Team news and stats for the final round of the WSL, with three games on Sunday, including Birmingham vs Arsenal live on Sky.
Birmingham City vs Arsenal – Sunday, 14, live Sky Sports
Sunday 9 January 13:30
Birmingham could see Lucy Quinn return to the starting lineup as the hosts try to recover from a scant 2-0 defeat to Leicester, which last time bypassed them from the bottom of the WSL rankings.
Arabella Suttie remains absent for the Blues.
Tobin Heath and Leah Williamson are still out of the game Arsenal, while more names are missing with Caitlin Foord, Lydia Williams and Steph Catley away to the Asian Cup.
Brighton vs Man City – Sunday, 12:00
Manchester City icons Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze are vying for Sunday’s Women’s Super League trip to Brighton.
City, who had not played since their 3-2 win in Birmingham in mid-December, were encouraged by the return of English skipper Houghton, who has returned to training after several months out with an Achilles tendon injury.
Colleague Leonessa Bronze, who was due to return to City before Christmas, is vying to make her long-awaited return to the first team.
City boss Gareth Taylor has revealed that two unnamed players will be absent after returning positive tests at Covid-19, while Esme Morgan (leg), Ellie Roebuck (calf) and Chloe Kelly (knee) remain absent for the long term.
Brighton could debut new acquisitions Julia Zigiotti and Emma Kullberg after their transfers from BK Hacken are completed this week.
Dutch international Inessa Kaagman could return to the starting lineup after missing Brighton’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on 12 December.
Reading vs Leicester City – Sunday, 2pm
Sanne Troelsgaard Nielsen, a December signing for Reading, is likely to be included but may not find a way to directly enter the starting lineup for the Leicester visit.
Deanna Cooper and Rachel Rowe are sure to be missing through injury, so Kelly Chambers could name the same team that stunned Chelsea in their last game before Christmas.
Leicester they have more significant issues, with Lachante Paul, Kirstie Levell and Connie Scofield all sidelined. Missy Goodwin and Freya Gregory were signed this week and could be in the running for their debut right from the start.
How to follow the WSL on Sky Sport
The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports with up to 35 matches broadcast live exclusively. The deal covers the next three seasons and has seen the WSL added to Sky Sports’ flagship offerings.
The current lineup of Sky Sports Barclays FA WSL presenters is led by presenter Caroline Barker and includes seasoned seasoned Karen Carney and journalist Lynsey Hooper with commentators Jacqui Oatley and Seb Hutchinson. Jessica Creighton also hosts the Within the WSL show, broadcast every Thursday.
Here’s how to follow on Sky Sports:
Sky Sport – All 35 games will be available on Sky Sports’ flagship channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
Sky Sport News – Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Barclays FA WSL fans can enjoy Sky Sports News (channel 409) editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.
Within the WSL – Presented by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jessica Creighton, Within the WSL is a comprehensive recap of everything related to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly from Thursday 9 September on Sky Sports Premier League, the half-hour show will review and preview matches, include in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Spectators can expect thrilling behind-the-scenes access and a recap of all the action both on and off the pitch.
Sky Sports digital – Keep up to date with the latest analytics, features and interviews on the Sky Sports app and SkySports.com. Follow the action of each game and stay up to date with the latest scores, plus free game clips and match highlights available.
Sky Sport Social – In addition to the coverage and visibility of the championship on all the main Sky Sports social channels, a new tailor-made Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL it will be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.
Showcase of the sky – All Sky customers will benefit from the opportunity to watch the matches of the opening weekend on Sky Showcase (channel 106) without a Sky Sport subscription. This brand new channel is designed to curate some of the best shows, movies and sports from all Sky channels and will highlight Manchester United vs Reading Sky Sports coverage on Friday 3rd September at 7pm, followed by Arsenal vs Chelsea on Sunday September 5 at 11:30 for the opening weekend.