Aston Villa’s survival could be a significant blow to WSL since Liverpool’s relegation

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The Women’s Super League title race is not the only thing that has got fans at the edge of their seats this season.

While the two sides are constantly trying to pull each other to the head of the table, there is a four-sided war facing the other side.

While everyone scrambled to see if Manchester City would be able to snatch the Chelsea title for the second time in a row, the most thrilling act lies in the dust of a setback. 

West Ham, Aston Villa, Bristol City, and Birmingham are all battling for a draw as WSL draws close.

Since its inception, England’s top flight with expectation when it comes to winners and losers. 

Everton and Bristol City were both relegated to the WSL in their early years but returned almost immediately.

On the flip side, Yeovil Town secured promotion to the top tier in 2016. But it only took one season before the points cut sent them back to the following year.

Only two sides have won the WSL title, and three of them are still as big as life within the league. Chelsea, Man City, and Arsenal continue to be English heavyweights on either side for fear of facing them.

However, the two-time Liverpool winners have fallen sharply in favor since playing backward.

Reds were eliminated from the WSL after the 2019/20 season

The Reds were eliminated from the WSL after the 2019/20 season cuts and decided on a points system per game. 

After losing 10 of their 14 games, they got relegated to the tournament, much to the delight of struggling Birmingham. 

While many predict that Liverpool will return, their inconsistent performance leaves them without a statistical chance of getting a promotion this season.

This tide change had left many fans stunned, as can be expected. When the two league champions, i.e., Aston Villa and Chelsea, were demoted six years later. 

However, this is living proof that English football competition is improving and almost anything can happen.

Underdogs Villa can cause resentment.

On paper, Aston Villa probably looked like the favorites to face defeat this season because they are the new meat in the league.

Aston Villa Sports- Give Me Sport
Aston Villa in Women’s Super League (Source: Give Me Sport)

The Villains frustrated Sheffield United and Durham in their final campaign for their title, finishing the season with 40 points thanks to a great defeat.

The Midlands team did not lose a single point all season and went their way over the top brackets line. 

While the WSL is a big step up from the Championship level, it has shown that either team can take points from anyone this year.

Prospective champions and reigning champions Chelsea looked foolish as Brighton & Hove Albion snatched all three points at Kingsmeadow in February. 

Bristol City’s nominees have also caused a great deal of frustration in reading’s ongoing reading earlier this month. It has been a significant factor in their survival battle.

Villa faced disappointing results in their first WSL season.

Villa faced disappointing results in their first WSL season. But they have equally produced strong performances to get ten points on the board so far. 

Aston Villa in WSL- The Guardian
Aston Villa in WSL (Source: The Guardian)

While this still puts them at significant risk, they are ahead of the West Ham table by one point and follow behind Bristol.

It’s a battle that will land on the fence. However, Aston Villa could have had enough to stop the fight and keep it afloat. 

Summer signing Mana Iwabuchi has been the club’s all-time leading scorer this season. Scoring goals against Reading and Spurs to ensure his team comes out with a good result.

According to FbRef, the Japanese player has scored two goals in the WSL this season and has helped once. Only Ramona Petzelberger has netted many times in Villa so far.

Iwabuchi’s influence in front of goals has been very positive for Villa. His impressive long-distance strike against Tottenham last month was not only a matter of stocks. But it was enough to make Villa a big win.

With five games left in the 2020/21 season, there is everything to be played under the WSL table. 

Suppose Villa can defend the excellent draw zone and defend its survival. It means the top side will take over. 

Whether West Ham, Bristol or Birmingham, will be another significant factor if the underdogs can force the other side to take the fall.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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