Are you in the dumps because there is no EPL action this weekend due to the international break? Well then, I have a suggestion to cure your blues. No it’s not to watch international games because unless it’s your own country or a major tournament or Iceland, they are all kinda eh. My suggestion women’s premier league.
This Sunday at 10am Chelsea play Arsenal in a match of two of the title favorites. The match will be a measuring stick for both clubs, as they will want to get a leg up in the title race. FYI, you can watch it for free, there’s an app for that. FA Player (swear I’m not sponsored but hey I’d take a sponsorship for some sort of weekly thing)
Arsenal currently sit joint top of the table with Manchester City ahead of Chelsea by 2 points. Taking 3 wins from 3 in the league as well as starting their campaign with 6 wins in 6 in all competition they will be full of confidence. They have allowed just one goal in all matches this year, giving them a very impressive defensive record. What makes this more impressive is that through the start of the year, they have missing some key pieces. Vivianne Miedama has started rounding into form again after a long summer at the Women’s Worlds Cup for the Netherlands. Last year in this fixture she carved Chelsea apart so she will be looking to continue her success against the Blues.
Emma Hayes brings Chelsea against her former club (she was an assistant there from 2006-2008). She has been extremely well respected at the club and even with both fan bases, there were some calls for her to be given a shot with the men’s team this season. She brings a team that has been hit by the injury hug to start this campaign. A big loss for them in this match is having Millie Bright our. Bright has been a key cog in the defense over the past couple of season. Missing her against what can be a potent Arsenal attack will be rough. The brighter side for Chelsea is Fran Kirby seems to be healthy again and can slot into an attack that can match the best in Europe. Cuthbert, England, Reiten, and Kirby together can give defenses nightmares.
I think this will be entertaining as hell so again, why not give the women’s top flight in England a chance. It’s an app download and registration away (again not sponsored). I know, only giving you about an hour to prep for this, but the game will be over before the Sunday slate of international matches (and American football games). Give it a shot, and maybe you’ll stick around for more.