Emma Hayes’ Blues kick off 2022 with a place in the Continental Cup semi-final up for grabs and here we preview the quarter-final against West Ham United…
When and where?
The Blues travel to east London to face Olli Harder’s West Ham side at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Wednesday 7.30pm kick-off (UK time).
How to follow and watch live
Blues fans will be able to watch Wednesday evening's game live on the Chelsea website and the 5th Stand App.
As always, you can follow the game via Chelsea Women’s social media channels, which includes live commentary on our Twitter page and regular updates on Facebook and Instagram.
Just search ‘ChelseaFCW’ on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Full highlights of the match will be available on Thursday.
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We return to action having not played a match since 16 December, when we lost 4-0 away to VFL Wolfsburg in the Champions League. Our first two fixtures of 2022 were postponed due to Covid-19 disruptions, so Wednesday’s game will be the first time Emma Hayes’ side take to the pitch in over a month.
The Irons will be going into the quarter-final clash full of confidence having scored a stoppage-time equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur in the Women’s Super League on Sunday evening.
The Blues enter the competition at this stage due to participating in the Champions League. We will be looking to retain the Continental Cup for the third consecutive year after beating Bristol City in the 2021 final and Arsenal in 2020.
On the road to the final last year the Blues saw off Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and West Ham before beating Bristol City 6-0 at Vicarage Road.
West Ham progressed through to the quarter-final stage of this competition after finishing top of Group E with a 100 per cent win record. Their opponents in Group E were fellow Super League sides Brighton & Hove Albion and Birmingham City and Championship outfit London City Lionesses. The Irons are yet to concede in the competition this season.
West Ham vs Chelsea head-to-head record
We faced West Ham at the semi-final stage of the competition last year. Emma Hayes’ side ran out 6-0 winners thanks to a hat-trick from Pernille Harder and goals from Sophie Ingle, Bethany England and Fran Kirby to send us through to the final.
This will be our eighth meeting overall with the Irons and first this term. We have won seven and drawn once. Our most recent meeting came in March of last year in the FA WSL, as we came out 2-0 winners with goals from Sam Kerr and Bethany England.
The Blues will be facing the Irons again in just a week's time on Wednesday 26 January, 7pm kick-off at Kingsmeadow. The fixture was re-arranged following the postponement due to Covid-19 before the Christmas break.
Next up for the Blues
Emma Hayes’ side are back on the road again this weekend as we travel to Brighton & Hove Albion for our first Women’s Super League fixture of 2022 on Sunday 23 January, 12:30pm kick-off (UK time). Fans not attending the game will be able to watch every kick live on BBC.