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Women's Super League Title Race: Who will come out on top?


After an interesting couple of weeks in the top tier of women's football, the title race is back on.

Arsenal were flying high and way ahead of the pack a few weeks ago but they have been brought back down to earth after suffering defeats against rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.

Man City are now top of the league, with Arsenal one point behind. Chelsea are two points behind Arsenal but the Gunners have an advantage over their title rivals as they have a game in hand.

Here, CloudSports assess each team and their chances of lifting the trophy when May comes around.

Manchester City

Man City are the only unbeaten team in the league and they are now one point above Arsenal. They have only dropped points on four occasions this season because of draws against Bristol (x2), Chelsea and Reading. Nick Cushing's side went out of the Champions League in September after losing 3-1 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid while Chelsea will face PSG in March.

Being out of that competition could work in Man City's favour towards the business end of the season. The league leaders face Chelsea twice in February, first in the Continental Cup semi-finals then in the league, and the result of the league match will have a huge effect on the title race.

Record so far:

P13: W9, D4, L0

Prediction of remaining fixtures:

Jan 27th vs Brighton (h) - W

Feb 10th vs Chelsea (h) - L

Feb 21st vs Everton (h) - W

Mar 13th vs Reading (h) - D

Mar 31 vs Liverpool (h) - W

Apr 28 vs Yeovil Town (h) - W

May 12 vs Arsenal (a) - L

Chances of lifting the title:

7 out of 10 - based on predictions Man City would finish the season on 44 points, the same total as Chelsea had last season when they won the league.

Arsenal

The Gunners were unbeaten until they faced title rivals Man City and Chelsea and they now find themselves in second place. Losing influential midfielder Jordan Nobbs has been a huge blow to the side who were flying at the start of the season. If the title race goes down to the wire, Arsenal's superior goal difference could prove to be a huge advantage.

Manager Joe Montemurro has made it clear on several occasions that Arsenal cannot make excuses about their injuries but they are down to the bare bones. They only had four substitutes on the bench against Chelsea while the Blues had seven, including highly experienced players Fran Kirby, Carly Telford, Ramona Bachmann and Ali Riley.

Record so far:

P12: W10, D0, L2

Prediction of remaining fixtures:

Jan 27th vs Reading (a) - W

Feb 10th vs Liverpool (a) - W

Feb 21st vs Yeovil Town (h) - W

Mar 14 vs Bristol City (h) - D

Mar 31 vs Birmingham (a) - D

Apr 21 vs Everton (h) - W

Apr 28 vs Brighton (h) - W

May 12 vs Man City (h) - W

Chances of lifting the title:

9 out of 10 - based on predictions Arsenal would finish the season top of the league on 50 points, the highest total to win the WSL since it was introduced in 2011.

Chelsea

The Blues made an underwhelming start to the season as they began their title defence with three successive goalless draws. Their only defeat this season was the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal in October but they have been in fine form since then and got revenge on Arsenal in their most recent fixture.

Emma Hayes' side are playing superb football at the moment and they will have to make full use of their squad when the Champions League returns in March. If anything could stop their momentum between now and May, it could be the two matches against PSG.

Record so far:

P13: W8, D4, L1

Prediction of remaining fixtures:

Jan 27th vs Brimingham (h) - W

Feb 10th vs Man City (a) - W

Feb 20th vs Bristol City (h) - D

Mar 14th vs Liverpool (a) - W

Mar 31st vs West Ham (h) - W

Apr 21st vs Yeovil Town (a) - W

May 12th vs Reading (a) - D

Chances of lifting the title:

8 out of 10 - based on predictions Chelsea would finish one point ahead of Man City.

Predicted final league standings on May 12:

Arsenal 1st - 50 points

Chelsea 2nd - 45 points

Man City 3rd - 44 points