The 2022/23 WSL season kicks off on Friday night as Arsenal welcome Brighton to Borehamwood.
The Gunners narrowly missed out on the title by a single level final time period, and – buoyed by boasting three members of England’s Euro 2022 successful squad – might be making an attempt to finish Chelsea’s run of home dominance and end prime of the pile for the primary time since 2019.
Arsenal face a Brighton facet who’ve comfortably established themselves within the WSL after years of shrewd funding, however have misplaced quite a few key gamers throughout the summer time switch window.
When is kick off? Friday 16 September, 19:30 (BST)
The place is the match being performed? Meadow Park, Borehamwood
TV channel/livestream? FA Participant (UK & worldwide)
Jonas Eidevall has confirmed that Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord are each accessible, after the pair picked up knocks on worldwide responsibility with Australia earlier this month.
Jordan Nobbs and Rafaelle are additionally in rivalry to characteristic, having each missed the tail finish of the 2021/22 season by harm.
New-signing Rebekah Stott will miss out for Brighton as she continues her restoration from ankle surgical procedure.
Megan Connelly is an extra absentee, after struggling a fractured rib and bruised kidney whereas away on worldwide responsibility.
Arsenal: Zinsberger; Maritz, Rafaelle, Williamson, Catley; Walti, Little, Miedema; Mead, Blackstenius, Foord.
Brighton: Walsh, Pattinson, Williams, Fox, Kullberg; Sarri, Ye-eun, Zigiotte Olme, Inexperienced; Lee, Carter.
Arsenal might be anticipated to be difficult on the very prime of the WSL once more this season. Though followers could also be involved concerning the minimal summer time switch window exercise, it needs to be famous that the Gunners did recruit considerably final January. Vivianne Miedema signing a brand new contract was an enormous enhance for the membership, whereas Beth Mead is within the type of her life.
Brighton are trying a bit bit brief defensively after final season’s common starters Danique Kerkdijk and Maya Le Tissier departed in the summertime, along with Stott’s harm, and the Gunners ought to have an excessive amount of firepower for the Seagulls on Friday night.