Chelsea have won the last three editions of the Women’s Super League and are looking to make it four in a row as the 2023-24 season begins.
Chelsea have been the dominant force in the Women’s Super League in recent years, winning the title in four of the last five seasons.
Emma Hayes’ side edged Manchester United to top spot last season by two points and will have to fight off a likely challenge from Arsenal and both Manchester clubs again this time around.
After the Women’s World Cup this summer, expect interest to be at an all-time high in the domestic top flight.
|What||Women’s Super League|
|Where||12 grounds across England|
|When||1st October 2023 – 18th May 2024|
|How to watch||Sky Sports, BBC|
|Odds||Chelsea 1/1, Arsenal 15/8, Man City 4/1, Man Utd 6/1|
Current Outright odds – 1/1
Chelsea did the double last season, winning the WSL championship and also securing the FA Cup for a third successive season after beating Manchester United 1-0 in May.
There have been some big changes for the Blues however, with club captain Magdalena Eriksson and key forward Pernille Harder departing to Bayern Munich.
New striker Catarina Macario has arrived on a free transfer from Lyon after scoring 23 goals in 33 games for the French giants.
The United States forward is recovering from a knee injury but should be ready to play a significant role this season.
Chelsea also signed Belgian goalkeeper Nicky Evrard and German midfielder Sjoeke Nüsken.
The Blues may struggle without their veteran pair but the signing of Macario is exciting and they remain the team to beat.
Current Outright odds - 15/8
Arsenal suffered a number of major injury issues last season, losing Beth Mead and Vivianne Midedema to ACL injuries.
Central defender Rafaelle Souza was a shock departure so the Gunners clearly had to strengthen in the transfer market.
England striker Alessia Russo was the standout signing of the summer, but they also added centre backs Laia Codina and Amanda Ilestedt, along with Canadian forward Cloe Lacasse.
Jonas Eidevall’s side look likely to fail in their attempts to prise Mary Earps from Manchester United however and crashed out of the Champions League in dramatic fashion with a penalty shootout loss to Paris FC.
Their sole focus will now fall onto the league, but they will have to be at their best to get the better of Chelsea.
Current Outright odds - 4/1
Manchester City finished fourth in the WSL last season, but broke the club transfer record to sign Dutch midfielder Jill Roord in an attempt to put that right.
They paid a reported fee of £300,000 but other than that have had quiet summer on the transfer front compared to some of their rivals.
Hayley Raso has departed for Real Madrid and young forward Jess Park has returned from loan at Everton last season where she netted five goals in 22 games in all competitions.
The singing of Roord is a big one for the Citizens and she will provide a real goal threat from midfield.
However it may be at the back where they need to tighten up, they conceded at least nine more goals than the other three teams in the top four.
Current outright odds - 6/1
Despite finishing second in last season’s WSL and ending the campaign as runners-up in the FA Cup, Manchester United are the biggest price of any of the top four after a tumultuous summer.
A total of 12 players have departed the Red Devils, including star striker Alessia Russo and World Cup-winning full-back Ona Batlle.
French Defenders Estelle Cascarino and Aissatou Tounkara have also left the club, further increasing the sense of flux around the club.
Goalkeeper Mary Earps, who starred for England at the World Cup, appears to have been persuaded to stay by Manchester United’s Champions League football after being linked with a move to Arsenal.
Brazilian forward Geyse has signed for the club, as well as Evie Rabjohn and Gemma Evans from Aston Villa and Reading respectively.