Arsenal face Tottenham in the north London derby on Saturday, with the fixture poised to set WSL attendance records tumbling at the Emirates.
The current WSL attendance record was set between the two sides in November 2019 as 38,262 fans poured into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch Arsenal run out 2-0 victors. Over 50,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s clash.
Both Arsenal and Spurs head into the fixture off the back of opening day victories – who will come out on top on Saturday?
When is kick off? Saturday 24 September, 13:30 (BST)
Where is the match being played? The Emirates
TV channel/livestream? BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website (UK), FA Player (international)
What time does coverage start? 13:15 (BST)
Referee? Rebecca Welch
Mana Iwabuchi is back in contention for Arsenal, having been absent from the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League clash due to illness. With the returning Iwabuchi, Jonas Eidevall has a fully fit squad to choose from on Saturday.
Rosella Ayane will miss out for Spurs due to a foot fracture. The forward is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. Kit Graham remains a long-term absentee as she continues her recovery from an ACL injury suffered in November.
Arsenal: Zinsberger; Maritz, Williamson, Raffaele, McCabe; Walti, Little, Miedema; Mead, Blackstenius, Foord.
Tottenham: Spencer; Turner, Bartrip, Zadorsky; Ale, James, Spence, Neville; Naz, Summanen, Simon.
The gap between Arsenal and Tottenham has been gradually closing ever since Spurs were promoted to the WSL in 2019. Tottenham took points off Arsenal for the very first time last term, but are yet to record a victory over their north London rivals.
Arsenal did play in the Champions League in midweek and will also have to take into account their crucial second leg qualifier against Ajax on Wednesday – but they should still have the quality to overcome Spurs and reinforce their credentials as WSL title contenders.