Arsenal vs Chelsea Women's Super League preview: Kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch, previous meetings, and how to watch
Magdalena Eriksson was on the score-sheet last time the two sides were up against each other in the Continental Cup at Kingsmeadow on October 7th.
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This London derby will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off time 14:30 BST. It will be the last game on Sunday to finish off the Women's Football Weekend.

Arsenal welcome Chelsea to their home ground after have suffered a bitter 1-0 loss in the last round, playing Manchester United away. The Blues, on the other hand, will walk out on the host's grass with an impressive winning streak of 26 games not having lost a WSL game since January 2019. 

  • Team news
     

Arsenal have several players out due to injuries such as Jordan Nobbs, Lisa Evans, Noelle Maritz and Steph Catley. Though they have all returned to training this week, they're still in their rehabilitation processes and not fit enough to play. The Gunners can't rely on Jennifer Beattie from start either since she just returned to training and is not fit enough to compete for a starting position. 

Last weekend both captain Kim Little and Jill Roord returned in to match action in the second half as substitutes and it seems like the duo could be fit enough to play from start against the reigning WSL-champions. 

The guests will be without Fran Kirby, who is still not back in training due to her ankle injury that she picked up during the international break. Although the England international seems ready to start training with the rest of the squad the upcoming week. 

Drew Spence and Hanna Blundell are both out with long term injuries and will not be a part of the Chelsea squad on Sunday.  Norweigan international Guro Reiten, who missed out on the match last weekend, could make her comeback rather quickly at Meadow Park. 

  • Predicted line-ups
     

With a 4-3-3 line-up Arsenal's starting formation is predicted to be:

Zinsberger (GK)
McCabe, Williamson, Schnaderbeck, Wälti, Little, Roord, Foord,  Miedema, Mead

Chelsea if looked at previous line ups and system, could be 4-2-3-1 with:

Berger (GK)
Mjelde, Bright, Eriksson, Andersson, Leupolz, Ingle, Ji, Harder, Cuthbert, England

  • Ones to watch
     

Leah Williamson was doing a tremendous job last weekend vs United when she worked hard to keep World Cup winners Tobin Heath and Christen Press out from getting any chances. She will be crucial for the Gunners, as she will have her hands full if she is gonna keep Pernille Harder and Bethany England out of play. 

The Blues' captain, Sweden international Magdalena Eriksson, has been in the spotlight this week. Chelsea announced her contract extension which will keep the strong centreback at the club until 2023. With the help of her defending partner in crime, Millie Bright, the Swede has to repeat the success from stopping a certain Dutch, Vivanne Miedema to score. 26 out of Arsenal's 29 scored goals this season have been scored inside the box, so the Blues' centrebacks have an important task tomorrow, protecting their penalty area.  

  • Previous meetings
     

During the 2019/20 season, Arsenal lost all three meetings with the Blue London side. At Kingsmeadow the Gunners lost 2-1 while at home they suffered another loss with 4-1. 

In the Continental Cup final back in February it was a hard battle, but yet again London was painted blue when Bethany England made it 2-1 in the final minutes at Nottingham Forest's City Ground. 

Chelsea is the team in the WSL that have the most victories against Arsenal than no other team in the league. 

  • How to watch 
     

For the viewers in the UK, this match will be broadcasted at BT Sport. For the Scandinavian audience, the match is shown at ViaPlay. Other broadcasters are Optus Sport Australia and NBC Sports in the US. 

The rest of the world will be able to watch the match on the FA Player. 

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