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How to watch WSL matches on TV/live stream - gameweek 12

Jamie Spencer
Man City started 2022 with a bang in WSL gameweek 11
Man City started 2022 with a bang in WSL gameweek 11 / Bryn Lennon/GettyImages
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Following on from consecutive gameweeks ravaged by Covid-19 postponements, the WSL saw a major drop in positive cases in the last round of testing, but two of the six scheduled fixtures have again been claimed by the virus.

Last weekend saw the upset of the season so far as previously winless Birmingham inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on leaders Arsenal. Manchester City also kept up their recent good run with a statement 6-0 win over a declining Brighton.

This is everything you need to know about when and how to watch the games...


Saturday 15 January

Man Utd vs Birmingham

When is kick off? Saturday 15 January, 12:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Leigh Sports Village
TV channel/live stream? FA Player (UK & international)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, BBC Sport website, FA Player
Referee? Kirsty Dowle

Manchester United come into this one off the back of consecutive WSL wins in December, scoring seven goals and keeping two clean sheets - Ella Toone, Alessia Russo and Marc Skinner all picked up monthly prizes as a result.

But Birmingham have shown they cannot be underestimated. The Blues finally kicked into life against Arsenal last weekend to get a first win of the season at the 11th attempt, having also run Manchester City close not that long ago either.

Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Birmingham


Aston Villa vs Man City

When is kick off? Saturday 15 January, 13:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Bescot Stadium
TV channel/live stream? FA Player (UK & international)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, BBC Sport website, FA Player
Referee? Louise Sanders

Aston Villa and Manchester City are two teams in contrasting form heading into this one, with the former also welcoming Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze back following lengthy injury absences since the turn of the calendar year to boost them even more.

Since a bright start to the season, Villa have lost six of their last seven WSL games, scoring only twice in the league since the start of October and conceding 20 in the same period. City, meanwhile, have won three in a row and scored six last time out.

Prediction: Aston Villa 0-5 Man City


Sunday 16 January

Everton P-P Chelsea

Everton were granted a request to postpone this game as a result of a 'significant number' of players and staff unavailable. This will be Chelsea's third successive postponement.


Leicester vs Brighton

When is kick off? Sunday 16 January, 14:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? King Power Stadium
TV channel/live stream? FA Player (UK & international)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, BBC Sport website, FA Player
Referee? Abigail Byrne

Leicester couldn't make it two WSL wins on the bounce in their last outing after finally getting off the mark in the top flight last month. However, they were only narrowly beaten by a flying Reading and will fancy their chances at home against a Brighton side going in reverse.

The Seagulls started the season so well and at one stage looked capable of challenging for a Champions League place. But they have lost three in a row to suddenly slide into the bottom half and shipped six goals against Manchester City last weekend alone.

Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Brighton


Arsenal P-P Reading

The FA granted a request from Reading to postpone this one due to Covid-19 cases. It will be a blow for the Royals, who have been in excellent form and would have had an opportunity to upset and Arsenal side who are not.


Tottenham vs West Ham

When is kick off? Sunday 16 January, 18:45 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? The Hive
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Football (UK), FA Player (international)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, BBC Sport website, FA Player
Referee? Amy Fearn

Tottenham are yet to play in 2022 because of a postponement last weekend but began the New Year sitting in a Champions League place thanks to back-to-back December wins. Conversely, at the same stage last of season they had not long claimed their first win of the campaign.

West Ham have seen their last two WSL fixtures fall victim to Covid-19 and will be keen to get back into action. The Hammers have actually only lost twice in the league so far this season but too many draws have kept from climbing higher up the table.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 West Ham



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