Matildas Abroad Preview: FAWSL midweek games ahead for Villa and Arsenal

Two midweek games in the FA WSL will see Arsenal look to extend their lead at the top of the table; while Aston Villa will be looking to replicate their 2-0 win over Everton when they host the side from Liverpool. 

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Emily Gielnik found the back of the net in Villa's last game against the Toffees, opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game and scoring her second of the season. 

Villa will be the fresher of the two sides, after being knocked out of the Women's FA Cup fourth round by title holders Chelsea, Aston had the weekend off to prepare for the WSL fxiture against Everton. 

Carla Ward's side have only picked up two wins in their last five games in the WSL, the last coming against their opponents Everton. Ward told the media, "I touched on it with the players. I said that our away form is the fourth best in the league and our home form isn’t. We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing." 

Their opposition Everton on the other hand are stuck in a rut, having stood down two managers since the beginning of the season and are now with Chris Roberts and Claire Ditchburn as interim managers. 

This game will kick off on Thursday morning at 6:00am AEDT.

Meanwhile over in North London, Arsenal host Reading FC as the Gunners look to hold on to the top of the table with Chelsea hot on their tail. 

Arsenal come into the game off an emphatic 4-0 win in the Women's FA Cup over Liverpool, with Caitlin Foord finding the back of the net with a wonderstrike, Lydia Williams keeping a clean sheet and Steph Catley making another start for the Gunners.   

Jonas Eidevall's side come into the fixture off the back of consecutive draws against Chelsea and Manchester United. 

The Gunners opponents, Reading, come into the game off the back of a 1-0 loss in the Women's FA Cup fifth round where they were forced to extra time to find an eventual winner. 

Reading will have a familiar face lining up against Arsenal's Aussie trio, with club legend Emma Mitchell making the move from the Gunners to the Royals in the off-season after spending seven years with Arsenal. 

It's a must win game for Arsenal as they sit just two points clear of defending WSL champions Chelsea, who have one game in hand over the current ladder leaders.

This game will kick off on Thursday morning at 6:15am AEDT.

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