Matildas Abroad Preview: Spanish League kicks off, Toppserien title race heats up

The Spanish Primera Division kicks off on Saturday while the end of the season draws nearer in the Toppserien.

Meanwhile, both the FA Women’s Super League and French Division 1 Feminine are in full swing, with important matches scheduled for the Westfield Matildas.

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Round 3 of the Women’s Super League sees table leaders Arsenal take on bottom of the ladder Bristol City (Monday 12am AEST).

The Gunners are coming off an Women's FA Cup semi final defeat on Thursday and will be aiming to bounce back following the disappointment.  

Caitlin Foord will be looking to make a second starting appearance for Arsenal, while Steph Cately and Lydia Williams will be working hard to be named in the line-up for the match.

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Caitlin Foord in action in the Women's FA Cup semi finals (Photo: Getty Images)

Alanna Kennedy’s Tottenham Hotspur’s are focusing on claiming their first 3 points of the season this week when they meet undefeated Manchester City (Sunday 10:30pm AEST).

Chelsea are travelling to take on Birmingham City this week (Monday 12:30am AEST). Chelsea’s Sam Kerr is expected to make a big impact on Birmingham, who are yet to claim a point.

Currently sitting in 2nd place, Round 3 will see Hayley Raso’s Everton take on Aston Villa who are looking to record their first points of the season (Saturday 9:30pm AEST). 

Everton have been one of the form teams since the domestic season commenced and Raso one of the form players.  

For the Toffees they will look to continue to pick up the points and more respect.  


Ellie Carpenter and top of the table Olympique Lyonnais are taking on Emma Checker’s Fleury 91 in matchday 4 of the Division 1 Feminine (Saturday 2:30am AEST).

Meanwhile, Mary Fowler’s 3rd placed Montpellier will meet 2nd placed Paris FC (Saturday 10:30pm AEST) while Laura Brock’s winless Guingamp are scheduled to play Bordeaux (Saturday 10:30pm AEST).


Kyah Simon and Amy Harrison’s PSV Eindhoven take on AFC Ajax in a top of the table clash this week in the Eredivisie (Sunday 9:15pm AEST).


Two Westfield Matildas’ will face-off in the Toppserien this week with Karly Roestbakken’s LSK Kvinner meeting Teagan Michah’s Arna-Bjornar on Saturday at 10pm.   

Meanwhile, Clare Polkinghorne and Katrina Gorry’s fourth placed Avaldsnes will play Kolbotn at 11pm on the same night.  They look to close the gap on the leaders with only five rounds of the competition remaining.


The Primera Division kicks off this week, with Aivi Luik and Sevilla FC taking on Santa Teresa (Sunday 9pm AEST), while Jenna McCormick and Real Betis take on Eibar (Sunday 8pm AEST).

Meanwhile, Alex Chidiac’s Atletico Madrid play Espanyol (Sunday 12am AEST).


Emily Gielnik and 5th placed Vittsjo will take on Pitea this week in the Damallsvenskan (Sunday 11pm) after their mid-week game against Mariebo in the Svenska Cup.   

Vittjso are currently fifth in the Damallsvenskan and come off a 5-0 win in the Svenska Cupen Damer with Gielnik netting the first goal.