The big games keep coming thick and fast at this early stage of the season as Liverpool Ladies make the trip to London to take on the unbeaten Chelsea Ladies in the third league game of the season. After two clinical 6-0 league wins and the confidence-building 1-0 victory in the Champion’s League over Bayern Munich, the Chelsea players will be brimming with confidence and must be very optimistic about their chances against the team from Merseyside.
Liverpool Ladies have started their league campaign indifferently and find themselves exactly in the middle of the league table having won one match and lost the other. Liverpool started the season against their fierce rivals Everton and were able to come out of it with the bragging rights after defeating them 2-0 away from home. Their second game was at home against Reading Women who shocked the Reds by beating them comfortably 3-0.
Chelsea have beaten Liverpool on each of the last five occasions, their most recent encounter was in the Spring Series were Chelsea absolutely decimated Liverpool by winning 7-0, registering seven different scorers in the process. The preceding match between the two clubs was in last season’s WSL campaign and it was another goal fest where Chelsea ran out 6-3 winners with Fran Kirby and Drew Spence grabbing two goals each.
A glimmer of hope that Liverpool Ladies can cling to is the fact that this match is the early kick-off on Saturday afternoon. The Chelsea team put in a lot of effort and concentration in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and are bound to come into this game somewhat tired. It may take the Blues a while to get into their stride and it will be vital for Liverpool to exploit that advantage as soon as possible and give Emma Hayes and her team a challenge they have yet to face so far this season. However, Chelsea’s squad depth is the envy of the league and Liverpool will know that a team that could beat one of Europe’s best teams while still having Karen Carney, Erin Cuthbert and Ji So-Yun left in reserve isn’t one to take lightly.