Your essential guide to Spurs v United Women
The Women’s Super League is back this weekend after the international break, with Manchester United Women set to resume our rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur.
The North Londoners were promoted in second place behind the Reds from the FA Women’s Championship last season and will have a point to prove when the teams go head-to-head on Sunday, with United having won both fixtures in 2018/19.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game...
HOW CAN I WATCH IT?
Sunday’s clash, which kicks off at 12:30 BST, will be broadcast live on TV, via the BBC Red Button and online, through BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website. We’ll be providing regular updates through our official Twitter account @ManUtdWomen, before a match report is published on ManUtd.com and on our Official App. MUTV will be showing the full 90 minutes at 14:30 BST while video highlights will also be available on the website.
WHERE IS THE GAME TAKING PLACE?
After two successive home fixtures at Leigh Sports Village, the Reds are back on the road this weekend. We travel to The Hive Stadium, home to Barnet FC, in Canons Park. It’s our first match there against Spurs, who moved to the ground ahead of this season after previously playing at the Cheshunt Stadium. However, our Women have experienced The Hive once before, defeating London Bees 5-0 there during our Championship-winning campaign. Mollie Green (2), Millie Turner, Lauren James and Ella Toone made it on to the scoresheet that day.
Casey Stoney will be hoping to welcome summer signing Jackie Groenen back to the side after the Dutch international missed the Arsenal and Liverpool matches, as well as two Netherlands’ internationals, with injury. The Reds are also waiting on the fitness of Abbie McManus, who withdrew from the England squad for the friendlies against Brazil and Portugal. Goalkeepers Emily Ramsey and Fran Bentley are still missing with long-term injuries, while Siobhan Chamberlain is taking a break from football while expecting her first child. Tottenham’s Gemma Davison, signed from Reading in the summer, suffered a significant medial ankle ligament injury in training last week and will miss Sunday’s match.
A LOOK AT THE OPPOSITION
Spurs have taken to life well in the Women’s Super League and currently sit fifth in the table, one place above United, with six points after three games. They were narrowly defeated 1-0 at Chelsea in their opener but recorded a narrow home win over bottom side Liverpool the following week, thanks to Rachel Furness’s penalty. After a disappointing 4-0 loss to Reading in the FA Women's Continental League Cup, Spurs bounced back in fine style, with goals from Rianna Dean and Lucy Quinn powering them to a two-goal victory over rivals West Ham.
Tottenham are familiar opponents for Casey Stoney’s side, with the Londoners pushing United close in the Women’s Championship for much of last season. A 4-1 win at Leigh Sports Village when Spurs topped the league early in the season, courtesy of goals from Jess Sigsworth (2), James and Charlie Devlin, was followed up by an even more impressive 5-1 victory at Cheshunt in March, with our Player of the Year Katie Zelem registering a brace. Ultimately our two wins over Spurs proved to be important in helping us secure the title by a margin of nine points.
Highlights: Tottenham Ladies 1 United Women 5Video
There is a full programme of Women’s Super League fixtures this weekend, with one game taking place on Saturday and the other five happening on Sunday. Here’s who else is playing in the Women’s Super League, and when, this weekend:
All games 14:00 BST kick-off unless stated
SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER
Manchester City Women v Birmingham City Women
SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER
Liverpool Women v Bristol City Women (12:00 BST)
Tottenham Hotspur Women v UNITED WOMEN (12:30 BST)
Reading Women v Everton Ladies
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v West Ham United Women
Chelsea Women v Arsenal Women (15:00 BST)
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