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WSL Match Preview: Arsenal v Albion

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All the details ahead of this afternoon's match at Arsenal.

By Bruce Talbot • 25 April 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Aileen Whelan is back in the squad for this afternoon's match against Arsenal.

Albion return to WSL action on Sunday when they head to Borehamwood FC to take on Arsenal, kick off 2pm.

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FA Cup Highlights: Albion 1 Bristol City 0

Aileen Whelan returns to the squad after missing last week’s FA Cup win over Bristol City following the birth of her son. Dani Bowman (foot) is out for the rest of the season but Albion have no new injury worries.

The Opposition

Arsenal are having another strong season and sit third in the table, although they are 11 points behind second-placed Manchester City. Since losing 3-0 to Chelsea, they have won their last five WSL games without conceding a goal and put ten past Gillingham without reply in the FA Cup last Sunday.

Player to Watch

Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema was recently voted the best player in WSL history to mark its tenth anniversary, having scored 59 goals in 63 appearances for the Gunners. She is joint top-scorer this season with 17 alongside Chelsea’s Sam Kerr and scored twice when Arsenal won 5-0 in the reverse fixture back in October.

View from the Dugout

Hope Powell: “We’ve managed to take points off all the top sides except Arsenal so that’s the challenge for us on Sunday. They have got some very talented individuals but it’s how we approach the game that’s important. We need to be organised and hard to beat, which is what we have been in the last few weeks. If we do the same things again on Sunday, we will give ourselves a chance.”

All the stats

Albion have won five of their last six league games (L1), the same number of victories as the Seagulls managed across their previous 29 WSL matches.

Only Sam Kerr’s 18 WSL goals (9 points) have been worth more points to Chelsea this season than Aileen Whelan’s four goals have won for Albion (5 points).

Against no other side have Albion conceded more WSL goals than the 21 vs Arsenal (also Manchester City), whilst the Gunners are the only team against which the Seagulls have lost 100% of their WSL clashes (5).

Arsenal have won their last five league games without conceding (17 goals scored), the Gunners’ best such winning run in the Women’s Super League.

How to follow the action

Sunday's game is live on the FA Player from 1.55pm. We will be running our usual matchday blog on the club website and you can keep up to date via our social media channels with match report and reaction after the final whistle.

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