It’s back to Continental Tyres Cup action for Emma Hayes’ side tonight as Chelsea Women look to continue our unbeaten run of victories as we host Tottenham Hotspur at Kingsmeadow. Here is our preview ahead of the London derby…
Here is our preview ahead of the London derby…
WHEN AND WHERE
Our penultimate Group D Continental Tyres Cup fixture takes place at our KT1 home this evening, with a kick-off of 7pm.
Tickets are still available for this fixture and are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for juniors (under 20) and seniors (over 65). Tickets will no longer be available to buy on ChelseaFC.com from 2pm today, but our matchday ticket booth at Kingsmeadow will be in operation 90 minutes prior to kick-off.
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HOW TO FOLLOW
Fans who cannot make it to Kingsmeadow tonight can keep up to date with the match via our social media channels. There will be live text commentary on our Twitter page, regular updates on Facebook and for behind-the-scenes footage, make sure you check out our matchday Instagram story. Simply search 'ChelseaFCW' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
The Blues are flying high having been undefeated in both the Continental Tyres Cup and Barclays Women’s Super League thus far this term.
On Sunday we edged a 1-0 win against WSL newcomers Manchester United after Maren Mjelde coolly slotted home from the spot. It was an extremely tough contest against the north-west side, with both teams having chances to punish one another. However, the decisive moment of the match came in the second half when substitute Fran Kirby came on and was fouled in the box resulting in a penalty. Her Norwegian team-mate bravely stepped up and placed her effort into the bottom left-hand corner with 25 minutes left to play. The victory meant that we stay at the top of the WSL table having won five and drawn one.
The Blues are also top of Group D after winning all three Continental Cup fixtures that we have played. Chelsea’s first cup fixture was against West Ham for our first home game of the season at Kingsmeadow. Bethany England found the back of the net with a half-volley and Guro Reiten scored her first as a Blue to ensure we took the three points. The second cup game against Crystal Palace, England scored a quick-fire brace and Drew Spence found the net in the latter stages of the contest.
Our most recent cup game was against Championship club Lewes and we came away triumphant despite the testing weather conditions in East Sussex. The scoreline finished 2-1, Erin Cuthbert notched the first goal of the game when she slotted beyond the goalkeeper and then Lewes levelled the scoring just before the interval when Katie Rood struck sensationally into the far corner. Captain Magdalena Eriksson got the winner in the 80th minute to restore our lead.
Tottenham are in their maiden season in the top tier having been promoted from the Championship after finishing second behind Manchester United. A club that have evidently settled into the WSL well are currently sixth in the table after three wins and three defeats. As for their Continental Cup campaign, Spurs are third with five points after two wins and one loss. The top two teams of each group advance to the quarter-finals, so our visitors will be determined to grab three points from Chelsea tonight.
On Sunday they hosted Arsenal in front of 38,262 supporters at the men’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which was a new WSL record set as part of the FA’s Women’s Football Weekend. The match finished in a defeat after the Gunners scored two second-half goals courtesy of Kim Little and Vivianne Miedema. Tottenham got their second win of the Continental League Cup with hree goals past Crystal Palace at the beginning of November. Anna Filbey headed Spurs in front after just six minutes and Kit Graham and substitute Lucy Guinn sealed the win for the away side with two goals in the last 10 minutes.
The other cup win came versus West Ham. It was decided through a penalty shoot-out when the match finished 2-2 on full-time and Spurs eventually triumphed 4-2 on penalties to take the point. They lost 4-0 to Reading in the cup too who our next opponents in the competition.
CHELSEA V TOTTENHAM HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Tonight’s game is the fourth ever meet between the sides and the second of 2019/20. Chelsea began our WSL season against our London neighbours at Stamford Bridge in front of a bumper crowd and got off to a winning start thanks to England who hit spectacularly from range just minutes into the clash.
The Blues have played against Spurs twice previously in the Continental Tyres Cup group stage. In December 2017 Chelsea won the game 4-1 which was also a celebration occasion for our long-serving left-back, Claire Rafferty, who now works in Chelsea’s partnership department. Hannah Blundell opened the scoring when she fired us in front, Kirby scored twice and though Spurs pulled one back, Drew Spence completed the scoring in the victory.
The other game came almost exactly a year later in the same cup competition when we travelled away and triumphed 5-0. Deanna Cooper scored her first Chelsea goal when she struck early on and not long after that Ali Riley, who now plays for Bayern Munich, opened her account for the club by curling her effort into the far corner. Chelsea’s former skipper, Karen Carney, finished off an excellent team move and England headed home in the second half. The forward then added her second and the Blues’ fifth of the match with a clever left-footed effort.
ELSEWHERE IN GROUP D
West Ham welcome Lewes to Rush Green tomorrow evening for a 7.30pm kick-off, while Reading and Crystal Palace play their game at 7.30pm tomorrow.
NEXT UP AT KINGSMEADOW
Chelsea’s next home game is on Sunday 8 December against second-place Manchester City. The match has an earlier kick-off of 12 noon and tickets are on sale now.
In between that time, the Blues will travel to Birmingham in the league on Sunday, before headed north to Everton the following weekend (Sunday 1 December).