League leaders Celtic FC Women make the short journey to Petershill Park in the north side of Glasgow this afternoon to take on Glasgow City in the SWPL1.
Both teams go into this game protecting their own 100% records having won all eight games played so far this season. Incidentally theRangers have also win all their matches and are currently in second place behind Celtic on a goal difference of just one.
How the league managed to get to Halloween weekend before any of the big three faced each other is actually pretty incredible but a win today for Fran Alonso’s team will be crucial for many factors.
Last season while Celtic enjoyed considerable success in cup competitions, winning both the League Cup and Scottish Cup by defeating Glasgow City on both finals (having previously knocked out theRangers in both competitions), Fran Alonso’s side drifted off the pace in the league and failed to make an impact in these crunch matches.
— Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) October 28, 2022
And last weekend’s controversial defeat to Spartans in the League Cup, where star player Jacynta was sent off for telling the referee to get out of the way (guy thought he was playing centre-half), Celtic have gone into their shells this week and have given no media build-up to what is a huge game this afternoon.
Is Jacynta suspended or will that apply to the next League cup fixture next season? Is there a mechanism to appeal a sending off in the women’s game? This one was far worse that anything we watched at Tynecastle last Saturday? Has Celtic written to the Scottish FA about these incidents? Who knows.
Fran Alonso likes to rotate his squad but today will be looking at the strongest possible starting eleven. Hopefully Jacynta is available to play after that disgraceful red card last weekend and alongside Clarissa Larisey, Alonso can could on the two best players in the Scottish game who lead the scoring charts in the SWPL (the Canadian international striker is one ahead of the Australian international playmaker). Here’s Fran Alonso talking to Celtic TV yesterday, to provide the only preview of today’s top of the table clash.
🎥 Watch as manager Fran Alonso previews tomorrow’s big match against Glasgow City.
— Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) October 29, 2022
Glasgow City v Celtic FC Women kicks off at 4.10pm. You can pay at the gate at Petershill Park and it’s £8 for adults and £2 for concessions.
Where to Watch
The game is live on BBC Alba so if you can’t get along to cheer on Celtic then sit back and enjoy the action on television.
Three points today should be the target and if Celtic FC Women play to their potential that is very much on the cards. Player to watch is Clarissa Larisey, on course for the SWPL1 Player of the Year. Enjoy watching her in the Hoops while you can folks!
🔥 Matchday 🔥
North Glasgow versus the East End…
🆚 Glasgow City
🏟 Petershill Park
🎟 £8/£2 PATG
— Celtic FC Women (@CelticFCWomen) October 30, 2022