Casey Stoney’s Manchester United will play their first home game in the FA Women’s Super League at the Leight Sports Villa against the reigning champions, and our Man United Women vs Arsenal Women predictions are forecasting a thrilling encounter.
The Red Devils played their very first top-level game last weekend. It was quite the baptism of fire against Manchester City.
Stoney’s players showed flashes of the attacking brilliance that won them so many games in the Championship last season. But ultimately, the hosts were too established, efficient, and skilled.
In the Gunners, United once again face a side with a crop of world-class players, accustomed to the WSL way of football.
So, while our predictions are expecting United to test the visitors, it’ll be at the expense of another defeat.
You can read all about how their male counterparts will fare this season in our 2019/20 Premier League season review.
But first, take a read of our projections below…
Man United Women vs Arsenal Women Predictions
Stoney and her players have had a topsy-turvy 18 months. From forming as a club to riding the wave of Championship promotion, they’re now rubbing shoulders with some of the best women’s teams in the world.
Last weekend’s clash against Nick Cushing’s Manchester City at the Etihad was exactly that. In a game that broke the record for the highest crowd present at a WSL game, United failed to live up to the hype against an established side.
But not without providing some hope for optimism. Jane Ross’ near-post tap-in that took an outstanding save from Ellie Roebuck to keep out, proved that with the Scottish international at the helm, there are opportunities to score.
Combine this with Jess Sigsworth and Leah Galton’s deliveries, and set-pieces become all the more interesting.
With the trio on the counter, our Man United Women vs Arsenal Women predictions expect to see similar chances crop up.
Especially against an Arsenal side that had a turbulent start to the season in their opening WSL game against West Ham.
Indeed, Joe Montemurro’s side took a comfortable 2-0 lead thanks to goals from new-recruit Jill Roord and fan-favourite Beth Mead. Yet trouble in paradise began to brew when Martha Thomas headered the Hammers back into the game.
Quite unlike Arsenal to concede, they also missed key chances to rack up the goals and put the game to bed. This was particularly unusual, especially when the woman in question squandering opportunities was Danielle Van de Donk. All five of the Dutch playmaker’s goals scored against West Ham last season were from inside the six-yard box. And yet, here she was, uncharacteristically skying a chance to make it 3-1.
United would do well to take a leaf out of Matt Beard’s book and use set-pieces as the way forward to a potential draw or victory.
But for all their defensive stirrings, Arsenal still appeared as ruthless as ever on the counter. The skill of Beth Mead was unrivalled. Van de Donk’s vision was untested. And with the return of Miedema, the Gunner’s goalscoring chance is about to get a whole lot more potent.
Man United Women vs Arsenal Women Head To Head
The two sides will be facing off for the first time, which gives us another opportunity to expand on our Man United Women vs Arsenal Women predictions.
Taking a look at the form guides, both teams were on the rocks in last weekend’s games. But as the established WSL side, the Gunners take pole position in claiming all three points.
Man United Women Team News
Stoney pitted her new recruits – Abby McManus and Jane Ross – in last week’s clash against Man City, reaping positive results.
The link-up play with McManus down the flanks and Ross’ box-to-box skills nearly saw the latter woman give United the lead. It took some sensational shot-stopping from Ellie Roebuck to keep the ball out of the net.
Both are expected to make a return to the starting XI. But that puts the likes of Lizzie Arnot, who impressed last season, and Aimie Turner on the ropes.
Whether Stoney decides to stick to the same team she fielded against City to build continuity or reintegrates the old guard could make-or-break the opening stages of her managerial career in the WSL.
But if the likes of Ross and McManus continue to emulate performances like last week’s, the ex-English international will have no problem. Even if, as our Man United Women vs Arsenal Women predictions suggest, it leads to defeat.
Arsenal Women Team News
Meanwhile, the Gunners have significant changes to make to the squad.
Having not fielded Vivianne Miedema against West Ham, the Dutch striker is expected to make a return against United this Monday. Miedema was nursing a slight hamstring injury and was replaced for Beth Mead who was occupying her role at the point of the Arsenal attack.
Last weekend’s clash against the Hammers also saw the return of long-time absentee Jordan Nobbs. The England midfielder came on in the second half for her first competitive game since suffering a serious knee ligament injury last December.
Rehabilitating ever since, including over the Women’s World Cup, Nobbs’ return to the squad is almost like a new signing – one that Montemurro will want to give time to adjust back to the intensity of the league.
Man United Women vs Arsenal Women Betting Tips
The betting tips may not be available to back up our Man United Women vs Arsenal Women predictions, but there’s plenty of markets that would be vying in the favour of a win for the reigning WSL champions.
Our sport betting markets would indeed do so too. Montemurro’s players have the form, the returning players, the reputation on their side.
Meanwhile, Stoney and co are fresh off the back of a Manchester Derby defeat. If they can rise from the lows of that result and test the Gunner’s back four, even a defeat will feel like a win.