Women's Football

How to watch WSL matches on TV/live stream & predictions - gameweek 16

Jamie Spencer
Sunday is a rematch for Arsenal against Birmingham after a shock result in January
Sunday is a rematch for Arsenal against Birmingham after a shock result in January / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages
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The WSL returns to action on Saturday and Sunday for gameweek 16 of the 2021/22 season.

The February international break, which saw England host and win the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup, followed by last weekend's FA Cup fifth-round fixtures, means that there hasn't been a full programme of league games for four weeks.

The Continental Cup final means that this weekend is also two games short, with Chelsea and Manchester City competing for the season's first major silverware on Sunday - the Blues' gameweek 16 fixture will follow next Thursday, while City's is yet to be rearranged.

Here's a look at at everything you need to know about how to watch the WSL live this weekend, as well as a prediction for each game...


Saturday 5 March

Aston Villa vs Brighton

When is kick off? Saturday 5 March, 11:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Bescot Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Premier League (UK), FA Player (international)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, FA Player, BBC Sport website
Referee? Louise Sanders

Aston Villa slipped to a defeat at home to Everton a few days ago in a rearranged fixture, having won the reverse on Merseyside prior to the international break. They will be looking to pick their form back up after a decent start to the calendar year overall.

Brighton emphatically returned to winning ways last time out in the league, crushing Reading 4-1 to end an unwanted streak of seven WSL games without a win. That could spell returning momentum for the Seagulls, although they lost at home to Villa back in September.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Brighton


Manchester United vs Leicester

When is kick off? Saturday 5 March, 12:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Leigh Sports Village
TV channel/live stream? FA Player (UK & international)
Highlights? FA Player, BBC Sport website
Referee? Amy Fearn

Manchester United and Leicester both go into this off the back of heavy FA Cup defeats last weekend, losing to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.

Prior to the international break, these two sides were faring well, with United continuing their good form in January and the Foxes striding away from the relegation zone. When they met in the Conti Cup in December, Leicester sprang a penalty-shootout upset.

Prediction: Man Utd 3-1 Leicester


Sunday 6 March

Arsenal vs Birmingham

When is kick off? Sunday 6 March, 12:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Meadow Park
TV channel/live stream? BBC Two/iPlayer (UK), FA Player (international)
Highlights? FA Player, BBC Sport website
Referee? Robert Massey-Ellis

Arsenal's defeat to Birmingham in the reverse fixture back in January was the shock of the season, with the league-leading Gunners beaten by the previously winless Blues. It didn't spark a revival for Birmingham, however, as they have lost all four WSL games they have played since.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are still not quite right. They have only won once in the league since losing to Birmingham, although they remain unbeaten during that time and have collected draws against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Birmingham


Reading vs Tottenham

When is kick off? Sunday 6 March, 14:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Madejski Stadium
TV channel/live stream? FA Player (UK & international)
Highlights? FA Player, BBC Sport website
Referee? Lauren Impey

The wheels have somewhat come off for Reading over the last month. They took 22 points from a possible 24 in the WSL between early October and early February, but have now lost two in a row and have conceded four goals each time. They need to arrest that run here.

It will be easier said than done against a Tottenham side vying for Champions League football and seemingly now over their own recent blip. Spurs have won their last two games without conceding, although their early FA Cup elimination means they haven't played for four weeks.

Prediction: Reading 2-2 Tottenham


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