Matildas Abroad Preview: Top-of-the-table clash in England with Aussies going head-to-head

Following the final international break of the year, it's back to clubland for our Matildas Abroad with a top-of-the-table clash in the WSL seeing Chelsea take on Arsenal, while Lyon looks to keep their spot at the top of the table.

Read a preview of the Matildas Abroad below.

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England

Kicking off in the WSL Alanna Kennedy and Mary Fowler's Manchester City host 10th-placed Aston Villa, with the Citizens looking to build on their dominant 7-0 win over the Spurs before the international break. 

Kennedy has been an ever-present figure in Gareth Taylor's side this year, featuring in all eight of City's WSL matches so far. After starting the season in Taylor's starting line-up, Fowler has come off the bench in City's last two victories. Aston Villa currently sit 2 points shy of the relegation zone and will be hoping last year's Golden Boot in Rachel Daly can help turn the Villans around. 

This game will kick off on Saturday night at 10pm AEDT

Next up, a top-of-the-table clash will see Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross' second-placed Arsenal host Sam Kerr's Chelsea in a blockbuster fixture at the Emirates Stadium. Over 55,000 tickets have been sold for the clash, with Cooney-Cross coming into the game off the back of a nomination for Arsenal Player of the Month for November.

Kyra Cooney-Cross (32 Arsenal) in action during the FA Women s Super League match between Arsenal and West Ham at Meadow Park in London, England (Alexander Canillas / SPP)
Kyra Cooney-Cross in action during the FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and West Ham at Meadow Park in London, England (Photo: Alexander Canillas / SPP via Imago)

Emma Hayes' will be hoping her stars will return from injury in time, with captain Millie Bright and vice-captain Sam Kerr both missing the international window for their countries due to injury. Jonas Eidevall's side were in fine form before the international break, beating the Hammers and Brighton 3-0, keeping clean sheets in back-to-back games.

This game will kick off on Sunday night at 11:30pm AEDT. 

Charlie Rule’s Brighton & Hove Albion and Courtney Nevin and Remy Siemsen’s Leicester City will both be looking to get back into the winner's circles, with both teams suffering defeat before the international break. The Seagulls went down 4-0 to Liverpool, while the Foxes were defeated 5-2.

The Foxes saw an injury blow during the international window with Wales' Hannah Cain suffering an ACL injury. Rule and Nevin will be expected to start for their respective sides, while Siemsen featured off the bench in the Foxes' last outing, still building up regular minutes after coming back from an ankle injury during pre-season. 

This game will kick off on Monday morning at 1:00am AEDT. 

Over in Liverpool, Teagan Micah's Liverpool will be hoping to build on their 4-0 victory before the international break when they host last-placed Bristol City. Micah made her first WSL appearance in the Reds' last outing, keeping a clean sheet for Matt Beard's side. 

Teagan Micah of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Prenton Park on November 26, 2023 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo: Liverpool FC)
Teagan Micah of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Prenton Park on November 26, 2023, in Birkenhead, England. (Photo: Liverpool FC)

Liverpool currently sit at 5th in the table with four wins to their name, while Bristol sits in last with a single win against West Ham United. This game will kick off on Monday morning at 1:00am AEDT. 

Finishing up in the WSL, Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham are desperate for a win when they host Clare Wheeler’s Everton. The Hammers currently sit in 11th place, avoiding last place thanks to goal difference. 

Arnold missed West Ham's game before the international break, with the Hammers' shot-stopper and skipper sustaining an arm injury during training that saw her miss the Matildas' final games of the year. Wheeler played the full 90 minutes in the Toffees' last game, helping her side to a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

This game will kick off on Monday morning at 2:00am AEDT. 

France

Over in France, Ellie Carpenter's Lyon will be aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the season, and hold on to first place, when they host LOSC Lille. Lyon will be facing a familiar face, with Amandine Henry returning to her hometown club on loan from Angel City, spending 14 years with Lyon and helping them to 13 D1 titles and 7 UWCL trophies.

Lyon has not dropped a point so far in the D1, scoring 40 goals and conceding just four in their nine games played. This game will kick off on Sunday morning at 7:00am AEDT. 

Newly capped CommBank Matilda, Sarah Hunter will be back in action for her club side Paris FC, with the side currently sitting in second place in the D1 table and competing in the UWCL for the first time.

Paris FC will be looking to pick up maximum points when they travel to Montpellier on Sunday, this game will kick off on Sunday morning at 12:30am AEDT. 

Next up, Clare Hunt’s PSG will be looking to keep in touch with the top of the table when they travel to Le Havre on Monday morning (AEDT). Jocelyn Prêcheur’s side has been in up-and-down form in all competitions, recording a 4-1 victory over Montpellier before the international break. 

PSG will be keeping one eye on the D1 but are in desperate need of a win next Friday in the UWCL when they take group leaders Roma, with PSG having not recorded a single point in Group C standings. 

This game will kick off on Monday morning at 7:00am AEDT. 

Spain

Finishing up in Spain, Hayley Raso's Real Madrid will take on Sevilla in the LIGA F, with Raso's side looking to keep in touch with Barcelona at the top of the table, with six points between the two. 

Teresa Abelleira, player of Real Madrid, in action during Real Madrid Femenino v Sporting Club de Huelva Femenino: Liga F at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on November 26, 2023 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo: Real Madrid)
Teresa Abelleira and Hayley Raso in action during Real Madrid Femenino v Sporting Club de Huelva Femenino at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on November 26, 2023, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo: Real Madrid)

Raso was on the scoresheet for Madrid before the international break, scoring in Real's 5-2 victory over Sporting Huelva. Madrid recorded two 2-0 victories over Sevilla last season and will be hoping for a repeat on Sunday morning (AEDT). 

This game will kick off on Sunday morning at 4:30am AEDT. 

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