Women's Sports: Analysing the SSE Women's FA Cup ahead of semi-final draw

The SSE Women’s FA Cup, the most prestigious cup competition in women’s football, is set to hold the semi-final draw on Monday, 8.30am on BBC Red Button. 

Left in the competition and most likely to reach the FA Cup semi-finals are Chelsea Women, Manchester City Women Football or Reading Women, West Ham United, Liverpool Women Football Club and Manchester United Women. 

Despite Chelsea’s tenuous start to the WSL season they have shown much improvement in their recent form and no doubt will be hoping to retain this trophy. Chelsea is expected to reach the semi-finals, and potentially the final too, but first, they must bypass a very tough WSL 2 Durham side.

The team everyone is keen to see progress and show what their cup ambitions look like is newcomers Manchester United, who are currently sitting comfortably on top of WSL 2. It is hard to call this as Manchester United and Reading WFC are equally talented and it leaves this wide open. 

Will Reading’s experience or Manchester United’s good form and confidence see them through? We’ll just have to wait and see. 

West Ham is the next club we expect to see in the semi. With a host of new and experienced players and their very first run in this competition, there’s a chance for them to make club history and they should on paper secure a place by defeating Aston Villa.

Easily favorites along with Chelsea to progress to the semis is Manchester City. 

Quarter-finals this weekend

Durham v Chelsea (Sunday, 12pm)

Aston Villa v West Ham (Sunday, 2pm)

Man City v Liverpool (Sunday, 2pm)

Reading v Man Utd (Sunday, 2pm)

With Nikita Parris leading the charge on the scoring front, this team is currently flying in the WSL and will be seeking to continue and show that form by reaching another semi-final as Arsenal is out of the way. Either way, this year’s SSE Women’s FA Cup final’s is set to be one of the most exciting we have seen.

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