Matildas Abroad Preview: Title race heats up in Sweden and Aussie derby in FA WSL

It's a jam-packed weekend of football across Europe and the CommBank Matildas are in the thick of the action at their respective clubs.

A handful of Aussies will face one another in this weekend's action, while the race to see which club will be crowned champions in Sweden heats up. 

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The eleventh season of England’s FA Women’s Super League kicked off last weekend, with plenty of  Aussies starting the season with a win.

Mackenzie Arnold and Tameka Yallop's West Ham will be looking to bounce back after an opening-round loss to Brighton & Hove Albion when they take on Emily Gielnik's Aston Villa. 

With Villa claiming a win in their first game against Leicester City, the side will be looking to take this momentum into their clash with the hammers. Gielnik is looking to make her debut for Villa when they travel to West Ham on Saturday at 8:30 pm (AEST).

After a 3-2 loss to Arsenal last week, Chelsea is looking to get back to its winning ways when they welcome Everton. Sam Kerr made an appearance off the bench in Chelsea's loss. 

The game will kick off on Sunday at 9:30 pm (AEST).

Arsenal are in fine form, after a mid-week UWCL win and defeating reigning champions Chelsea last weekend. Steph Catley and Lydia Williams will be vying to make it 2 wins in a row when they travel to Reading. 

Caitlin Foord was ruled out of the opening fixture through injury. Arsenal will take on Reading on Sunday at 11:00 pm (AEST).

Kyah Simon is hoping to get her first taste of WSL action when Tottenham Hotspur travel to take on Manchester City. Alanna Kennedy will face her former club, Hotspur. After City were eliminated in the UWCL throughout the week, they have a point to prove. 

Manchester City welcome Tottenham Hotspur on Monday at 3:45 am (AEST). 

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In France, Ellie Carpenter's Lyon are attempting to make it 3 in a row when they host Dijon, OL sit at the top of the table after a 6-0 thrashing of Saint-Étienne last weekend. 

Lyon host Dijon on Sunday at 11:05 pm (AEST).

Ellie Carpenter in Lyon's 6-0 win. (Source: @OLfeminin Instagram)
Ellie Carpenter in Lyon's 6-0 win. (Source: @OLfeminin Instagram)

In Sweden a handful of CommBank Matildas continue their Damallsvenskan season, Clare Polkinghorne made her first appearance for Vittsjö since returning from the Olympic Games last week in her side's 1-0 win. 

They sit in seventh place and take on eighth placed Djurgarden on Saturday at 11:00 pm (AEST). 

Teagan Micah and Charlotte Grant's FC Rosengård sit at the top of the table, after being eliminated throughout the week in the UWCL, they are out for redemption against Hammarby on Sunday at 10:00 pm (AEST). 

Elsewhere in Sweden, after a first-time call up for the CommBank Matildas' game against Ireland, Winonah Heatley will be hoping she can boost her side Växjö off the bottom of the table when they take on Eskilstuna on Sunday at 11:00 pm (AEST). 

Dylan Holmes' BK Häcken are looking to stay in the title race when they host KIF Örebro DFF on Monday at 12:00 am (AEST).

Angela Beard for Fortuna Hjørring (Source: @fortunahjorring Instagram)
Angela Beard for Fortuna Hjørring (Source: @fortunahjorring Instagram)

Our last destination takes us to Denmark where Indiah-Paige Riley, Angela Beard and Alex Huynh's Fortuna Hjørring travel to take on Brøndby.

After Hjørring dropped their first points of the season last weekend, in 0-0 all draw against KoldingQ, the side will be looking to take their place back at the top of the table, with the game kicking off on Saturday at 9:10 pm (AEST).