WSL final day 2022/23: Everything still left to play for
By Emily Keogh
With the final WSL weekend upon us, plenty will be decided on the final day including who wins the league, who gets relegated and even who clinches the final Champions League spot.
With Arsenal taking on Aston Villa, Chelsea facing Reading and Manchester United at Liverpool, it will be a final day of fireworks and tears on Saturday afternoon as one team will lift the trophy as one team prepare for a Women's Championship season.
Whilst Chelsea have the upper hand when it comes to the league, and Arsenal are more rooted in the final UWCL spot, it is also all to play for as every other team still in the battle for prize money.
WSL final day fixtures: 2022/23
- West Ham vs Tottenham (14:30) - FA Player
- Reading vs Chelsea (14:30) - Sky Sports Football
- Manchester City vs Everton (14:30) - FA Player
- Liverpool vs Manchester United (14:30) - BBC One
- Brighton vs Leicester (14:30) - FA Player
- Arsenal vs Aston Villa (14:30) - FA Player
WSL table with one game to go
Title race: Chelsea & Man Utd
Chelsea need to beat Reading in order to claim the title. With goal difference in their favour, a win would see them lift the trophy for a fourth consecutive time, even if Manchester United also win against Liverpool. As reigning champions, it is hard to see a way in which bottom of the table take points off Emma Hayes' side. However, the Blues only narrowly won 3-2 in the reverse fixture.
Manchester United led the league for most of 2023, but Chelsea finally went ahead earlier in May when outstanding games in hand were played. The two-point gap means that United could still win the league, even if Chelsea draw against Reading. But the goal difference in favour of the Blues means United would have to win by six to go ahead in that scenario.
Relegation: Leicester & Reading
If Reading fail to win, they are relegated from the WSL come what may, and Kelly Chambers' side will return to the Championship for the first time since being promoted in 2015. Having only won three games and drawn two fro 21 so far, they are in the less than desirable position.
If Reading somehow manage to beat Chelsea, that isn't automatically enough. They still need Leicester to drops points against Brighton in order to avoid relegation. There are two points between the teams going into the final and Reading have the slightly better goal difference.
Leicester only need to match Reading's result to be sure of their WSL status again, but they will be going out for a win because there are never any guarantees.
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Final UWCL place: Arsenal & Man City
Manchester City need to beat Everton, hope that Arsenal lose to Aston Villa and also erase an 11-goal deficit in the goal diferrence to pip the Gunners to third and the final Champions League place. Currently, Arsenal sit third with a three point advantage.
Despite impressively beating Chelsea not that long ago, the damage for Manchester City was done by recent defeats to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. Only a miracle will stop them missing out on the Champions League for the first time since 2015.
Given the number of major injuries to key players they have had to deal with, Arsenal have done remarkably well to be in this position.
Mid-table prize money: West Ham, Liverpool & Tottenham
The final day also has a lot at stake for the mid-table battle. Although nothing is at stake in terms of the title race, European places or relegation scrap, a few thousand pounds is the difference for various placements in the final WSL standings. So finishing even just one place higher is crucial for teams to boost their budgets ahead of next season.
If Tottenham beat West Ham, they would finish above them and reap an inflated sum of prize money. Neither side has had the kind of season they wanted when things kicked off in September, so a final bit of bragging rights in a London derby would be a boost for the summer.
Currently eighth, West Ham could finish as high as seventh if they beat Tottenham and a Manchester United win over Liverpool sufficiently swings a seven-goal deficit in the goal difference.
Brighton could even go up to ninth and force Tottenham down to 10th. That is if the Seagulls beat Leicester and Spurs fail to win against West Ham. A draw alone wouldn't be enough for Brighton because of their massively inferior goal difference.