2016 Women’s Super League: Here’s everything you need to know ahead of kick off

first_img Chelsea are looking to retain the Women’s Super League title this season 3 3 Who are the favourites this season?Last term the title was won in dramatic fashion, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all in with a chance of lifting the trophy on the final day of the season. It was the former who were named champions, beating Sunderland 4-0 to claim a domestic double having also sealed the FA Cup.This trio are expected to again be battling at the top but all eyes are fixed on City, who have invested heavily in their squad since joining the WSL in 2014, to deliver.Who might struggle?Newly-promoted Doncaster Rovers and Reading could predictably find life at this level challenging. Interestingly, both sides face one another on the final day of the season, in what could be a key battle at the bottom of the table. They will, however, take inspiration from Sunderland’s quick start to life after making the step up. Liverpool, following a difficult last season, could again struggle. Despite promoting Scott Rogers from assistant to manager and making nine signings in the summer, bringing the average age of the squad down to 23, losing key pair Fara Williams and Asisat Oshoala to rivals Arsenal has been a major blow.Who should we look out for? Sunderland striker Beth Mead finished top scorer last season with 12 goals to her name. At only 20-years-old, excitement is rising over her future at club and international level. If she can continue her goalscoring form, it won’t be long before she becomes a regular in the senior England side.center_img The 2016 Women’s Super League gets underway tonight.Here, we provide all the crucial details ahead of kick off…When does it start?The 2016 WSL begins this evening, with the opening fixtures taking place on Wednesday 23 March and Thursday 24 March.Who kicks off against who?The opening fixtures are as follows:Wednesday 23 MarchManchester City v Notts County – Academy Stadium – 19:00 kick offLiverpool v Birmingham City – Select Security Stadium – 19:30 kick offArsenal v Reading – Boreham Wood FC – 19:45 kick offThursday 24 MarchDoncaster Rovers Belles v Chelsea – Keepmoat Stadium – 19:45 kick offSaturday 26 MarchSunderland v Reading – Hetton Centre – 18:00 kick offWhat happened last season?Sunderland were the surprise package of last term, spending the opening few weeks at the top of the table before drifting off amid the challenge from Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.As for the title, it went down to the wire, with the above all in contention. Here’s how proceedings finished: Is there TV coverage?BT Sport continue as the leading broadcast partner of the FA WSL.TV schedule, so far, is as follows:Doncaster Rovers Belles v Chelsea7.15pm, 24 March (BT Sport 1)Manchester City v Arsenal2.30pm, 28 March (BT Sport 1)Arsenal v Chelsea7.15pm, 21 April (BT Sport 1)Sunderland v Manchester City7.15pm, 29 April (BT Sport 2/BTEX1)Notts County v Liverpool3pm, 2 May (BT Sport 1)Birmingham City v Reading7.15pm, 19 May (BT Sport EU/BTEX1)Chelsea v Sunderland7.15pm, 25 May (BT Sport 1)last_img

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