Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Arsenal Women. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more
Tottenham Hotspur Women FC will host Arsenal Women FC in the Barclays Women’s Super League match at Brisbane Road Stadium. The fixture will take place on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 20:30 IST.
What can we expect this Saturday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.
Tottenham Hotspur News & Current Form:
Indubitably, Tottenham’s current campaign in the Women’s Super League has not been a shining example of their prowess. Positioned at a humble 9th spot, with a measly 5-point advantage over the relegation-battling Leicester City Women FC, the Lilywhites have found themselves in a rather precarious situation.
Recently, the Tottenham management made a resolute call to part ways with their erstwhile manager, Rehanne Skinner, in the wake of a debilitating 2 – 1 loss at the hands of Liverpool FC Women, marking their ninth consecutive setback in the league.
Following the dismissal of Rehanne Skinner, the reins of Tottenham were entrusted to her able assistant, Vicky Jepson, in an interim capacity. In an impressive display of her leadership skills, Jepson was able to bring an end to the club’s dismal spell in her maiden match at the helm. The Lilywhites secured a hard-fought 1 – 0 triumph over Leicester City, with the indomitable Bethany England clinching the decisive goal in the 65th minute.
With this crucial victory, Spurs managed to create a five-point buffer between themselves and the dreaded relegation spot. However, with seven crucial games still left to play, the team’s top-flight status hangs in the balance and remains far from assured. As Tottenham prepare to face their arch-rivals Arsenal this weekend, they will be brimming with ambition and determination to clinch their first-ever victory over the Gunners and cement their place in the upper echelons of the WSL.
Tottenham’s attacking struggles at their home turf have been well documented, with a paltry tally of five goals in seven league games. As they prepare to lock horns with their illustrious neighbors Arsenal, who have the best defensive record in the WSL having conceded only eight goals in 14 matches, the Lilywhites are acutely aware of the gargantuan task that lies ahead.
Adding to Tottenham’s woes are the injury concerns, with Kyah Simon, Ellie Brazil and Ria Percival, still recuperating from long-term setbacks. Furthermore, Jess Naz is expected to sit out due to an injury concern, while Mana Iwabuchi is ineligible to play against her parent club, having joined on loan from Arsenal earlier this year.
The availability of Shelina Zadorsky, who has missed the last three matches, remains uncertain and continues to be a cause for concern for the Spurs faithful ahead of the high-voltage North London derby on Saturday.
Saturday’s North London derby is poised to be a historic occasion for Kerys Harrop, as she is on the brink of an illustrious milestone. If the seasoned campaigner takes to the field, it will mark her 177th appearance in the WSL, a feat that will place her joint-top of the all-time standings alongside the likes of Gilly Flaherty and Kate Longhurst, who could also join her at the summit if she plays for West Ham United Women FC on Saturday.
Another player who could play a crucial role for Tottenham is the returning Kit Graham. The striker has recently made a comeback from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and has been utilized as a substitute in each of the last three WSL matches. In contrast, summer signing Ramona Petzelberger has seen limited game-time for Spurs, with her potential yet to be fully harnessed by the team.
The stakes could not be higher for both sides in this high-octane encounter. Arsenal is striving to claw their way back into the UEFA Women’s Champions League places, while Tottenham, under the stewardship of interim boss Vicky Jepson, is desperate to create breathing space between themselves and the teams at the bottom of the table. With everything to play for, the North London derby promises to be a pulsating spectacle, replete with twists and turns, and enough drama to keep the fans on the edge of their seats.
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Arsenal News & Current Form:
It was a momentous occasion for women’s football as the highly-anticipated North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur shattered the attendance record for the Barclays Women’s Super League. The Emirates Stadium played host to an astonishing 47,367 spectators on September 24th of last year, a testament to the growing popularity and mainstream appeal of the women’s game.
The previous record, set during the inaugural ‘Women’s Football Weekend’ campaign in November 2019, was also between the same two teams at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. A total of 38,262 fans were present to witness that historic encounter, which was then the highest attendance ever recorded for a WSL match.
This remarkable surge in interest and engagement is a clear indication of the significant strides that women’s football has taken in recent years and bodes well for the future of the sport. As the fanbase continues to expand and diversify, we can expect more such milestones to be reached, and the women’s game to reach even greater heights of success and recognition.
Kelly Simmons, the FA’s director for the women’s professional game, said:
“The atmosphere at The Emirates was absolutely incredible, and seeing 47,367 fans in the stadium shows just how much the women’s game has grown. I am delighted that we have seen such big interest in the league since the start of the season, which is a great credit to the clubs.”
“I hope this momentum can continue throughout the whole campaign and I encourage anyone to come along to a Barclays WSL match and be a part of this exciting league.”
However, Arsenal have faced some struggles with form following the winter break, particularly in the absence of top scorers Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema. The team has recorded draws against Chelsea FC Women and West Ham, and their second WSL defeat of the season came at the hands of Manchester City Women FC in a 2 – 1 loss.
Nonetheless, the Gunners will be looking to bounce back with a convincing win against their North London rivals, and reclaim their place among the top teams in the WSL.
As April approaches, Arsenal’s eyes are firmly fixed on their upcoming clashes with Manchester United Women FC and City. However, before they can turn their attention to those pivotal fixtures, the Gunners know that they must first navigate a potentially tricky encounter this weekend.
