Chelsea Women return to domestic duties when Liverpool are the visitors to Kingsmeadow in the Women’s Super League on Wednesday evening.
The Blues come into the match off the back of a valiant performance across two legs against Barcelona in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals, where we were narrowly beaten 2-1 on aggregate at the Camp Nou last week.
Emma Hayes’ side have six league matches to navigate plus an FA Cup final date with Manchester United at Wembley during the month of May, and our attention turns swiftly to this busy run-in towards the end of the season.
We return to Kingsmeadow for the first time since 12 March and are back in league action having not played a WSL fixture since 2 April. Liverpool are the visitors on this occasion and have proven tough opposition in our two previous encounters this season.
When and where?
We welcome Liverpool to Kingsmeadow in the Women’s Super League this Wednesday 3 May, with kick-off scheduled for 7.15pm (UK time)
How to follow
As always, you can follow the game via Chelsea Women’s 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. Supporters who cannot attend will be able to watch the match which has been selected for live broadcast on BBC Three and the iPlayer.
Emma Hayes' pre-match press conference will be streamed live on Tuesday at 3pm.
We come into this match occupying third place in the WSL table with 40 points having won 13, drawn one and lost two of our 16 matches to date. We have scored 42 goals and conceded 14 leaving us with a goal difference of +28, while having three games in hand on the top two.
Four victories from our last five league matches, progression to the FA Cup final and going toe-to-toe with Barcelona across 180 minutes of football will give the squad confidence ahead of an important run of fixtures before the season concludes.
Liverpool arrive in the capital sitting seventh in the WSL table after five wins, four draws and ninedefeats from 18 matches. They have scored 18 goals and conceded 32 leaving them with a goal difference of -14.
In their most recent outing, Matt Beard’s side travelled to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon. The Reds were defeated there by four goals to nil, allowing Leicester to rise off the bottom of the table.
Chelsea Women vs Liverpool Women recent head-to-head record
Our most recent meeting with Liverpool came in the fourth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup in January, where the Reds pushed us all the way as we edged an entertaining encounter 3-2 at Kingsmeadow.
Sam Kerr scored twice to put us in control, before Ceri Holland pulled a goal back for Liverpool with half an hour to play. Kerr netted her hat-trick 10 minutes from time before Gemma Bonner reduced the deficit once more with five minutes remaining, but we stood firm to progress to the fifth round.
Our previous league meeting with Liverpool came on the first day of the season when we were beaten 2-1 at Prenton Park. Fran Kirby opened the scoring from the spot inside five minutes, before two penalties from Katie Stengel turned the game on its head and gave the hosts three points.
Notice for supporters attending Liverpool
We can confirm manager Emma Hayes’ offer, after the abandonment of our WSL fixture against Liverpool in January, to buy free hot dogs for supporters at the rearranged fixture will be fulfilled at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday.
There will be one hot dog per ticket holder* up until kick-off, with vegan options available. Ticket holders will need to collect their hot dogs before entering the stadium. The trading units will be positioned in the stadium car park and staff will be on hand to advise supporters on the day.
*while stocks last
Next up for the Blues
Games are coming thick and fast this month and the Blues are back in WSL action when Everton are the visitors to Kingsmeadow on Sunday 7 May.
Kick-off is scheduled for 6.45pm (UK time) and for supporters who cannot attend the match, this fixture has been selected for live broadcast on Sky Sports.