Third-placed Arsenal women end their Barclay’s Women’s Super League campaign against fifth-placed Aston Villa on Saturday. This match will be played at the Meadow Park in Hertfordshire with both teams almost guaranteed to end where they currently are placed. Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in their last match to end a three-game winning run. That practically ended their chances of a late title dash as well as finishing in the top-two. They are six points behind Manchester United women now while starting the final match three ahead of Manchester City. With an advantage of 11-goal difference against City, Arsenal are almost guaranteed third spot. They will look to end their home campaign on a high having won their last four league games here. With eight wins in their ten home matches this campaign, Arsenal are well-placed to finish strong.
Aston Villa are ten points behind top-four while starting this game four points ahead of sixth-placed Everton. That shouldn’t take their motivation away of finishing the season on a high. Aston Villa women have never won a Super League match against Arsenal, losing four and drawing one. Even the reverse fixture ended in a 4-1 defeat, so the visitors will have pride and revenge in their mind. Whether they can achieve that is a different matter altogether, though their recent away form gives hope. Aston Villa women have won four of their last five away league games giving them enough tailwind to make a dash here.