Sunday is here, and the stage is set for a London derby, with Chelsea and Arsenal facing off in the Women’s Super League.
Last season’s Women’s Super League champions, Chelsea, have started the current campaign off slowly by their standards, winning just one of their opening four games and drawing the other three. Arsenal Women, meanwhile, lead the way with a perfect record.
Read on for Chelsea FC Women v Arsenal Women team news, predicted XIs, stats and TV channel info.
When is Chelsea FC Women vs Arsenal Women?
Competition: English Women’s Super League
Venue: Kingsmeadow Stadium
Date: Sunday, 14 October
Kick-off: 2 PM BST
Chelsea enjoyed a second FA Cup win in May against the Gunners as they won at Wembley with a record-breaking crowd of 45, 423 in attendance. Sunday’s match represents another exciting domestic fixture, one which pits the reigning WSL champions up against current table-toppers Arsenal.
Both teams go into Sunday’s match unbeaten, with Arsenal winning their last three WSL games and Chelsea having drawn three and won 2-0 against Brighton. Chelsea have kept one clean sheet in their past seven games across all competitions this season.
Arsenal have only conceded in just one of their three matches this season matches, with three coming against West Ham United Women.
Where can I watch live?
The game can be viewed by UK residents on BT Sport 1, which is channel 413 on Sky and channel 530 for Virgin Media users.
Is Fran Kirby the female Eden Hazard?
Rumours suggesting Eden Hazard is set to leave Stamford Bridge might be rife but even should the Belgium forward leave, Chelsea won’t be out of superstars with Fran Kirby playing for the Blues’ Women’s side.
She joins Hazard in having been nominated for France Football’s Ballon d’Or award; in doing so, Kirby secures her place in the history books as this is the inaugural women’s category for the honour. Kirby is also the only player from the WSL to be nominated and win the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and inaugural Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the year last season.
— Fran Kirby (@frankirby) October 10, 2018
Can Arsenal win the WSL?
With the men’s side also on a winning streak, the Arsenal women’s side currently sit at the top of the table and have no intentions of going anywhere. But that doesn’t mean they are resting on their laurels.
“There’s always room for improvement. I know it’s a cliche but there’s always little things that you want to improve and build upon, and that’s what I like about it,” said Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro (via the club’s official website).
Head to head
The last time these two met was in the 2018 Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley, which saw Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-1 thanks to goals from Fran Kirby and a brace from Ramona Bachmann.
Since 2017, Chelsea are unbeaten against the Gunners, winning two league matches and drawing the other. But Arsenal are the form side going into the match, having scored 16 goals in three Women’s Super League matches so far this season – compared to Chelsea’s two.
Predicted Chelsea XI: Telford, Bright, Mjelde, Eriksson, Carter; Thorisdottir, Ji, Andersson, Cuthbert, Kirby, