It’s Women’s Football Weekend and Chelsea FC Women travel across the capital to face Arsenal in a Barclays FA Women’s Super League blockbuster match. Here is our preview ahead of the London derby…
When and where?
The Blues will make the journey to Arsenal’s Meadow Park for what is expected to be a mouth-watering clash against two title contenders. The match takes place tomorrow (Sunday) and kicks off at 2.30pm.
How to follow
Fans can keep up to date with how the match unfolds via our social media channels. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page and regular updates on Facebook and Instagram. Simply search ‘ChelseaFCW' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The match is also being broadcast live on BT Sport and coverage begins from 2pm.
Women’s Football Weekend
The match takes place during Women's Football Weekend, an event launched by the FA to capitalise on the men's international break over the weekend of 14-15 of November.
Due to current government guidelines not permitting access to the stadiums, the FA have ensured every Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship fixture will be broadcast. This season for the first time ever, Barclays FA WSL fixtures will be staggered over the weekend, meaning fans can watch all six matches without any kick-off clashes.
Fans can show their support by tuning into the action and using #WomensFootballWeekend on social media.
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea go into this match having made club history with a new unbeaten record of 26 Women’s Super League games. The Blues set this new record last weekend by defeating Everton 4-0 at Kingsmeadow and that win put us in third place with one game in hand.
It was a comfortable afternoon with the Blues taking the lead through a Ji So-Yun half-volley inside the first 15 minutes and our domination finally paid off late on in the second half when our No.9 England notched a quick-fire brace. Pernille Harder topped off the day with a sensational left-footed strike in added timeby
Our opponents Arsenal who are currently in second place in league standings, will be looking to bounce back after suffering their first defeat of the WSL season last Sunday having been beaten 1-0 by leaders Manchester United. The Red Devils caught the Gunners on the counter attack and Ella Toone found the bottom corner in the 83rd minute.
Chelsea vs Arsenal recent head-to-head record
Chelsea against Arsenal is one of the biggest and most exciting fixtures in the women’s game. Tomorrow will be our 31st meeting with the Gunners, with our last encounter at the beginning of October in the Conti Cup. Chelsea got off to a strong start in our defence of the League Cup after winning 4-1 under the Kingsmeadow lights.
Captain Magdalena Eriksson headed home a corner with just six minutes on the clock and although the Gunners cancelled out Eriksson’s finish almost instantly when Caitlin Foord rifled a shot into the far corner from range, Guro Reiten netted a quick-fire brace to extend our lead. Bethany England notched her landmark 50th Chelsea goal moments before the full-time whistle blew to cap off a brilliant night for the Blues.
Last term the Blues came up against Arsenal three times and were victorious on all three occasions. Chelsea clinched the 2019/20 Continental League Cup in dramatic fashion after England netted her second of the final deep into stoppage time to ensure we ran out 2-1 winners.
The other two wins were in the WSL, beating them 2-1 at home and 4-1 away. The first game was at our KT1 home and the Blues found ourselves trailing a goal but England levelled the scoring and then substitute Maria Thorisdottir struck superbly in the latter stages of the match to earn us the win.
The reverse fixture took place at the end of January and it was a ruthless performance from the reigning WSL champions Chelsea. England got us underway inside 10 minutes with a wonderful curling effort and three minutes later Kerr opened her Chelsea account with a powerful headed effort. Sophie Ingle made it three with an incredible volley and Reiten joined in on the act with a towering header after the break. Beth Mead was Arsenal’s scorer when she poked a late effort past Ann-Katrin Berger.
One game in recent times which will not be forgotten was when we beat Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley Stadium to lift the 2018 FA Cup in front of more than 45,000 fans. Former Blue Ramona Bachmann scored a brace and Fran Kirby was on target that day, too.
The Blues travel to Championship side London City Lionesses on Wednesday evening for our final Continental League Cup group match and it kicks off at 7.30pm.