COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE WSL 19-20 SEASON!

Star players, awesome stats, ledge line-ups and our expert predictions!

ARSENAL

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MANAGER Joe Montemurro CAPTAIN Kim Little
GROUND Meadow Park CAPACITY 4,502 
18-19 Champions

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Arsenal women predicted line-up

STAR PLAYER:

VIVIANNE MIEDEMA
COUNTRY Holland
POSITION Forward
AGE 23

Vivianne Miedema

MOTD MAG VERDICT

The Gunners have added to an already sick squad, but need to overcome some early injuries if they’re to defend their title. The pressure is on!

MOTD MAG STAT

Miedema, Beth Mead and Danielle van de Donk guarantee goals for Arsenal – they scored 70 last season!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

1st

BIRMINGHAM

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MANAGER Marta Tejedor
CAPTAIN Kerys Harrop
GROUND Damson Park 
CAPACITY 5,500
LAST SEASON 4th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Birmingham women's team line-up

STAR PLAYER:

LUCY STANIFORTH
COUNTRY England
POSITION Midfielder
AGE 26

Lucy Staniforth

MOTD MAG VERDICT

Having lost Ellen White, Emma Follis and Aoife Mannion, it could be difficult to finish as high as fourth again this season, but Tejedor is a top gaffer and will get the most from her talented squad!

MOTD MAG STAT

Losing Ellen White to Man. City was a blow, so new signings Claudia Walker and Abbi Grant need to step up!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

6th

BRIGHTON

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MANAGER Hope Powell
CAPTAIN Danielle Buet
GROUND Broadfield Stadium CAPACITY 6,134
LAST SEASON 9th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Brighton women line-up

STAR PLAYER:

AILEEN WHELAN
COUNTRY England
POSITION Forward
AGE 28

Aileen Whelan Brighton women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

Brighton did brilliantly to stay up last season (they beat fourth-placed Birmingham) and now want to push on up the table in 2019-20. Boss Hope Powell is the experienced coach they need!

MOTD MAG STAT

New keeper Megan Walsh won WFA Save of the Year last season – and Brighton will need more of the same from her!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

8th

BRISTOL CITY

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MANAGER Tanya Oxtoby
CAPTAIN Loren Dykes
GROUND Stoke Gifford Stadium 
CAPACITY 1,500
LAST SEASON 6th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Bristol City line-up

STAR PLAYER:

SOPHIE BAGGALEY
COUNTRY England
POSITION Keeper
AGE 22

Sophie Baggaley

MOTD MAG VERDICT

Last season’s top scorer Lucy Graham may have joined Everton, but City’s hungry youngsters and experienced defence could surprise plenty of people. The Vixens are on the up!

MOTD MAG STAT

The Vixens are brimful of young and talented players. England U-21s Charlie Wellings and Sophie Baggaley are class!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

5th

CHELSEA

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MANAGER Emma Hayes
CAPTAIN Magdalena Eriksson
GROUND Kingsmeadow CAPACITY 2,265
LAST SEASON 3rd

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Chelsea women line-up

STAR PLAYER:

FRAN KIRBY
COUNTRY England
POSITION Forward
AGE 26

Fran Kirby Chelsea Women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

The Blues have a point to prove after a poor 2018/19 by their own high standards. One of the WSL’s best teams on their day!

MOTD MAG STAT

Scotland hero Erin Cuthbert might have to sit on the bench what with 22-goal England and new signing Guro Reiten in the team!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

3rd

EVERTON

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MANAGER Willie Kirk
CAPTAIN Danielle Turner
GROUND Haig Avenue
CAPACITY 6,008
LAST SEASON 10th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Everton women line-up

STAR PLAYER:

INESSA KAAGMAN COUNTRY Holland
POSITION Midfielder
AGE 23

Inessa Kaagman Everton women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

The Toffees tasted victory only three times last term, but won six out of seven in pre-season, so hopes are high for a better campaign. Upwards!

