Arsenal are back in WSL action on Sunday as they host Bristol City at home at Meadow Park, looking to keep pace with Chelsea and Manchester City. The Gunners met Bristol City in the Continental Cup 10 days ago, and ran out 7-0 winners, and similar dominance wouldn’t go amiss as the Gunners look to close the gap in goal difference with the top two. But, as with last weekend’s fixture against Liverpool, three point will be Joe Montemurro’s first aim, especially as Chelsea and Manchester City have winnable fixtures.
Bristol City are 10th, with only three points from seven games. Unlike Liverpool, City have been leaky, giving up 17 goals in 7 games, the worst defence in the league. Bristol City haven’t won this season, with three draws and four losses, and have scored five goals in their seven games; a recipe for a relegation fight. Bristol City are focusing on the league, hence heavy rotation when they last played Arsenal, and starting players Carla Humphrey, an Arsenal academy product, and Ebony Salmon, a bright prospect on loan from Manchester United, only playing 45 minutes.
Katie McCabe could be out, after being substituted at half-time last weekend with an ankle problem. With Emma Mitchell and Katrine Veje doubts, Leonie Maier could play left back on Sunday—a role she used to great effect when the two teams met in the League Cup. Lia Wälti should return to the lineup. Jordan Nobbs isn’t back to her best yet, and Jill Roord, who played well against Liverpool, could start instead.
Key Player: Kim Little
Arsenal’s captain has been in spectacular form in recent weeks, scoring the winning goal at Tottenham, and being influential in subsequent matches. Little’s ability to evade pressure helped as Arsenal found their build-up disrupted by pressure put on by Spurs and Liverpool, with Little dropping deeper to help evade the press and allow Arsenal’s midfield to rotate. Little has scored 8 goals this season in all competitions.
Arsenal Women vs Bristol City Women
Sunday, December 1, 2019
KO: 12:30 PM GMT/7:30 AM EST/4:30 AM PST
TV: BBC Red Button (UK)
Stream: FAPlayer.tv, BBC iPlayer (UK only)