Match Preview

Bristol City Women v Chelsea Women preview: Kick-off time, how to watch the game live and much more!

Chelsea FC Women travel west to take on Bristol City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League tomorrow.

 Here we give you all the match details…

When and where?

The match will take place at Twerton Park, Bath. The game kicks off at 2pm on Sunday.

How to follow and watch live

As part of our Super Sunday of live football, this game is being streamed live on the 5th Stand app, this website, Chelsea Women’s Facebook page and our official YouTube channel. Please note geographical restrictions apply.

If you are unable to tune in to the action, you can keep up to date with the match via our social media channels too. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page and regular content on Instagram and Facebook. All you need to do is search ‘ChelseaFCW' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

The form

Should Chelsea win tomorrow, we will break the Women’s Super League record for the longest unbeaten streak of 32 games.

Emma Hayes’ side were last in action on Wednesday evening when we battled it out against Manchester City for a semi-final spot of the Continental League Cup. It was 2-2 at full-time and the Blues came out on top after winning 4-2 in extra-time. 

We took the lead on the stroke of half-time through player of the match Melanie Leupolz, who smashed home a half-volley inside the box, but City levelled the scoring shortly after the break when Chloe Kelly took advantage of a defensive mix-up. 

Our hosts looked to have knocked us out of the competition when Lauren Hemp netted inside the final 10 minutes. However, there was a moment of magic as substitute Niamh Charles blasted a sublime volley which flew into the top corner to confirm extra-time. Guro Reiten put us ahead early into the additional 30, when she slid home a cross at the back post ,and just before the break, Sophie Ingle unleashed an unbelievable long-range left-footed strike that went flying and completely out of reach of Karen Bardsley in the City goal.
 

Just days before that, Chelsea picked up three points in what was a top-of-the-table clash against Manchester United at home. The match which finished 2-1 meant that we leapfrogged United into top spot in the league standings with one game in hand. Despite a hatful of Chelsea chances, we finally got the opener on the half-hour when Pernille Harder bundled home the ball from within a crowded six-yard box. 

On came Lauren James for the Red Devils just before the hour mark and within minutes she made an instant impact, blasting a shot beyond Ann-Katrin Berger. The Blues responded well and three minutes later we had the lead again through Fran Kirby. With her lightning pace, the No14 beat the United backline as she latched onto a clearance from Berger to comfortably slot home.

Bristol on the other hand are struggling in the league this season having lost nine and drawn two. Their first match of the New Year resulted in a 4-0 defeat to Everton. It was also the Robins’ first game under Matt Beard who has taken temporary charge until the end of the season while Tanya Oxtoby is on maternity leave.

However, Beard and Bristol have a Conti Cup semi-final to look forward to after they edged a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa last Wednesday. The Robins took the lead 10 minutes after the break through a curling effort from Ebony Salmon and the forward got her second of the night as she steered her effort past the Villa keeper. The Midlands team pulled one back through Nadine Larsen but they held on to secure the triumph.

Chelsea v Bristol City recent head-to-head record

Chelsea have won 11 of our past 12 Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches with Bristol City, netting 49 goals in the process.

The last time we met was earlier on in the season in what was the Blues’ first home game this term. League history was made that day as we thumped the Robins 9-0 with nine different goalscorers, the highest number in a single match. 

Kirby got us underway inside the first quarter of an hour, and Maren Mjelde doubled our lead from the penalty spot, sparking a run of four goals in nine minutes. Leupolz registered her first Chelsea goal with a diving header and she was soon joined by Erin Cuthbert and Millie Bright. Cuthbert’s effort flew in from range and Bright powerfully headed home a free-kick on the stroke of half-time.

Bethany England scored her first goal of 2020/21 when she turned home a rebound and then substitutes Charles and Harder finished smartly to join Leupolz in scoring their maiden goals for the Blues. Kerr completed the scoring when she confidently placed her shot beyond the keeper.

The match before that came in January 2020 when we beat them 6-1 at Kingsmeadow. England and Ji So-Yun netted a brace while Hannah Blundell and Jess Carter also found their names on the scoresheet. The away match of last season ended in a 4-0 win. Reiten scored two goals, Ji found the net and Ingle netted her first-ever Chelsea goal.

The Blues have good memories away to Bristol as we clinched our second Women’s Super League title in the 2017/18 season with a comfortable 2-0 win over the Robins.

Next up for the Blues

After tomorrow, Chelsea’s next match is Wednesday night away to Aston Villa, before we host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The midweek WSL fixture kicks off at 7.30pm and is live on the FA Player. Chelsea v Spurs, which has a 12.30pm kick-off, is also available to watch as it is being broadcast live on the BBC Red Button.
 

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