As Chelsea and Arsenal continue to jostle for this year’s Women’s Super League title, there remains one Champions League place left to fill for next season.
Right now, there are three teams in contention for this coveted European spot –– Man United, Man City and Tottenham Hotspur.
While it’s United who narrowly lead the way on 32 points from 17 games, City could move on to the same number of points, should they win their game in hand. Tottenham similarly have a game in hand and could reach 31 points with a victory.
Such is the narrow margin between these three teams, the Champions League race is likely to go right down to the wire and right now, it’s exceptionally difficult to call.
With that in mind, we’ve analysed the three sides and have offered our say on how the league table will end up:
If United don’t manage to hold on to third place, they can only have themselves to blame.
While Marc Skinner’s side has already surpassed many people’s expectations this season, they’ve had a tendency to throw away crucial points late on in matches.
Against league leaders Arsenal, they conceded in the 79th minute. Against City, Caroline Weir scored a screamer in the 81st. And in Wednesday’s match against West Ham, a 93rd-minute equaliser from Grace Fisk prevented the Red Devils from going five points clear of their Manchester rivals.
United do have four winnable games coming up, but they face a trip away to Kingsmeadow on the final day of the season against Chelsea. With this in mind, picking up maximum points from now until then is almost a necessity.
At the beginning of 2022, the thought of Man City being in contention seemed preposterous. Gareth Taylor’s side were injury-ravaged, struggling for goals and seemingly devoid of any confidence.
But the Christmas break ostensibly worked wonders for the Citizens, who have lost just one game since the turn of the year.
Indeed, Taylor’s side are now on a run of five straight wins in all competitions, including the Conti Cup final against Chelsea.
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Their latest victory was a 2-0 victory over Reading on Wednesday night, with goals from Demi Stokes and Lauren Hemp.
In terms of their remaining fixtures, City have already played Arsenal, Chelsea, United and Spurs twice, so will fancy their chances of winning every match.
Few would have predicted Tottenham to be contending for Champions League football at the start of the season.
Last year, Spurs finished eighth in the WSL and won just five games all year.
Yet, they have lost just four of 16 league games so far this campaign and have the third-best defensive record in the division.
Recently, their form has stunted somewhat, with just two wins from their last six matches, including a 1-0 loss to City in their last outing
Their run of fixtures is also tough, with Chelsea and Arsenal to come in their next two games.
Yet, Rehanne Skinner’s side has already proven many people wrong this season, and the way this league campaign is going –– anything is possible.
How will the table finish?
This is how the GiveMeSport Women team think the three teams will end up:
3. Man City
4. Man United
Do you agree?