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Women’s Super League title race: Chelsea or Manchester City – who’s got the edge? | Football News

Written by on May 2, 2024

Chelsea’s defeat to Liverpool has given Manchester City’s title hopes a huge boost. But they’re not over the line yet…

We take a look at both sides’ prospects as the season reaches its final month…

MAN CITY

Position: 1st
Points: 52
Goal difference: 46

Man City will have been celebrating on Wednesday night as much as the Liverpool players. Chelsea’s defeat on Merseyside has given them a cushion at the top of the table.

Gareth Taylor’s City, who have only been gunning for one trophy since early March, have played fewer games (in total) which equals less fatigue and perhaps it was tiredness which has ultimately dimmed Chelsea’s challenge this week.

But City still have a pivotal meeting with Arsenal on May 5, one of two remaining fixtures to negotiate.

The Gunners beat City 2-1 back in November, before City then enacted their revenge in the FA Cup – a 1-0 triumph in February.

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Bunny Shaw has been ruled out for the remainder of this season with a foot injury sustained against West Ham

The head-to-head is poised at 1-1, a balance City must tip in their favour, without top scorer Bunny Shaw.

City’s leading lady limped off in a 5-0 thumping of West Ham two weeks ago, having scored twice inside 24 minutes, and has since been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury. A significant hit.

But a helping hand from Liverpool was a welcome boost going into that Arsenal contest.

Man City fixtures

May 5: Man City vs Arsenal, kick-off 2.15pm

May 18: Aston Villa vs Man City, kick-off 3pm

CHELSEA

Position: 2nd
Points: 46
Goal difference: 39

Emma Hayes has conceded the title to Man City.

It’s not over yet – and if there is a slip-up from City against Arsenal expect Chelsea to be primed to pounce. But it was a mood of deflation in the Blues camp after that dramatic loss to Liverpool.

It’s mightily unusual for Chelsea to arrive at this point in the season with only one trophy to play for. Europe was the one they really wanted. The ‘what ifs’ will presumably haunt Hayes for months to come after pushing Barca so close, in a game riddled with contentious refereeing decisions.

The knock-on effect looks to have derailed their domestic title bid too.

It’s almost unthinkable that Hayes, the games’ serial achiever, would bow out on a trophyless season after 12 years of unprecedented success.

But it has become a likelihood.

Chelsea fixtures


Wednesday 1st May 6:30pm


May 5: Chelsea vs Bristol City, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 6.45pm

May 15: Tottenham vs Chelsea, kick-off 7.15pm

May 18: Man United vs Chelsea, kick-off 3pm

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