With men’s domestic fixtures on hold for the international break, this weekend has been dedicated to the women’s game in England, with every Women’s Super League fixture broadcast live on television for the first time.
The weekend’s fixtures also include several high-profile derby matches. In addition to our capital clash with Arsenal on Sunday, Manchester United face Manchester City, while Birmingham City and Aston Villa meet in the WSL for the first time.
‘The work that’s gone on behind the scenes, especially of everybody in the Women’s FA, to put together a package of games over the weekend that will see a feast of football for women’s football fans up and down the country and culminating in top games, not only between us and Arsenal, but also the Manchester derby, I think is the stuff that we’ve worked so hard to achieve,’ said Hayes.
‘So I’m looking forward to seeing the broadcasting numbers and the quality on the pitch because I think without men’s football this weekend it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase ourselves.’
With the spotlight firmly on the WSL this weekend, Hayes was happy to report that she will have close to a full squad to pick from for the fixture away at the Gunners, with no new injury problems to report.
‘Fran [Kirby] is still not far away. I think she’ll miss this weekend but I can see her coming back with the group probably the back end of next week. Other than that I think I’ve got a fully fit squad to pick from this weekend, bar Drew [Spence] and Hannah [Blundell], who have been out with longer-term injuries.’