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Eight goals for Chelsea! Women's Super League winners and losers as the title race heats up

12:00 GMT+3 05/12/2022
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Just three points separate the WSL's top three, with Arsenal and Man Utd hot on the Blues' heels - and Man City won't go away either.

The Women's Super League title race is heating up after Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all won again this weekend - while Manchester City kept themselves in touch with another three points as well.

At the other end of the table, it looks like we'll see a lot less drama this season, as things are looking desperate for a Leicester City side that remain without a point after nine games.

There is just one more round of WSL fixtures before the Christmas break, and it means that the table is really starting to take shape and the importance of each result can be looked at more and more.

So, who is looking good after the latest action? And who should be concerned? GOAL takes a look...

  • Vivianne Miedema Arsenal Women 2022-23

    WINNER: Arsenal

    Arsenal's performance in their 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday might not have been their best, but it was a wonderful weekend for the Gunners regardless.

    The good news started on Friday when head coach Jonas Eidevall revealed that centre-backs Rafaelle and Leah Williamson, who have been out since September and October, respectively, would be back in the matchday squad.

    With Eidevall also expecting forward Lina Hurtig back before Christmas, the injury situation that has troubled Arsenal over the last couple of months is improving at a perfect time, with a flurry of fixtures coming before the seasonal break.

    Vivianne Miedema's first league goal in five games followed the next day, with the forward appearing to be getting back to her best at a good time after a period of being rested.

    The Netherlands international's intelligence was evident throughout the match as Arsenal picked up what was a vital three points, bouncing back from defeat to Manchester United in their last WSL outing.

    All in all, not a bad few days for the Gunners.

  • Carla Ward Aston Villa Women 2022-23

    LOSER: Carla Ward

    Saturday was always going to be difficult for Carla Ward and her Aston Villa side, as they travelled to Old Trafford to face a Manchester United team full of confidence after their win over Arsenal.

    But when you can only name four substitutes on your bench, the challenge of getting a result becomes incredibly tough.

    Villa are depleted right now, with three players recovering from ACL injuries, Natasha Harding out with a quad problem and Ruesha Littlejohn ruled out of this one after sustaining an injury in training.

    It was a game that came at a particularly bad time, too, as loanee Kirsty Hanson was ineligible to face her former club, making things even trickier.

    Villa weren't at their best in this game and Ward admitted afterwards that the team were disappointed with the goals conceded in a heavy 5-0 defeat. They'll need to learn from this quickly, though, as the fixture list is hardly kind to them.

    Next up in the league? Arsenal.

  • Leah Galton Nikita Parris Alessia Russo Ella Toone Manchester United Women 2022-23

    WINNER: Ella Toone's team-mates

    The form that Ella Toone is in right now is absolutely electric and, once again, she was the player that made Manchester United tick this past weekend.

    No one completed more passes in the final third at Old Trafford that the England international, who was a thorn in Aston Villa's side all afternoon.

    For United's opener, it was Toone who released full-back Ona Batlle down the right, her cross causing chaos in the box that Katie Zelem capitalised on to break the deadlock.

    The second goal saw Toone release Leah Galton through on goal to finish and it was United's No.7 again setting up the third, playing a perfectly weighted ball across the face of goal for Alessia Russo to finish at the back post.

    She has two goals and three assists in her last five games for club and country, and one can only imagine that to be an attacker on the same team as the 23-year-old is quite simply a delight, as you just know that you'll get the quality service you need to put the ball in the back of the net.

  • Demi Lambourne Leicester City Women 2022-23

    LOSER: Leicester City

    Not only did Leicester suffer a demoralising 8-0 defeat to champions Chelsea this weekend - one which means they are still without a point to their name after nine games - but they also watched two of the teams closest to them at the foot of the table pull away.

    First it was Reading, on four points going into the weekend, who picked up a narrow victory over Tottenham that was more deserving than the 1-0 scoreline suggested.

    A couple of hours later, Liverpool compounded Leicester's misery, beating West Ham 2-0 to pick up their first league win since the opening day, when they surprised Chelsea. The Reds were only on five points, but have now taken important steps up the table.

    With Reading looking particularly good in their performance and Liverpool now starting to welcome key players back from injury, it's not just the results that make this worrying for Leicester, either, who need things to turn around fast.

  • Guro Reiten Chelsea Women 2022-23

    WINNER: Guro Reiten

    Four assists and a goal - Guro Reiten had herself a day this weekend.

    The Norwegian is in scintillating form this season, with no one providing more assists in the WSL this season and only Chloe Kelly creating more chances - with 26 to Reiten's 25.

    Against Leicester on Saturday, in an 8-0 thrashing, she ran the show. The Chelsea playmaker broke the deadlock with a well-placed finish inside the box early on, then showed great awareness to cut the ball back to Jessie Fleming to make it two.

    Before half-time, she was the creator thrice more and that could've been four had Sam Kerr not been denied by the post.

    Her contributions showed how well-rounded a player Reiten is, too, with set piece deliveries, pinpoint crosses and clever through balls all creating chances for Chelsea to convert.

    The Blues are a force to be reckoned with and with Reiten pulling the strings, it's no surprise.

  • Paul Konchesky West Ham Women 2022-23

    LOSER: West Ham

    Sunday was an opportunity for West Ham. They only needed a point against Liverpool to leapfrog Aston Villa and move into fifth place in the WSL - a position that doesn't give an obvious reward, but is often reserved for the side seen as 'the best of the rest' now in the league.

    But the Hammers have been struggling as of late. Paul Konchesky's side went into this fixture having won back-to-back games, but they were against bottom club Leicester and lower-league opponents Birmingham, with the former a particularly fortuitous result secured in the 88th minute.

    Looking at the table, it might've been a surprise to see the Reds win this one, but based on recent performances it wasn't.

    West Ham need to pick things back up, and while this result will be disappointing, it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise that gives them the wake-up call they need to return to the level they were at in October, when they won three in a row.