Women’s Super League clockwatch: all the latest from the season openers – live

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Aston Villa v Man Utd The players are on the field. Before the match they will be a minute’s silence in memory of Maddy Cusack, who died last week aged 27.

Aston Villa will be wearing their home kit today, despite concerns about how much sweat it retains.

Everton v Brighton team news

Everton (possible 3-4-1-2) Ramsey; Veje, Bjorn, Stenevik; Olesen, Finnigan, Galli, Hope; Bennison; Sorensen, Piemonte.
Substitutes: Brosnan, Wheeler, Vanhaevermaet, Duggan, Bissell, Payne, Aherne, Wilding.

Brighton & Hove Albion (possible 3-4-3) Baggaley; Losada, Bergsvand, Thorisdottir; Kullberg, Zigiotti Olme, Terland, Pattinson; Bremer, Lee, Robinson.
Substitutes: Evrard, Sarri, Carabali, Hawkesby, Pinto, Symonds, Rule, Startup.

Who won the transfer window? Nobody, obviously, because it’s not a quantifiable competition. But some clubs had more joy than others.

We also have dedicated previews for each WSL team. Here they are, in order of the alphabet.

Arsenal

Aston Villa

Brighton & Hove Albion

Bristol City

Chelsea

Everton

Leicester City

Liverpool

Manchester City

Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham United

Emma Hayes’ Chelsea are aiming to win their fifth successive title. Sophie Downey looks at whether anyone can stop them.

Aston Villa v Man Utd team news

Four of Villa’s summer signings start: Daphne van Domselaar, Anna Patten, Lucy Parker – and Kirsty Hanson, who joined the club from Manchester United.

Marc Skinner includes two of United’s summer signings, Gabby George and Geyse. World Cup stars Irene Guerrero and Hinata Miyazawa are on the bench.

Aston Villa (possible 4-3-3) Van Domselaar; Mayling, Patten, Parker, Turner; Blindkilde, Corsie, Staniforth; Lehmann, Daly, Hanson.
Substitutes: Leat, Nobbs, McLoughlin, Salmon, Mullett, Magill, Leon, Pacheco.

Man Utd (possible 4-2-3-1) Earps; Blundell, Le Tissier, Turner, George; Ladd, Zelem; L Garcia, Toone, Galton; Geyse.
Substitutes: Tullis-Joyce, Evans, Rabjohn, Riviere, Miyazawa, Irene Guerrero, Naalsund, Parris, Williams.

🥁 Drum roll, please…

📣 Presenting our first starting XI of 2023/24 — United We Rise! ❤️‍🔥#MUWomen || #WSL

— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) October 1, 2023

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the opening day of the WSL season. England’s triumphant World Cup (in the Italia 90 sense) and the rapid growth of women’s football makes this the most keenly anticipated season of all.

We’ll be covering all six games in a special, marathon, pressure-sore-inducing opening-day clockwatch. The most intriguing is probably at Villa Park, where Aston Villa, easily the best of the rest last season, host title-chasing Manchester United.

The champions Chelsea host Spurs in the late game, Arsenal play Liverpool at the Emirates and Manchester City have a tricky trip to West Ham. Most excitingly of all, a host of star signings, from Alessia Russo to Hinata Miyazawa, should make WSL debuts for their new teams.

We shouldn’t pretend that everything is brilliant – equality remains a thing of the future, and the WSL is a 12-team league in name and a four-team league in nature – but it’s probably fair to say women’s football has never been in a better state.

These are today’s games.

Aston Villa v Man Utd (12.30pm)

Everton v Brighton (1pm)

Bristol City v Leicester City (2pm)

Arsenal v Liverpool (2pm)

West Ham v Man City (3pm)

Chelsea v Tottenham (5.30pm)

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