Pre-Match Report

Women: Everton v Arsenal - The Brief

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Joe Montemurro’s side will be hoping to extend their winning streak following the international break when they face Everton in the Women’s Super League on Sunday.

THE STORY SO FAR

We head into this fixture off the back of seven consecutive victories in the WSL, our most recent being a hard-fought 3-1 win over Birmingham City at Meadow Park.

Jordan Nobbs opened the scoring on the hour mark following a tightly contested first half, but less than a minute later, the visitors pulled one back through Emma Follis. 

Montemurro’s side continued to play their expansive football, despite the defensive organisation of their opponents, and in the 67th minute Danielle van de Donk converted from the spot to restore our lead. 

Nobbs then rounded off the scoring in the 90th minute with a low drive to equal the best ever start to a WSL season (seven consecutive wins).

Second-placed Manchester City are the only other side to remain unbeaten this season, but they trail us by three points and we also boast the advantage of having a game in hand. 

Jordan Nobbs

THE OPPOSITION

Everton will be hoping to record their first league win of the season on Sunday.

The Toffees are currently bottom of the WSL table having scored just four goals in six league appearances (the fewest in the WSL) - and three of those came in their 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion. 

The Toffees slipped to back-to-back defeats at the start of the season before holding reigning champions Chelsea and Brighton to draws at home - but their form has dropped once more, after losing to West Ham United and Yeovil Town in the space of a week.

Chloe Kelly will be a familiar face for the travelling fans. The 20-year-old progressed through our youth ranks and eventually made her debut in June 2015, before two loan spells with the Toffees. The young forward then joined them on a permanent basis in January 2018 - and she’ll almost certainly be their greatest goal threat on Sunday.


ONE TO WATCH

Having scored in the play-off final of the Women's World Cup qualifiers, Vivianne Miedema will be raring to continue her fine goalscoring form against Everton.

The 22-year-old has scored 11 goals and assisted five times in the WSL this season - and her strike against Switzerland on Tuesday ensured that the Netherlands are heading to France for the 2019 World Cup. 

She’s scored three hat-tricks in all competitions this season and averaged a goal every 57 minutes in the WSL.

Vivianne Miedema

FOLLOW THE ACTION

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