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WSL fixtures and referee appointments for matchday 9

The Women’s Super League is gearing up for matchday 9 this weekend, and the league has revealed which referees will be officiating each game as a fierce start to the competition continues to take shape at both ends of the table.

With this in mind, Football FanCast has pieced together a handy guide for each game, as we take a look at the recent form and referee appointments, with the help of stats from WhoScored.

WSL fixtures 9-10th December

Manchester City

vs

Aston Villa

9th December, 12pm

Arsenal

vs

Chelsea

10th December, 12.30pm

Brighton & Hove Albion

vs

Leicester City

10th December, 2pm

Liverpool

vs

Bristol City

10th December, 2pm

West Ham United

vs

Everton

10th December, 3pm

Tottenham Hotspur

vs

Manchester United

10th December, 6.45pm

Manchester City vs Aston Villa

Referee: Abigail Byrne


abi-byrne-referee

Matches

4

Yellow Cards

8

Red Cards

1

Penalties per game

0.25

The first Women’s Super League game of the weekend kicks off at 12pm on Saturday 9th December, with third-placed Manchester City playing host to struggling Aston Villa. Sky Sports will be showing the action on their Premier League channel.

The referee taking charge of this fixture is Abigail Byrne, who will have Georgia Ball and David Middleton as her assistants.

Only two referees have officiated more WSL games than Byrne this term.

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Referee: Rebecca Welch


rebecca-welch-referee

Matches

2

Yellow Cards

14

Red Cards

1

Penalties per game

0.50

The second of this weekend’s fixtures is a cracker, with league leaders Chelsea making the trip to London rivals Arsenal, who sit three adrift of the Blues. BBC One will be broadcasting the showdown.

Rebecca Welch will steward the action and she’ll be joined by assistants Natalie Aspinall and Emily Carner.

Welch has also officiated in the men’s leagues this term, taking charge of four Championship fixtures, as well as a couple in Leagues One and Two.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leicester City

Referee: Melissa Burgin


jessica-sigsworth-leicester-city

Matches

1

Yellow Cards

5

Red Cards

0

Penalties per game

0

Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Leicester City on Sunday afternoon with the pair separated by just one point.

Melissa Burgin will take charge of her second WSL game this term and she’ll have Lisa Rashid and Ffion Eade as her assistant referees.

Burgin held aloft five yellow cards in her last outing, so both sides may have to tread carefully in order to avoid a caution.

Liverpool vs Bristol City

Referee: Stacey Fullicks


matt-beard-liverpool-manager

Matches

5

Yellow Cards

9

Red Cards

0

Penalties per game

0.20

Liverpool, who reside in fifth, take on bottom-placed Bristol City on Sunday afternoon. The last time these pair met, the Merseysiders came away 4-2 victors at Ashton Gate, so the hosts will be hoping for a repeat this time around.

Referee Stacey Fullicks will be joined by Ceri Williams and Ali Rahjoo as her assistants.

No official has refereed more WSL games than Fullicks this year, with only Kirsty Dowle taking the reins as many times.

West Ham United vs Everton

Referee: Ade Soneye


hanna-bennison-abbey-leigh-stringer

Matches

4

Yellow Cards

13

Red Cards

0

Penalties per game

0

Second-from-bottom West Ham United welcome Everton, who were victorious in their last outing after securing a 2-1 victory away at Aston Villa thanks to an own goal from Anna Patten and Nathalie Björn’s converted spot-kick.

Meanwhile, the Hammers are winless in their last seven games in all competitions and have won one of their opening eight league games.

Ade Soneye will take care of proceedings, and she’ll be joined by assistant referees Harley Hetherington and Anastasiya Voloschhuk.

Soneye has brandished the second-most yellow cards in the division.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Referee: Kirsty Dowle


kirsty-dowle-referee

Matches

5

Yellow Cards

13

Red Cards

0

Penalties per game

0.20

Fourth-placed Manchester United take on sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, with three points separating the two sides heading into Sunday evening’s encounter, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports’ Football, Main Event and Premier League channels.

United come into this clash off the back of three wins from their last five league outings, while the north Londoners are winless in their last four.

Referee Kirsty Dowle will take care of the proceedings and will have Sophie Dennington and Nicoleta Bria as her assistants.

Dowle has refereed the most WSL games this term and this will be her sixth league outing of the season, having also officiated in the National League South, National League, EFL Trophy and the Premier League 2 this term.

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