By 90Min
July 08, 2019

Manchester City will welcome rivals Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, 7 September during the opening weekend of the upcoming Women's Super League season.

The Red Devils are set for their first taste of top-flight action after gaining promotion from the Championship last season, and they could hardly have asked for a bigger game to begin the campaign.

City took to their official website to confirm the details of the game, which will be the first ever meeting between City and United's women sides. The Citizens are set to play at the Etihad for just the second time in their history, having faced Everton there in 2014.

On the decision to play at the Etihad, Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football at City, said: “Following an exciting summer of women’s football and the Lionesses’ form in France, we wanted to kick off the new season with a bang.


"Having the Manchester Derby as our home opener was the perfect opportunity to play a game at the Etihad Stadium and welcome our seven Manchester City Lionesses home.

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“We are delighted to have our new kit partner PUMA on board to build even more excitement around this historic game.”

To add to the excitement of the opening weekend, Chelsea will also welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Stamford Bridge on 8 September, with the Blues adding on their website that all fans will be able to attend the game free of charge.

If those derbies weren't already enough, there will also be another London derby on opening weekend, with Arsenal set to take on West Ham United.

The 2019 WSL is set to be the biggest in history, with 12 sides set to take part in the competition. Arsenal are the defending champions, but there are plenty of sides who will be looking to take their place on the throne.

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