On Sunday Chelsea FC Women go up against Manchester City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and here is everything you need to know ahead of the big clash.
When and where?
Emma Hayes and her team host Manchester City at Kingsmeadow on Sunday and kick-off is 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.
International day of the girl
The clash with Manchester City falls on International Day of the Girl 2020 and Hayes’ players be will be showing their support to our global charity partner, Plan International’s #ListenToGirls campaign, with the aim of protecting girls’ safety online.
As the coronavirus pandemic forces our lives to move increasingly online, girls are at risk now more than ever. To show our backing for the campaign, the Blues squad will be warming up in Plan International’s colours ahead of our fixture on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea have built good momentum going into this clash, with our latest result being 4-1 against other rivals Arsenal in the Continental League Cup on Wednesday evening.
The Blues got off to a perfect start when skipper Magdalena Eriksson headed home Maria Thorisdottir’s corner with just six minutes on the clock. Although the Gunners cancelled out Eriksson’s finish almost instantly when Caitlin Foord rifled a shot into the far corner from range, the Blues continued with the game plan and were 3-1 with just quarter of an hour gone.
Guro Reiten netted a quick-fire brace to extend our lead and it was Thorisdottir who turned provider once again when she swung in a nicely-timed ball for Reiten to direct into the far bottom corner to register her first goal this term. Her second goal came from a rebound and the Norwegian international managed to smash her first-time effort over Manuela Zinsberger in the Gunners goal. A landmark 50th goal came for Bethany England moments before the full-time whistle blew when she got on the end of Eriksson’s clearance to coolly steer past the keeper, topping off a commanding performance from the Blues.
Chelsea’s last league match finished in a 1-0 win away to Birmingham City, with Fran Kirby being the matchwinner. The forward gave us an early lead when she leaped beyond her marker and met Erin Cuthbert’s pin-point free-kick to send us in the lead.
Opponents City also played in their first Conti Cup group stage match on Wednesday evening and they came back from behind to win 3-1 against Everton. The Toffees’ Danielle Carter had broken the deadlock on 20 minutes with a clinical finish at the far post. One of City’s new signings, American Rose Lavelle, levelled the scoring seven minutes into the second half from a set-piece and just as the match looked to be heading for a draw and a penalty shoot-out, Chloe Kelly finished from close range. Youngster Jess Park sealed the victory for her team with a thumping effort.
Man City are currently on the same points as us in the Women’s Super League having won two and drawn one. Gareth Taylor’s side ran out 4-1 victors in their last WSL outing against Tottenham Hotspur. Kelly netted a brace, with USA international Sam Mewis and Ellen White also contributing to the scoreline.
Chelsea vs Manchester City recent head-to-head record
Sunday will be our 21st meeting with Manchester City, with our last encounter being at the start of 2020/21 season in the Women’s Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. The curtain-raiser finished in a convincing 2-0 triumph to the Blues.
After several missed opportunities from us in the first half and with Manchester City also hitting the post, it somehow remained 0-0 at the break. Our opponents went down to 10 players when Jill Scott was dismissed after a second bookable offence and from then on Chelsea took full control of the game.
Centre-back Millie Bright unleashed a powerful strike which flew into the top corner to put us ahead and substitute Erin Cuthbert sealed the win with a quality stoppage-time finish inside the 18-yard-box.
Our last WSL game finished in an entertaining 3-3 draw, which ended up being our final league match of 2019/20, following the eventual termination of all competitive football due to the global pandemic.
The aforementioned draw back in February proved to be one of the most entertaining games of the WSL era. The Blues fell behind twice, before taking the lead through forward England in the 74th minute, only to be pegged back two minutes later as the match ended level. We edged a 2-1 triumph in last season’s home fixture at Kingsmeadow by fighting back from being a goal behind as England and Maren Mjelde netted two late goals.
The Blues’ next fixture against Aston Villa, which was due to take place on Saturday 17 October, has been postponed following a member of their first-team squad testing positive for COVID-19. The new date of this fixture will be announced in due course.
That now means there will be over three weeks without domestic football for Chelsea due to the international break. Our next match takes place on Wednesday 4 November against Tottenham Hotspur in the Continental Tyres League Cup. The game kicks off at 7pm and will take place at our KT1 home.