The Hammers play The Blues this Saturday (5:30pm) at Kingsmeadow.
The claret and blue side have won one and lost one in the league so far, with the loss coming from Manchester City whilst picking up three points against Brighton away. The Hammers have also won their first game in the Conti Cup this week against Charlton, this sits them top of their group.
Since the start of the season there have been a few key players for the Hammers which include Riko Ueki, Kirsty Smith and in-form goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.
Ueki has already scored her first goal for the club in the game against Brighton where she got her head on a cross into the box to make the score line 2-0. But it has been her link up play that has caught the eye of many others.
Since July, Arnold has been in the limelight due to her amazing saves that helped The Matilda’s do what they did in their home World Cup. But since the start of the domestic season she has already kept a clean sheet in a match were she had to save 6 shots and saved Chloe Kelly’s penalty, who doesn’t tend to miss from the spot. With her form from last season and the World Cup, along with her leadership qualities, Arnold is the captain for the Hammers this year.
With Smith, she has been with the Hammers for some time now but she finally has got her first goal. The right back is more known for her creative flair, but hopefully West Ham can see her name on the scoresheet more often. Smith has played 90 minutes in both WSL games this season but was rested in the home fixture against Charlton, which hopefully means she will be fully fit for the away fixture against The Blues.
Even with the Hammers being in great form, away to the Champions will not be an easy fixture, but there is always a chance of an upset in the WSL.