Matildas Abroad: Aussie derby in FA WSL

It's a jampacked weekend of football across Europe and the Westfield Matildas are in the thick of the action at their respective clubs.

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England

Arsenal will look to continue their winning form as they take on Birmingham City. The Gunners defeated Aston Villa 4-0 last weekend with Westfield Matilda Lydia Williams keeping a clean sheet in the result. Caitlin Foord made a cameo off the bench.

Joe Montemurro’s side sit in fourth in the league and will want to build confidence with a win as they head into some big matches at the end of this month.

Tottenham and Alanna Kennedy will face a stern test against Brighton when the pair meet in the league this weekend. Brighton is on a two game winning run while Spurs are looking to arrest a three game losing streak.

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Hayley Raso’s Everton take on a Manchester City who played only days ago in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The Toffees were 3-2 winners against Tottenham in their last hit out and are undefeated in three.

Gareth Taylor’s team meanwhile are unbeaten in the league since October 2020.

Chelsea are in the middle of four games in 11 days. After beating Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, the Blues travel across town to take on West Ham in the FA WSL. Sam Kerr had a field day the last time these sides met in the league, notching her first hat trick for Chelsea in a 3-2 win.


This time around her Westfield Matildas team mates Emily van Egmond and Mackenzie Arnold will be hoping for a quieter performance from Kerr and the whole Chelsea attack as they search for their first league win since mid-December.

Spain

Aivi Luik and Sevilla travel to Valencia in this eighth vs ninth battle. Luik’s team are undefeated in three while Valencia enter the match with a mixed bag of results.

Netherlands

Last week PSV lost on penalties to FC Twente in the Eredivisie Women’s Cup. But they will look to bounce back in the Eredivisie Vrouwen. After a delay to return of the league due to weather, Amy Harrison, Kyah Simon, and PSV take on PEC Zwolle.

The sides have met in numerous competitions in the last month with PSV getting wins in both the KNVB Cup and the Eredivisie Women’s Cup.