It's FA Cup action for Chelsea Women this weekend as the Blues travel to Reading to fight for a place in the semi-finals...
Chelsea are trying to win the competition for the third season in a row and the fifth time in our history.
To do so we must build on our victory against Arsenal in the previous round with another success at Reading in one of the four quarter-finals. In the others, Lewes host Manchester United, Brighton travel to Birmingham and Aston Villa player Manchester City.
Emma Hayes and her side will travel to Berkshire in high spirits after the vital win over Man United in the WSL, and knowing the big games are coming thick and fast with our Champions League quarter-final and a trip to Man City still to take place in March.
You can see the Blues live at the Bridge this month when we take on Lyon Féminin 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 to Reading on Sunday 19 March with this quarter-final tie taking place at the Madejski Stadium.
The match is scheduled to start at 2pm.
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 on the FA Player.
Chelsea reacted perfectly to the disappointment of losing in the final of the other domestic cup competition, Arsenal running out 3-1 winners at Selhurst Park to seal the Conti Cup a fortnight ago.
We first beat Brighton 3-1 and then followed that victory up with another massive one against title rivals Manchester United. Sam Kerr's classy lofted finish from Lauren James's stunning long ball proved the difference during a tightly-contested clash at Kingsmeadow.
Reading come into the tie off the back of a 4-0 WSL loss at Arsenal last weekend. They did however beat West Ham 2-1 in their most recent home game, and reached this stage of the FA Cup with away wins on penalties against first Leicester and then Tottenham.
The Royals are ninth in the WSL table, three points clear of bottom-placed Leicester having played a game more.
Chelsea Women vs Reading Women recent head-to-head record
Chelsea had to work hard for our win against Reading in the WSL earlier this season. Fran Kirby scored against her former club, and then Jelena Cankovic netted a brace to send the Blues in 3-0 up and with a seemingly unassailable advantage.
But two Reading goals in the space of a minute on the hour reeled the visitors back into the contest, but thankfully for us that was the end of the scoring as we finished 2022 top of the WSL table.
Our last visit to the Madejski Stadium did not have a happy ending as we were stunned 1-0 back in December 2021, Deanne Rose scoring the only goal early on. Hayes will be determined to avoid a repeat this time around.
Next up for the Blues
A huge Champions League game against Lyon! The first leg of our quarter-final takes place at the Groupama Stadium on Wednesday 22 March. Kick-off in France is at 5.45pm UK time.