MOTD MAG STAT

New signing Lucy Graham scored 13 goals in a standout 2018-19 season for Bristol City!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

9th

LIVERPOOL

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MANAGER Willie Kirk
CAPTAIN Danielle Turner
GROUND Haig Avenue
CAPACITY 6,008
LAST SEASON 10th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STAR PLAYER:

AMY RODGERS
COUNTRY
England
POSITION Midfielder
AGE 19

Amy Rodgers Liverpool women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

The Reds have a problem – they love scoring goals, but conceding loads of ‘em, too, which is why we’re predicting an unpredictable season for them!

MOTD MAG STAT

Liverpool had an underwhelming 2018-19 season, but they’ve got the ballers to make a comeback!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

10th

MAN. CITY

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MANAGER Willie Kirk
CAPTAIN Danielle Turner
GROUND Haig Avenue
CAPACITY 6,008
LAST SEASON 10th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Man. City women line-up

STAR PLAYER:

ELLEN WHITE
COUNTRY
England
POSITION Forward
AGE 30

Ellen White Man. City women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

Nick Cushing’s energetic team will brush aside most teams, but just need to turn up in the big games if they want a chance of winning the title. Arsenal are tough cookies to crunch!

MOTD MAG STAT

It’s not just about City’s starting line-up – their bench is fire, too. Janine Beckie and Lauren Hemp are mad decent!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

2nd

MAN. UNITED

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MANAGER Casey Stoney
CAPTAIN Unconfirmed
GROUND Leigh Sports Village
CAPACITY 12,000
LAST SEASON Newly promoted

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Man. United women line-up

STAR PLAYER:

JACKIE GROENEN
COUNTRY
Holland
POSITION Midfielder
AGE 24

Jackie Groenen Man. United women and Holland

MOTD MAG VERDICT

United have brought in quality over quantity in the shape of McManus and Groenen this summer, but they can still expect a bumpy ride from their debut WSL season!

MOTD MAG STAT

United may have lost Alex Greenwood to Lyon, but have made five solid signings for this first ever season in WSL!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

11th

READING

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MANAGER Kelly Chambers
CAPTAIN Kirsty Pearce
GROUND Adams Park
CAPACITY 9,617
LAST SEASON 5th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

Reading women line-up

STAR PLAYER:

FARA WILLIAMS
COUNTRY
England
POSITION Midfielder
AGE 35

Fara Williams Reading women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

Captain Kelly Pearce retired in the summer, which means Reading’s young guns need to step up – and we think they can. They haven’t made loads of signings either. They’re just a tight unit!

MOTD MAG STAT

With 16 players from Reading’s squad playing international footy, they’re the dark horses of the WSL!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

4th

TOTTENHAM

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MANAGER Karen Hills
CAPTAIN Jenna Schillaci
GROUND The Hive Stadium CAPACITY 6,500
LAST SEASON Newly promoted

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STAR PLAYER:

RIA PERCIVAL
COUNTRY
New Zealand
POSITION Defender
AGE 29

Ria Percival Tottenham and New Zealand Women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

The WSL newbies have bolstered their backline and added to their attack, but it’ll be a fight to the end against the more experienced WSL outfits. Their 6-0 pre-season thrashing against Arsenal may be a sign of things to come!

MOTD MAG STAT

This is Spurs’ first ever season in the WSL top flight after their promotion in May, so avoiding relegation is their aim!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

12th

WEST HAM

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MANAGER Matt Beard
CAPTAIN Gilly Flaherty 
GROUND Rush Green Stadium
CAPACITY 4,500
LAST SEASON 7th

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

West Ham women starting line-up

STAR PLAYER:

SO-HYUN CHO
COUNTRY
South Korea
POSITION Midfielder
AGE 31

So-Hyun Cho West Ham and South Korea women

MOTD MAG VERDICT

This Hammers squad is still a work in progress so they’ll be happy with a mid-table finish. If they want any real chance of silverware, they should go all out in the cups!

MOTD MAG STAT

West Ham have strengthened in some key areas and are ready to improve on last season’s 7th finish!

MOTD MAG PREDICTION

7th

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