Chelsea Women resume our Barclays Women’s Super League campaign after the festive break on Sunday when we host Reading Women at Kingsmeadow!
Here we preview the match and give you all the information you need…
WHEN AND WHERE?
The Blues return to action at Kingsmeadow on Sunday against Reading. The game kicks off at 12.30pm.
Tickets are still available to watch Chelsea’s first game of 2020 and cost just £1 for juniors (under-16) and seniors (aged over 65) and £9 for adults. They go off-sale on this website at 10pm tomorrow night (Saturday). The matchday ticketing booth at Kingsmeadow will also be open from 11am on Sunday.
Click here to buy your tickets
The Blues’ first half of the domestic campaign resulted in seven victories and two unexpected draws against league strugglers Brighton and Hove Albion and Liverpool. Impressive performances against fellow title contenders Arsenal and Manchester City were among our wins, too.
Read our short overview of all seven matches here.
Liverpool put a stop to our six-match winning streak in the WSL when we had to settle for a point on in the North-West. It took a brief lapse of concentration from the Blues defence for Liverpool to punish us and they took the lead after just five minutes when Niamh Charles poked home at the back-post from close-range.
But despite the tricky conditions due to the heavy rainfall, Emma Hayes’ side found a route back into the game 10 minutes later when top scorer Bethany England steered her powerful headed effort beyond Fran Kitching in the Reds’ goal.
The Blues created opportunities throughout and Maren Mjelde almost put us ahead twice with two dipping free-kicks, while our best chance came early in the second half from Sophie Ingle. The Welsh midfielders’ header against her former club pinged off the post but we were unable to get on the end of the rebound. Despite our pressure upon Liverpool in the closing stages of the match, the home side held out which ultimately meant a share of the points.
Reading ended the year on a high having won 3-1 against Tottenham Hotspur after being 1-0 down with 15 minutes remaining. The Royals goalscorers were Jo Potter, Remi Allen and Amalie Eikeland. As a result, they are sixth in the league standings with four wins out of nine.
CHELSEA V READING RECENT HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Chelsea are unbeaten in seven Women’s Super League games against Reading having won five and drawn two.
We hosted Reading for our final group stage match of the Continental Tyres Cup which was our last match at Kingsmeadow before the winter break. The Blues confirmed the top spot in Group D after the match ended in a 1-1 draw on 90 minutes. Deanna Cooper got us back into the game when she cancelled out Jo Potter’s free-kick. The defender struck powerfully from 30 yards out to register her second cup goal of the term. Due to the competition rules, the match went straight to a penalty shoot-out and our opponent came out on top to join us in the last eight of the competition.
The two sides locked horns at Adams Park on the last day of the 2018/19 WSL campaign. The match was an unforgettable occasion as we bid farewell to Hedvig Lindahl after an incredible four-and-a-half spell in between the Chelsea sticks. The match was a close contest and ended in a 3-2 win to the Blues.
Last January we knocked Reading out of the Continental Tyres Cup at the quarter-final stage after a thumping 4-0 triumph. Fran Kirby got us underway early on and Anita Asante scored her first-ever Chelsea goal close to half-time. Kirby fired home her second of the game and Ali Riley added to the scoresheet in the 90th minute. In December 2018, we recorded a 1-0 win, which was in the WSL when Ji nestled her effort into the bottom corner.
In the 2017/18 season, both matches finished 2-2.
TWO NEW BLUES
Chelsea returned to Cobham after the festive period on Sunday 29 December and new additions Sam Kerr and Jamie-Lee Napier completed their first ever training session as a Blue.
Sunday may be the first glimpse of the two in action at Kingsmeadow with both being available for selection!
Tickets will no longer be available to buy online from 10pm on Saturday night, but can be bought on the gate from 11am.
HOW TO FOLLOW AND WATCH LIVE
Supporters who cannot make it to Kingsmeadow can keep up to date with the match via our social media channels. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page, regular updates on Facebook and Instagram, plus footage of the matchday on our Instagram Story. Simply search ‘ChelseaFCW' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date!
The game will also be shown live on the BBC Red Button.
NEXT UP AT KINGSMEADOW
January is a busy month for Chelsea, with three out of four matches being played at home, giving you plenty of opportunities to catch the Blues in action!
If you cannot celebrate the New Year with us on Sunday, head down to our KT1 home the following week (Sunday 12 January) where we will face Bristol City, a game which kicks off at 2pm.
Three days later we host Championship high-flyers Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres League Cup. This match kicks off at 7pm.
Match information and tickets for both of these matches can be purchased here.