Following the 4-0 home win against Bristol, Arsenal trail Manchester City by two points with two games in hand, placing them in the driving seat.
The title race might go to the final day when Arsenal are at home to City on 12th May.
Arsenal have a far superior goal difference (+46) compared to City’s +35, meaning that finishing level on points would still give us the title.
Let’s have a look at the remaining games and where the title can be won, besides on the final day.
Sunday 24 March
- Liverpool v Arsenal
A must-win game at PrentonParkk that could see us take the lead in the title race.
Sunday 31 March
- Man City v Liverpool
- Birmingham v Arsenal
I fully expect Man City to defeat Liverpool just as they did in the FA Cup with a 3-0 easy win.
Arsenal’s toughest away game this season along with City and Chelsea, it is also a must-win game. Points could well be dropped if the team does not perform to its highest level.
Sunday 21 April
- Arsenal v Everton
Another must -win, of course, and against relegation-battling Everton, who could be safe by the time this game comes around. It should be another three points.
Sunday 28 April
- Brighton v Arsenal
- Man City v Yeovil
If everything goes according to plan and the previous four games have been won, it could be title day!
City will beat Yeovil on the day, except if the Glovers pull-off upset of the season, to take the title race to the final day if Arsenal don’t win it at Crawley Town.
Sunday 12 May
- Arsenal v Man City
Not the kind of game you want on the final day as many bizarre things can happen. For example, a few seasons ago three teams were in the champions League race and Chelsea missed out.
They had a young, inexperienced keeper as back-up and, strangely enough, their main keeper was injured early on when she was charged and dislocated her shoulder despite no action being taken against the forward.
That year, Birmingham also missed out after conceding an illegal goal from a kick-off a couple of games before the end of the season against another contender.
Small margins make a big difference.
All you need is an early red card or a penalty and you are on the back foot. In a title decider, that’s not what you want the game to be decided on. You really don’t want to gamble the title on poor decision making by the referee or by your players on the day.
The really good news is injured players are coming back for the title run-in.
Danielle Carter and Jessica Samuelsson came on in the second half against Bristol while Vicki Schnaderbeck was named among the substitutes.
Tabea Kemme, Emma Mitchell and Lia Waelti are rehabbing and on the way back while Jordan Nobbs, is of course, out for a while.
The team has therefore a lot more strength in depth than earlier in the season and it is a really good omen. The team is getting close to get the title back after missing out for seven years.
It is sad to note that the FA has put the final FA WSL games on the same day as the final day in the Premier League meaning a good number of supporters will have to choose between the men’s and women’s team.