Arsenal duo Jayne Ludlow (left) and Katie Chapman lift The FA WSL trophy.
By Declan Taylor - Saturday, 06 October, 2012
Arsenal Ladies will aim to finish The FA WSL season unbeaten
Birmingham City v Arsenal
The FA WSL
Sunday 7 October 2012
The DCS Stadium, Stratford Town FC
FA WSL champions Arsenal can complete an unbeaten season if they avoid defeat during Sunday's visit to Birmingham in their Continental Cup Final dress rehearsal.
But the second-place Blues, one of only two teams to have previously beaten the Gunners in WSL history, will be desperate to end Arsenal's 'Invincibles' aspirations at the DCS Stadium.
David Parker's side, who lost 4-2 when the sides met earlier in the season, could also land a psychological blow with a victory, ahead of Wednesday's Continental Cup showdown.
But the sides head into the game having experienced very different European emotions in midweek. Arsenal cruised into the Champions League last 16 with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Barcelona, which secured a 7-0 aggregate victory.
Birmingham, meanwhile, crashed out of the competition in their tie with Verona, despite beating the Italian side 2-0 in the first leg.
But Verona tied the aggregate scores in normal time before Cristiana Girelli hit the extra-time winner to send Birmingham out of Europe.
Sunday's clash, their last WSL fixture of the season, provides the Blues with the perfect opportunity to bounce back but they will face a rampant Arsenal side who have won their last six games in all competitions.
And, should the visitors win, they will finish the season eleven points clear of second place.
Birmingham are virtually guaranteed to claim the runners-up spot, regardless of the result against Arsenal. They are currently three points clear of Everton and have a far superior goal difference.
Everton host Bristol Academy in their final fixture and victory would draw them level on poinst with Birmingham, should they lose against Arsenal.
But they would need a big win against Bristol, and hope for a Birmingham thrashing, to claim second spot as their goal difference is currently ten goals inferior.
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