Matildas Abroad Preview: Aussies meet in France, Dutch Cup action returns

Two of Australia's young stars Ellie Carpenter and Mary Fowler clash in the Feminine Division 1, while an eventful Continental Cup semi-final leaves multiple Westfield Matildas in need of a positive result in the league.

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Alanna Kennedy’s Tottenham Hotspur start off the FA Women’s Super League game week on Saturday night (11:30pm AEDT), heading north on Motorway 40 to face Aston Villa. The Villains have suffered some heavy defeats recently to the league’s strongest sides, if Tottenham aspire to be a force this season, they must match their competitors and win handsomely this weekend.

Speaking of matches where a side is expected to win, it would be a large shock if Chelsea FC are unable to record three points at home against Brighton and Hove Albion (Monday 1am AEDT). Sam Kerr’s side head in with the possibility of increasing their lead at the top to three points with a League Cup final also on the horizon after defeating West Ham 6-0 in the semi final during the week.

Heading to the north side of London and the match of the round will undoubtedly be Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City (Monday 1:30am AEDT).

With the top-three securing European football next campaign, the slim margin between third place City and fourth place Arsenal adds extra intensity to an already charged match. Our eyes will be on Caitlin Foord, with the striker needing to excel in high pressure matches, with plenty coming in the next few years for club and country.

After defeat to Manchester United, Hayley Raso and Everton FC have drifted further away from the European places. Their match against Birmingham City (Monday 1am AEDT), now shapes as a must win for the Toffees, if they are to remain in the hunt for continental competition next season.

Rounding off the action in England is West Ham and Bristol City (Monday 2am AEDT). Both sides had very contrasted results during the week, with Emily Van Egmond and Mackenzie Arnold’s Hammers battered 6-0 in the League Cup to Chelsea. On the other hand, Chloe Logarzo’s former side Bristol City put aside their poor results in the Super League, reaching their first cup final. Despite their low placing, expect Bristol to provide a good challenge to our two Aussies.


The final match-day before the league goes into a two-week hiatus will provide an exciting contest between two Westfield Matildas from two strong French sides.

Sunday morning (1:15am AEDT) is the time for Ellie Carpenter’s Olympique Lyonnais against Mary Fowler’s Montpellier. The defending French champions are struggling to knock PSG off top-spot and dropping any further points will not aid in that effort. Montpellier on the other hand, sit just outside the European spots, with a victory vital to stay within six points of the top three.

Ellie Carpenter in action for OL


Amy Harrison will have the opportunity to debut this weekend in the KNVB Beker Cup, the Dutch equivalent of the FA Cup, when her side PSV Eindhoven host PEC Zwolle. The quarter finals take place just one week before the resumption of the Eredivisie season, with the match being useful preparation for a team fighting for the title.

Harrison PSV


Aivi Luik’s Sevilla FC side will take the peculiar trip to the small village of Eibar for their Primera Division match (Sunday 10pm AEDT). The Seville outfit have dropped crucial points in their last four games, with Eibar now sitting just three points behind Luik’s side. Sevilla, who club with such a grand history, will look to avoid being overtaken by a small town club like Eibar.

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