Chapter four of the battle between the top two teams in English football takes place this Sunday at Kingsmeadow as Chelsea take on Manchester City in the semi-final of the Women’s FA Cup. There has barely been anything between the sides in their three previous encounters this season and whoever comes out as victorious on Sunday knows that as well as getting a place in the cup final, they will also get a big psychological boost in the fight for top spot in the WSL 1 table.
The majority of the players from both squads were on international duty over the past ten days but both will be happy to report that none of their players came back with any serious injuries. Millie Bright and Hannah Blundell both left the England squad early but both will be expected to be fit for this weekend’s fixture.
Chelsea and Manchester City have played each other three times this season with City yet to taste defeat in their meetings. They actually played each other in the other domestic cup at the semi-final stage with City winning 1-0; Nadia Nadim got the winner in the first half in what was a tight game with few chances. City went on to the Continental Cup final to lose 1-0 to Arsenal. They drew their first league game against each other 0-0 before their most recent meeting which was an enthralling 2-2 draw. Chelsea went 2-0 up with goals from Millie Bright and Ji but City produced a stirring second half comeback to salvage the draw.
Chelsea went into the international break on the back of a twelve game unbeaten streak, however they drew their last two league games meaning City were able to cut the gap down to three. The gap could have been even less if it wasn’t for the fact that City have stumbled in recent weeks. After going unbeaten in the league for so long, they have now lost two of the last three league games; losing at home to Reading 2-0 just before the break in the league.
The victor will know that they will meet either Arsenal or Everton Ladies in the final. They play on Saturday afternoon.