The bottom side of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 1, Aberdeen, hosts sixth-placed Rangers.
This is the third home game in a row for Aberdeen, however, they have yet to pick up a single point in that run – something they will be looking to end today. There are just two points between them and safety so it is not the time to start panicking, but with a big game coming up against Hamilton Academical in a fortnight time, they need confidence going into a critical encounter.
Amy McDonald’s Rangers side are travelling up to Aberdeen in a good run of form: picking up four points from the past two matches, and reaching the Semi-Finals of the SSE Scottish Cup. They are in the battle for third place, but sitting five points behind that position, they need to pick up as many points as possible if they are to have a chance of finishing there.
This is the fourth time these two sides have met this season. In the two games in the league, Rangers won both matches: winning 1-0 at home and defeating Aberdeen 4-1 at New Tinto Park – the first home win under McDonald. The other game came in the SSE Scottish Cup Second Round which Rangers required extra-time to triumph.
A win could see Aberdeen move up to seventh and safety, whilst Rangers will remain sixth regardless of the result as they are four points behind fifth-placed Celtic.
Glasgow City returns to their ‘home’ Petershill Park as they welcome Spartans, and City could give a debut to new resigning Eilish McSorley.
The title race is so tight at the top and this is the start of an important seven days for both City and their rivals Hibernian. Currently, Glasgow City lead Hibernian by just two points, having played one game extra – but with the two title rivals meeting on Thursday, a win against Spartans is important. Since the break, they’ve picked up four points from six. Spartans, of course, are the last team to have beaten City in the league – beating them 3-0.
Spartans are sitting in third place, but their three-game unbeaten run came to an end last Sunday as they lost 3-0 to Celtic. They are joint-third though only on goal difference, and they will be travelling to City looking to ruin the party. Suzy Shepherd has a young and exciting attacking side that has the capability of causing an upset.
This is the third time these sides have met this season. In the only other encounter in the league, City won 5-0 at Ainslie Park and City triumphed in the Second Round of the SSE Scottish Cup by the same scoreline and venue.
Glasgow City needs to win to be guaranteed in staying top of the table whilst Spartans also need to win to stay third – and could drop down to fifth if they lose.
Seventh-placed Hamilton Academical welcome Celtic to The SuperSeal Stadium in a repeat of the opening game of the season.
That game was won by Celtic 2-1, although they required their keeper Megan Cunningham to produce a superb late save to hold onto the win.
Hamilton is in seventh-place on four points and in a fortnight’s time, play their relegation rivals Aberdeen, so they are coming into an important period of their season. This is their first home game since the mid-season break, having drawn away to Spartans and lost 3-0 to Glasgow City.
Last Sunday, Celtic beat Spartans as they ended a run of poor form as they were knocked out of the SSE Scottish Cup, and losing three games in the league. That run has seen them drop down from third to fifth place, and with one point separating those places, it is going to be a fascinating battle for third place.
This is the third time these sides have met this season. Along with 2-1 win for Celtic on the opening day, Celtic were the winners of the second game by a more comfortable scoreline, 4-0.
Stirling University host second-placed Hibernian.
If Stirling University avoids defeat, they will have taken points off every single SWPL 1 side. They are in a fascinating battle for third place – and go into the match in fourth-place, but only on goal difference. Since the mid-season break, Stirling has drawn both their league games – a goalless draw against Glasgow City before drawing 1-1 with Rangers.
This is actually the first league game that Hibernian have played since the mid-season break, due to Champions League Qualifiers and catching up in the SSE Scottish Cup. They are two points behind their title rivals Glasgow City, and with the two sides meeting this Thursday, it seems that it will be vital that Hibernian picks up three points against Stirling. Due to the lack of league games played in August and September, it is no surprise that they have played one game less than City.
In the two league games between the two sides this season, Hibernian have won both – winning them 2-0 and 3-0.
Stirling could move up to third with a win but could drop down to fifth if they lose. Hibernian need to win to have any chance of moving up to first.