Chelsea Ladies vs Liverpool Ladies Continental Tyres Cup Preview
After comfortably getting through the group stage of the Continental Tyres Cup with four wins from four, Chelsea Ladies have been paired up with Liverpool Ladies in the Quarter Finals in what should be a very intriguing battle between the two sides.
Chelsea’s passage to this stage of the competition has been very easy with no team really coming close to ever testing them. Their most impressive win being an 8-0 destruction of Yeovil town in their penultimate group game. Chelsea completed the group with the best overall record in the competition so far having scored 17 goals and conceding just 2. Liverpool’s form in the competition would have been perfect had they not lost their final group game against Sunderland Ladies who subsequently pipped them to top spot in the group.
The adverse weather conditions last weekend denied both teams the chance to take on their rivals in the league. Chelsea couldn’t take on Manchester City Women in what would have been a battle for the top spot in WSL1, whereas the jostling for 3rd position behind those two would have taken place between Liverpool and Arsenal.
Liverpool are currently 4th in WSL1, with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses in their 5 games so far, one of those losses came away at Chelsea in Kingsmeadow but it was a tight affair that was settled only by a Maren Mjelde goal in the first half. Liverpool will take confidence from the fact they gave Chelsea a difficult game and avoided being completely blown away, as has been the outcome for so many of Chelsea’s opponents this season. Chelsea will know however, that they have not lost to Liverpool in 6 games in a run that dates back to August 2014.
Fran Kirby is currently joint top scorer in the competition with 4 goals, she has scored 3 goals in the past 2 Continental Cup fixtures and will look to extend her lead over her rivals.
Defending champions Manchester City Women will take on Bristol City Women. Arsenal Ladies, who have won the trophy a record four times, are home to Sunderland Women and completing the quarter-final line-up are Everton Ladies who will play at home versus Reading Women.
Chelsea Player to Watch: Fran Kirby
Liverpool Player to Watch: Caroline Weir