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Women’s Preview: Half-term action at home tonight


Chelsea Women play their second game at Kingsmeadow in four days and this time it is a league match versus Bristol City. Here is all you need to know ahead of the 7.30pm kick-off…

THE FORM

On Sunday we recorded a fantastic 3-0 victory over Arsenal in a repeat of last season’s Women’s FA Cup final, booking our spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s competition. Bethany England’s 13th and 14th goals of the season and defender Jonna Andersson’s first proved to be the difference between the sides as we recorded our second win over the Gunners in 2019. Our two games prior to that were both against Manchester City. We lost to our rivals in the Continental Tyres League Cup semi-final and then drew 2-2 in the league game at the Academy Stadium.

Bristol City head to Kingsmeadow on the back of their first loss since November. They were beaten 2-0 by a Durham side whose reward is a quarter-final tie at home to the Blues next month. The Vixens had previously gone eight games without defeat in all competitions, which helped them up to fifth in the WSL standings. Manager Tanya Oxtoby is certainly well equipped to get them in the right frame of mind to respond to that loss – the Australian, formerly assistant manager at Birmingham, used to work as a full-time psychologist.
 

English Women's Super League 2018/2019
1Manchester City Women15105042103235
2Arsenal Women13110250113933
3Chelsea FC Women1585224111329
4Birmingham City Women149141912728
5Bristol City Women FC146441316-322
6Reading FC Women135351818018
7West Ham United Women FC145181927-816
8Liverpool Women145181122-1116
9Brighton and Hove Albion Women152310931-229
10Everton Ladies12138723-166
11Yeovil Town Ladies131012839-313

FREE SCARF AND FAMILY FUN

Tickets for tonight’s game are available from the Ticket Mobile Unit at the stadium for cash payments from 90 minutes before kick-off, priced £6 for adults and £3 for juniors. What’s more, all supporters attending the game will receive a free Chelsea scarf on the night.

With local schools on half-term, bring the family and enjoy an evening of entertainment with Blues mascots Stamford and Bridget in attendance. Be sure to arrive early as our junior fans can also pick up a number of exciting free giveaways around the ground.
 

HOW TO FOLLOW

Those not attending can keep up to date with the matchday experience via our social media channels. There will be live text commentary on our Twitter page, regular updates on Facebook and for behind-the-scenes footage, make sure you check out our matchday Instagram Story. Simply search 'ChelseaFCW' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

EARLIER THIS SEASON

We met Bristol City in our second WSL fixture of the 2018/19 campaign and it was a hugely frustrating night at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. Despite creating plenty of chances, we were unable to force our way through, with Sophie Baggaley producing fine stops to deny Ramona Bachmann and Fran Kirby, while the former also hit the crossbar.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Before that game last September, our recent record against the Vixens was blemish free – which is in stark contrast to the early WSL meetings between the sides, when we recorded only one victory from the first six matches against them, with a couple of goalless draws thrown in for good measure.

BRISTOL WOMEN (A) WSL 17/18

After that we recorded six straight top-flight wins against them, plus a Continental Tyres League Cup group-stage victory last term, a run which included two historic matches that are detailed further in this gallery.

BRIGHT’S ENGLAND ABSENCE

Millie Bright will be missing from the England squad at the upcoming SheBelieves Cup, as part of the long-term management of her return to full fitness. However, we will have three representatives in the Lionesses squad for the four-team tournament, which starts in the United States later this month, as Carly Telford, Karen Carney and Fran Kirby have all been called up.

‘It’s obviously disappointing for Millie to miss out on the SheBelieves Cup through injury, but our priority – and Millie’s – is to manage her rehabilitation very carefully,’ said manager Phil Neville. ‘We are taking a long-term approach to her recovery process to ensure she is back to full fitness in time for this summer’s World Cup in France.’

England face Brazil on 27 February, the US on 2 March and Japan on 5 March.
 

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