches being broadcast overseas for the first time. The FA have struck a three-year deal with Sky Mexico and Scandinavian broadcaster NENT which will see the competition shown live in Mexico, Central America, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
The six-figure revenues will be reinvested into further broadcasting of women’s football, largely through the development of the FA’s own global streaming service which will provide free-to-air streams for more than 150 matches.
Man City vs Man Utd: WSL prediction, TV, live stream – FA Women’s Super League 2019-20 preview.
Man City vs Man Utd
FA Women’s Super League 2019-20
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Saturday, 7th September, 2019
Kick-off time: 5pm EAT
Manchester United kick off life in the top flight of English women’s football with a tough test against Manchester City at the Etihad. The Premier League ground will host Saturday’s derby clash between the two Manchester clubs.
Manchester United Women formed just 15 months ago and won promotion to the WSL after a superb 2018-19 campaign with Casey Stoney in charge.
Arsenal vs West Ham: WSL Prediction,TV, live stream – FA Women’s Super League 2019-20 preview.
Arsenal vs West Ham
FA Women’s Super League 2019-20
Venue: Meadow Park, Borehamwood
Date: Sunday, 8th September, 2019
Kick-off time: 4:30pm EAT
Arsenal kick off their Women’s Super League title defence at home to West Ham on Sunday, the Gunners finished seven points ahead of Manchester City last term, and will be looking for their second WSL title in a row – and the fourth in their history – this term.
West Ham are aiming to improve on a seventh-placed finish last time around.
The matches will be televised live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting from 2:30pm BST.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
The FA Player – a new global streaming service – which will provide free access to over 150 games this season.