Emma Hayes’ Chelsea Women come up against West Ham tomorrow evening with a place in the final of the Continental Tyres League Cup at stake and here we preview you the semi-final…
When and where?
The Blues host our London neighbours at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday and the match kicks off at an early time of 5pm (UK).
How to follow and watch live
Fans can support the Blues by keeping up to date with the game via our social media channels. There will be live commentary on our Twitter page, regular updates on Facebook and Instagram. For the first time ever, we will be giving fans live behind the scenes access of our matchday on our Instagram channel, which includes an exlcusive pre-match chat with Fran Kirby, as well as Chelsea legend Claire Rafferty building up to the match and bringing all the action. Make sure you tune in from 3pm!
All you need to do is search ‘ChelseaFCW' on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The game will also be shown live on The FA Player, a free streaming platform, exclusively dedicated for women’s football in England.
The Blues are full of confidence having been undefeated this term with 10 wins and two draws in the league. We were last in action on Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur and this London derby ended in a 4-0 win as Melanie Leupolz notched a brace, while Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder also got their names on the scoresheet.
Hayes’ side reached the semi-final of the Conti Cup by defeating rivals Manchester City 4-2 in extra-time. Leupolz broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time at the Academy Stadium but City levelled the scoring shortly after the break after a defensive mix-up. City then netted inside the final 10 minutes, however there was a moment of magic as substitute Niamh Charles scored a sublime volley to take us to extra-time.
Guro Reiten put us ahead early into the additional 30, when she slid home a cross at the back post, and just before the interval, Sophie Ingle unleashed an unbelievable long-range left-footed strike to send us through.
Opponents West Ham are sat in 10th place in league standings, with their last game being on Sunday versus Manchester City. The match resulted in a 4-0 loss for the Hammers.
They reached the semi-final of the league cup by beating Championship outfit Durham 3-0 at home which was new manager Oli Harder’s first win since taking over from Matt Beard.
Emily van Egmond and Katerina Svitkova put the Hammers ahead in the first-half before Hawa Cissoko headed home a third late on.
Chelsea v West Ham head-to-head record
The Blues have met the Irons six times, having won five and drawn one, with our last meeting in December 2020.
Chelsea welcomed West Ham to our KT1 home at the beginning of December with Sam Kerr netting her first Blues hat-trick in a 3-2 victory in front of our fans for the first time since February 2020. The Australian forward opened the scoring on 15 minutes before adding two second-half goals.
The time before that, we recorded an emphatic 8-0 triumph in the league which was exactly one year ago today. We were comfortably ahead at the break thanks to an early half-volley from Maren Mjelde, a Bethany England finish and a Sophie Ingle header. The fourth came soon after the interval through Erin Cuthbert and two more goals came in the space of five minutes either side of 60 minutes when England and Mjelde added their second with simple finishes. Late goals from former Blues Ramona Bachmann and Emily Murphy added the finishing touches to a relentless performance.
The away league match that year finished 3-1 thanks to Ingle, Ji and Drew Spence’s second-half goals.
We also faced them in the Conti Cup last season and secured a 2-0 win at home with goals from England and Reiten after the break.
The Blues won our first ever meeting against West Ham at Rush Green when Bachmann notched an outstanding brace and the home fixture ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw. But it was it was a special day as we marked Spence’s 10th year as a Chelsea player.
Next for the Blues
Chelsea’s next game is on Sunday at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. The match kicks off at 2pm and will be available to stream live on The 5th Stand app, the Chelsea website, the Women’s Facebook and our YouTube channel. Please note geographical restrictions may apply.