Matildas Abroad Preview: Battle of goalkeepers in the WSL

It will be a battle of the goalkeepers this week as Mackenzie Arnold's West Ham United and Liverpool's Teagan Micah face off in the WSL.

Read our preview for all of the CommBank Matildas in action across the world.

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Leicester City will run into their sternest test of the season yet as they take on Manchester City on Sunday, 3.15am AEDT. Courtney Nevin will have her hands full keeping an attack with the likes of Mary Fowler quiet, fresh off two assists last week. Alanna Kennedy is also expected to play a role for City in their back line.

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Everton will host Manchester United on Sunday, 11pm AEDT. Clare Wheeler played almost a full match last week in an unfamiliar left wing-back position and will hope to reprise her minutes with the Blues this time around.

Sam Kerr’s Chelsea will take on Charlie Rule’s Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday, 12am AEDT. It will be a tough ask for Brighton to get a result out of the defending champions, but it will be another chance for Rule to continue her impressive start to the season that has seen her called up to the CommBank Matildas squad.

It’s a battle of the goalkeepers as Teagan Micah’s Liverpool travels to Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham on Monday, 1am AEDT. Liverpool will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing defeat to Everton last week, while captain Arnold will want three points to keep her team well clear of a relegation battle this season.

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Finally, Arsenal travel to Bristol City on Monday, 4.45am AEDT as they continue to get their season back on track. Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord are ever-present fixtures for the Gunners, while Kyra Cooney-Cross will hope to add to her limited WSL minutes this season, likely from the bench.

Australians can watch every game live on Optus Sport.


All three games involving CommBank Matildas will take place on Monday, 12am AEDT.

BK Häcken will start the round top of the table by a solitary point as they travel to relegation-threatened Uppsala. Aivi Luik has been working her way back into the squad and is likely to be an option from the bench.

Charli Grant, Katrina Gorry and Clare Polkinghorne’s Vittsjö GIK will need to defeat Rosengård to keep their slim hopes of European football alive. All three Australians are expected to be available.

Fresh from scoring a goal last week, Amy Sayer will be hoping to repeat the feat as her Kristianstads DFF side faces off against Växjö DFF. They, too, have a slim chance of finishing in the top three but will require an almighty collapse from sides above them to facilitate a late run to the European spots.


Fresh from knocking out Manchester United from the European Champions’ League, PSG will play LOSC Lille on Sunday, 12am AEDT. Clare Hunt played the full game midweek for the French giants but is yet to make a matchday squad in the league.

Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon will travel to Reims on Monday, 6am AEDT as they look to stay top of the table ahead of a Paris FC side in red hot form. A win on Monday morning would give Lyon a perfect record from the first five games of the season.

United States

The NWSL playoffs get underway this weekend. OL Reign and Angel City will battle it out on Saturday, 1pm AEDT to determine who Emily van Egmond and the San Diego Wave will face in the semi-final on Monday, 6 November.

Australians can catch all of the NWSL action live and free on their website.


Hayley Raso's Real Madrid will look to make it six wins in a row to kickstart the season when they host Levante. Real Madrid come into the game off the back of advancing to the UEFA Women's Champions League group stage with a 5-1 aggregate win over Vålerenga. This game will kick off on Monday at 3:30am AEDT. 

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