Chelsea Women are aiming to secure a fourth consecutive Women’s Super League title when we travel to Reading on the closing day of the season this Saturday.
We have put together a run of five consecutive league victories this month which has propelled us to the top of the league table, where we hold a two-point lead over second-placed Manchester United going into the last weekend.
In our final home game of the season at Kingsmeadow on Sunday we overcame Arsenal 2-0 thanks to goals from Guro Reiten and departing skipper Magdalena Eriksson, who was given an emotional send off alongside Pernille Harder with the pair departing the club at the end of the season.
Three points against Reading on Saturday will see us crowned league champions as we look to record a league and FA Cup double, before the curtain falls on another whirlwind season on both the domestic and European stage.
When and where?
We travel to Reading in the Women’s Super League on Saturday 27 May at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, our final fixture of the campaign, with kick-off scheduled for 2.30pm (UK time)
Tickets for the match are available to purchase online from Reading, with Chelsea supporters advised to purchase in blocks Y23 to Y26 and R27 to R28.
Reading are reminding people that after the full-time whistle, fans must stay in their seats and not attempt to get onto the pitch. Pitch incursions are dangerous and anyone who does encroach onto the playing surface will face strong sanctions that could include a ban from attending matches.
How to follow
Supporters who cannot attend will be able to watch the match which has been selected for live broadcast on Sky Sports.
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.
Emma Hayes's pre-match media conference looking ahead to the game will be streamed live on our platforms at 1.30pm on Friday.
After the victory over Arsenal, we occupy top spot in the league table with 55 points having won 18, drawn one and lost two of our 21 matches to date. We have scored 63 goals and conceded 15 leaving us with a goal difference of +48 ahead of the final round of fixtures.
All WSL matches will kick off simultaneously on Saturday and the Blues know that victory against Reading would guarantee us the title. Challengers Manchester United will travel to Liverpool for their final outing of the campaign.
As for our opposition, Reading are bottom of the WSL table after three wins, two draws and 16 defeats from 21 matches, leaving them on 11 points. They have scored 23 goals and conceded 54 leaving them with a goal difference of -31.
A 4-1 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur last time out means Reading will be battling to avoid relegation on the final day of the season with Leicester City, who sit two points above them, travelling to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Reading Women vs Chelsea Women recent head-to-head record
We have faced Reading on two previous occasions this season, once at home and once away across both league and FA Cup competition, and they have proven stern opposition by pushing us all the way in both fixtures.
A brace from Jelena Cankovic and one from Fran Kirby gave the Blues a three-goal lead at half-time when the teams met in the WSL at Kingsmeadow in December. A quick-fire double from Sanne Troelsgaard and Amalie Eikeland made for a nervous finale but we emerged 3-2 winners on the night.
In March, the FA Cup quarter-final draw pitted us against Reading away from home where we recorded a 3-1 victory. Jess Carter and Reiten added to Maren Mjelde’s penalty, Troelsgaard netted a consolation 20 minutes from time but this was not enough to prevent our passage to the semis.
Notice for supporters travelling to Reading
If you are planning on travelling by train to the game on Saturday, there will be an F1 shuttle service between Reading Station and the stadium to help you get there, with single fares priced at £2.50 and return fares for £3.00.
Buses will run frequently between 12.30pm and 2.10pm from Reading Station stop WS (southwest interchange)
Next up for the Blues
Our meeting with Reading is the last fixture of the 2022/23 WSL campaign, after which the players will take their respective breaks after another demanding season across four competitions.
For our Blues who are competing in the World Cup this summer, a break will precede them joining up with their respective nations to prepare for the showpiece event in Australia and New Zealand, which gets underway on July 20.