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Women's Preview: Semi-final to savour

Chelsea meet Manchester City tonight at Kingsmeadow for the right to contest the Continental Cup final, and we have all the info you need of a huge semi-final for which tickets are still available...

THE FORM

The Blues returned to winning ways on Sunday afternoon, recording a 2-0 win over Everton to seal our passage into the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup. It looked as though the game could be heading to extra-time, as Toffees keeper Kirsty Levell played a blinder, but Drew Spence finished off a well-worked counter-attacking goal just after the hour to open the scoring, before Hannah Blundell tapped home from close-range in added on time to seal the victory. That was our 12th win from the last 13 matches we’ve played, a run which goes back to mid-October.

Manchester City have not been beaten since the end of September, when they were eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid. Their record since then has seen them win 13 of 15 matches, drawing the other two, and their most recent outing was on Saturday when they beat Watford in the Women’s FA Cup.

Gallery: Chelsea Women's past semi-finals against Man City


HOW TO FOLLOW

Tickets will be available on the gate, but those not attending today’s game can still 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. The game will also be shown live on the FA WSL’s Facebook page.

ROAD TO THE LAST FOUR

Both sides have won all six of their Continental Tyres League Cup fixtures this term, registering a 100 per cent record in the group stage before winning handsomely in the quarter-finals. We came through a section which included Brighton, Crystal Palace, London Bees, Tottenham Hotspur and Yeovil Town and then saw off Reading in the last eight, while City topped a group comprising Birmingham, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Leicester City, before beating Brighton in the first knockout round.

ELSWHERE IN THE CONTI CUP

The other semi-final tie takes place tomorrow night as Arsenal host Manchester United. Kick-off is at 7.30pm and the game is live on BT Sport 1.

EARLIER THIS SEASON

We met City on the opening weekend of the WSL campaign, a match that ended goalless. Although neither side could find a way through, with both defences largely on top, there were chances at either end of the pitch. Chelsea will point to having come the closer to breaking the deadlock, most noticeably through Ramona Bachmann and Ji So-Yun, but a point was perhaps the fairest result.

The reverse fixture takes place this Sunday at City’s Academy Stadium ahead of the meeting between the respective men’s teams at the Etihad later in the afternoon. 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Chelsea and Manchester City have squared off regularly in the last four of the domestic cup competitions. Here’s a gallery of some of our best moments in the five previous semi-final meetings. 

SEE THE BLUES AT KINGSMEADOW

There are two more opportunities to see the Blues in action at our KT1 home this month. On Sunday 17 February we host Arsenal in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup, in a repeat of last season’s final. Then, during half-term, we have a midweek match against Bristol City, which is our next home league game, on Wednesday 20 February. Fans attending that game can pick up a free Chelsea FC scarf with every ticket.
 

Tickets are available to buy here

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