Chelsea Women vs Manchester United Women: League Cup semi-final preview
LEIGH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Jessie Fleming of Chelsea scores her team's sixth goal during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester United Women and Chelsea FC Women at Leigh Sports Village on September 26, 2021 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The game kicks off at 7pm and promises to be a cracker between the teams who sit 2nd and 3rd in the Barclays Women’s Super League table.

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Chelsea

The Blues are unbeaten in their last four matches, after two wins against West Ham United, a 0-0 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion, and the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in the Women’s FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The upturn in form was much needed after 4-0 and 1-0 defeats to Wolfsburg and Reading threatened to derail Emma Hayes’ side, but they have come fighting back.

 

Manchester United

A tremendous 1-0 triumph over WSL leaders Arsenal two weeks ago is arguably the result of the season so far, and set up Wednesday night’s semi-final with Chelsea as Alessio Russo’s 85th minute winner dumped the Gunners out of the League Cup.

Last weekend, the Red Devils overcame a stubborn Bridgewater United Women team with a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, courtesy of Ella Toone’s match-sealing finish after a home defender put the ball into her own net early on.

Before that, United strolled past Tottenham Hotspur with a 3-0 home win thanks to goals from Vilde Bøe Risa, Hayley Ladd and Leah Galton. Back-to-back 5-0 victories against Birmingham City and Aston Villa came after 2-0 wins over Everton and Brighton, meaning that the Devils are the most in-form team in the land – having not conceded a single goal in their last seven matches.

  

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Neither side have any fresh injuries ahead one of the biggest games of the season so far, so we can expect a lot of high-intensity battles.


  • Recent Meetings

 This will be the second meeting between the two sides this season, with Chelsea having beaten Marc Skinner’s side 6-1 at Leigh Sports Village in the Super League, with five different goal scorers. 

A brace from Sam Kerr, and goals from Fran Kirby, Pernille Harder, Drew Spence and Jessie Fleming saw Hayes’ beat United, but Skinner’s team are much improves since then.

The last time the clubs met at Kingsmeadow, Lauren James – now of Chelsea – scored for United, but Harder and Kirby netted for Chelsea, who won 2-1.

 

 The game will be broadcast live on the BBC Red Button and the FA Player.

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