Matildas Abroad Preview: Damallsvenskan title goes down to the wire

It’s a big weekend of fixtures as the FA WSL standings begin to take shape, and the Damallsvenskan title race goes down to the final day.

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Read our preview of the CommBank Matildas in action abroad.


Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham get the weekend’s fixtures underway, travelling to Manchester to take on United on Sunday, 11pm AEDT. It will be a tough challenge for Arnold against a United side that scored seven goals in the Conti Cup midweek, but with the form that she has been in for club and country, she will back herself to help the Hammers to a result.

West Ham goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold celebrates with her team mates after saving a penalty. (Photo: Jacques Feeney / Offside.)

Australia’s other goalkeeper in the WSL, Teagan Micah, will travel with her Liverpool team to North London to take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, 11.30pm AEDT. Both teams have exceeded expectations so far this season and will be hoping to continue their good runs in the league.

On Monday, 12am AEDT, Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy’s Manchester City take on Charlie Rule’s Brighton & Hove Albion. Both Australians were rested from the starting lineup as City defeated Liverpool in the Conti Cup midweek, but are expected to play a big role in the match. Meanwhile, Rule is a consistent feature off the bench for Brighton in the WSL this season as she continues to learn and grow in the WSL.

Meanwhile, at the same time – Monday, 12am AEDTSam Kerr’s Chelsea will travel to Liverpool to take on Clare Wheeler’s Everton. Chelsea go into the game hot favourites but with a point to prove after news this week that long-time coach Emma Hayes will be departing at the end of the season. Kerr is a consistent feature in Chelsea starting lineups, while Wheeler will be hoping to continue her run in Everton’s first team and build on her good form from the national team.

The final game featuring Australians will be on Monday, 5.45am AEDT as Courtney Nevin’s Leicester City takes on Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross’s Arsenal. Fresh off giving Cooney-Cross her first start midweek in the Conti Cup, the Gunners will be searching for their fourth win of the season that could catapult them as high as second on the ladder. Meanwhile, Nevin will be part of the defence tasked with stopping them.

Aimee Palmer of Leicester City celebrates scoring the first goal for Leicester City with Sophie Howard and Courtney Nevin during the Barclays Women’s Super League match between Bristol City and Leicester City. (Photo: Leicester City FC)

You can watch all of the WSL live on Optus Sport.


It is the final round of the Damallsvenskan season and all games will be held on Sunday, 12am AEDT.

Hammarby and Aivi Luik's BK Häcken are locked on the top of the ladder with 56 points each. Hammarby possess a greater goal difference by three, and have scored more goals - meaning that if both teams win on the weekend, Häcken will have to win by a margin of four or more greater than Hammarby's winning margin. 

Put simply, Luik's side will be hoping that 9th-placed Norrköping are able to take points off Hammarby. BK Häcken, meanwhile, play a fourth-placed Piteä side all but out of contention for European places. After playing all 90 minutes in their game last week, Luik is expected to play a major role in the final game of the season.

Häckens Aivi Luik during the Damallsvenskan football match between Häcken and Örebro on July 7, 2023 in Gothenburg.

Elsewhere in the league, Amy Sayer's Kristianstads DFF will host Linköping. 21-year-old Sayer will be hoping to finish the season with a starting appearance and a win for her side.

Finally, Katrina Gorry, Charli Grant and Clare Polkinghorne's Vittsjö will travel to play KIF Örebro DFF. All three CommBank Matildas have played a huge role in the club's season, and will play big roles in attempting to finish on a high.

You can tune in to the final round of the Damallsvenskan on viaplay.


CommBank Matildas will be in action for the first, and final, games of Division 1 Feminine.

Ellie Carpenter's Lyon will take on Montpellier on Saturday, 7am AEDT, after dismantling title challengers Paris FC last week. Carpenter is expected to continue her role at right-back that involves both defensive duties, and helping in possession.

On Monday, 7am AEDT, Clare Hunt's PSG will take on Dijon. Hunt is expected to start at centre-back for the Parisians as they look to continue their good start to the season.

You can watch Division 1 Feminine via FFF TV


Real Madrid will host Sociedad on Saturday, 6am AEDT. Hayley Raso did not feature in last week's matchday squad but is expected to be available this week to attempt to add to her one goal in the league so far this season.

Tune in for free on the DAZN YouTube Channel.


Alex Chidiac's Tigres UANL play against UNAM in the first leg of the Apertura quarter-finals on Saturday, 1pm AEDT. It is the first of two legs in the quarter-final. The overall winner of the two-legged will play in a semi-final next week. 

Alex Chidiac training with Tigres.

Chidiac is expected to be available for Tigres and will be hoping to crack into the starting lineup for the all-important finals fixtures.