Arsenal vs Man Utd - WSL: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Jamie Spencer
Katie McCabe scored last time Arsenal & Man Utd met in the WSL
Katie McCabe scored last time Arsenal & Man Utd met in the WSL / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Arsenal and Manchester United will go head to head in the first WSL match of the weekend - a crucial fixture that could have major ramifications for the title race and Champions League battle.

Both teams have emerged victorious against the other in two previous meetings so far this season.

The Gunners won at Leigh Sports Village in Greater Manchester in the WSL back in November, while United were the victors at Meadow Park in the Continental Cup quarter-finals recently.

This is everything you need to know about this weekend's clash...

How to watch Arsenal vs Man Utd on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 5 February, 12:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Meadow Park
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Premier League (UK), FA Player (international)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, FA Player, BBC Women's Football Show
Referee? Elizabeth Simms

Arsenal team news

Tobin Heath could feature against her former club after recovering from illness, with Jennifer Beattie, Stina Blackstenius and Rafaelle Souza also in contention. Vivianne Miedema should be fine despite playing with a migraine in the last two games.

Lia Walti is expected to return, while Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Lydia Williams are back from competing at the Asian Cup with Australia. Mana Iwabuchi hasn't yet returned after Japan were only knocked out on Thursday.

Man Utd team news

Manchester United will be able to call on influential duo Ella Toone and Hayley Ladd after both missed the midweek Conti Cup semi-final through suspension. Mary Earps will also return in goal in place of Sophie Baggaley, who was sent off in the cup tie.

January loan signing Signe Bruun is in contention to start after coming off the bench for her debut on Wednesday.

Millie Turner remains sidelined amid congoing caution over her neck artery problem. Lucy Staniforth and new arrival Jade Moore are also still out.

Arsenal vs Man Utd predicted lineups

Arsenal: Zinsberger; Maritz, Williamson, Wubben-Moy, McCabe; Walti, Little, Maanum; Heath, Miedema, Mead

Man Utd: Earps, Batlle, Mannion, Thorisdottir, Blundell; Zelem, Ladd, Boe Risa; Toone, Russo, Galton

Arsenal vs Man Utd score prediction

Arsenal haven't been themselves in recent months. Even after putting an alarming run of defeats behind them, the Gunners had to come from a goal down against Brighton in the WSL last week and only beat Championship side London City Lionesses by a single goal in the FA Cup.

This home clash against a United side that has been in much better form of late is an important test for Arsenal and, ultimately their title hopes.

United won at Meadow Park only recently in the Conti Cup and will be buoyed by that. They have, however, taken a hit in the last few days after defeat to Chelsea.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

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