Chelsea Women have another massive game in the Women's Super League title race this weekend as we travel to fellow challengers Manchester City...
Chelsea took the lead in the Women's Super League table with a victory over Manchester United in our last league fixture, and have received further boosts to our momentum with away wins against Reading in the FA Cup and Lyon in the Champions League since.
Our third away trip in a row sees us attempting to defend that newly acquired lead at Manchester City, who are just two points adrift of us and only behind their neighbours United in second place on goal difference, although the Blues have played a game less than both Manchester sides.
You can see Chelsea Women live at the Bridge when we take on Lyon Feminin in the second leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final. Tickets can be purchased here
When and where?
Chelsea Women are away at Manchester City on Sunday 26 March, with the match to be played at their Academy Stadium.
The game is scheduled to start at 12.40pm.
Where to watch
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 live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer or via the BBC Sport website and app.
Chelsea have bounced back well from our defeat in the Continental League Cup final, with a series of four consecutive wins across three competitions since that loss to Arsenal.
The first two of those were both in the WSL, as we followed up a 3-1 win over Brighton by a much-changed side with a crucial 1-0 victory against previous league leaders Man United, Sam Kerr's goal proving to be the difference between the teams. That saw us leapfrog the Red Devils to take top spot in a tight title race, with just five points separating the top four, including ourselves, both Manchester clubs and Arsenal.
We continued to build on that momentum by securing our place in the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win at Reading, before a hugely significant 1-0 triumph away at holders Lyon in the first leg of our Champions League quarter-final, thanks to Guro Reiten's first-half strike.
Manchester City have been in impressive form in the WSL themselves, though, with the 2-1 win at Brighton in their last league fixture being their fourth in a row in that competition, and they have not lost a WSL game since the last time they faced Chelsea back in September, catching United's points tally in second place.
However, they have been eliminated from both domestic cups during that time, losing narrowly to Arsenal in the Continental League Cup semi-finals before being defeated 2-1 by Aston Villa in the FA Cup quarters last week.
Man City Women vs Chelsea Women recent head-to-head record
Manchester City haven't managed a league win over Chelsea in any of their last 11 attempts, going back to May 2017, and their five wins in 18 WSL matches with the Blues is their worst record against any team.
That continued earlier this season, as their most recent WSL defeat came at Kingsmeadow in September. It was also the Blues' first home game and first league points of the current campaign, as Fran Kirby and Maren Mjelde found the net to give us a 2-0 victory.
City have usually fared better on home soil and there have been some entertaining meetings between the sides in Manchester, with four of the last five WSL games between the two teams there ending in a draw, with a total of 18 goals scored across the quartet of games.
However, the exception was our last visit to the Academy Stadium, in November 2021, when a brilliant performance saw Chelsea triumph 4-0, with Kirby scoring another two goals, being joined on the scoresheet by Jessie Fleming and Magdalena Eriksson on this occasion.
Next up for the Blues
It doesn't get much bigger, as Chelsea Women come to Stamford Bridge looking to defend our 1-0 lead over Lyon in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. Kick-off at the Bridge is at 8pm on Thursday 30 March for this massive game.