After picking up just a solitary point from their last two away games, the Arsenal side will be desperate to avoid any further slip-ups. Yet, they will take heart from their recent form which has seen them claim the Conti Cup with an impressive 3 – 1 victory over Chelsea, followed by two dominant WSL wins over Liverpool and Reading FC Women. With confidence on the up, Arsenal will be determined to keep their momentum going as they look to secure a top-three finish and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Arsenal will need to quickly regroup and refocus after their midweek defeat to FC Bayern Frauen in the Women’s Champions League (1 – 0). The Gunners will have an opportunity to turn the tie around in the second leg at the Emirates Stadium next week, but first, they must focus on their upcoming WSL fixtures.
Currently sitting three points behind the Champions League places, Arsenal will be aiming to secure maximum points from their remaining matches to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Manchester United. Despite their strong defensive record in the league, the Gunners will need to find a way to score more goals if they want to secure a top-three finish.
With the likes of Vivianne Miedema and Caitlin Foord leading the attack, Arsenal certainly have the firepower to score goals. However, they will need to be at their best defensively as well.
Despite the continued absence of Steph Catley due to injury, Arsenal have a strong squad to choose from for their upcoming matches. The addition of Jodie Taylor on a short-term deal provides the team with more attacking options, although she was not eligible to play in the recent Champions League quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich. However, she is expected to be available for selection in the upcoming WSL match.
With a busy schedule ahead, Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall may consider rotating his squad to keep players fresh and avoid injuries. This could give opportunities to players such as Victoria Pelova and Lina Hurtig to start. Both players have shown their quality and could make significant contributions to the team.
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Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Arsenal Women Head-To-Head Record:
- March 27, 2021: Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 3 Arsenal (English Football Association Women’s Super League);
- August 8, 2021: Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 4 Arsenal (International Club Friendlies);
- September 29, 2021: Arsenal 5 – 1 (English Football Association Women’s Cup);
- November 13, 2021: Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Arsenal (English Football Association Women’s Super League);
- May 4, 2022: Arsenal 3 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur (English Football Association Women’s Super League);
- September 24, 2022: Arsenal 4 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur English Football Association Women’s Super League).
Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Arsenal Women Predicted XI:
Tottenham Hotspur’s possible starting lineup (4-4-2): Korpela; Neville, Turner, Bartrip, Harrop; Ayane, James, Spence, Summanen; England, Karczewska.
Arsenal’s possible starting lineup (4-3-3): Zinsberger; Wienroither, Williamson, Rafaelle, McCabe; Maanum, Little, Walti; Pelova, Hurtig, Blackstenius.
Statistical preview of the match Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Arsenal Women:
- Arsenal’s First XI average age is 27.8 yrs.
- Tottenham scored 0.71 goals per match at home on average.
- Arsenal score 2 goals per match away on average.
- Tottenham concede 1.86 goals per match at home on average.
- Arsenal concede 0.5 goals per game away on average.
- Tottenham have achieved just 1 win in their 10 most recent games in the Women’s Super League.
- Spurs’ most scoring players – Beth England (6), Drew Spence (3), Ashleigh Neville (3).
- Arsenal’s most scoring players – Frida Maanum (5), Stina Blackstenius (5), Vivianne Miedema (4).
What has been said before the match:
Interim coach of Spurs, Vucky Jepson, about the change of coach in the team and how it affected the players:
“We all did love Rehanne and she built some fantastic foundations here and professionalized the club to get us to where we are. To see her exit the building yesterday was obviously a tough pill to swallow but every single one of us will be so grateful and we’ll never forget the great things she did at this club.”
“Once we addressed those emotions yesterday and this morning, we had to get the game face on, because we’ve got a game tomorrow night and the show doesn’t stop in football. “
“The motivation now is we’ve just lost our manager and that’s not easy to take. When results aren’t going your way there are consequences and it’s always the manager that gets hit with those consequences.”
“The girls are feeling responsible for that and they want to put it right. I know they will turn up ready for that fight. We’ve reflected and actually, there are so many positives we can look back on.”
“It’s about going forwards now, not dwelling on the past, because we have to rewrite our future and make sure we stay in the WSL. It’s an important game but everyone is and no game is easy. We’re ready for the fight.”
Arsenal coach Jonas Eidevall about the team’s latest performance and overall state of players:
“I thought the Conti Cup Final was really good. I think our performances after that against Liverpool and Reading have also shown that we’re a team that’s in a good place right now.”
“I don’t know if this is good or bad but I felt with the preparation lately, I have had a feeling of sharing less information with the players because I’m more sure that we know what to do in situations.”
“Let’s hope it’s a good sign and not a sign of false security. I choose to believe in the first one.”
“The only way to develop quality is by spending time on something. If you’re going to have shared understanding and experiences, you have to live through things together. I can’t see any shortcuts for that.”
Tottenham Hotspur Women vs Arsenal Women Prediction:
The history of the rivalry between the teams will add some fire to this encounter, meaning that as soon as the first goal is scored, the momentum swings to the maximum. Especially if the visitors, who approach the match as favourites, get the opener. As Spurs will then go all-in desperately to try their best to change the fatal outcome. After all, Tottenham are in terrible form, with four losses in a row while their defence (the third worst in the league) has been a letdown.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are scoring at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 games. A spectacular FA WSL Cup win over WSL leaders Chelsea is under their belt. Feeling particularly confident in London, the Gunners will try to get back into the top 3 by beating their weakened neighbours.
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Parimatch News staff prediction:
We say: Arsenal will win and the match total will be over 2.5 – Yes.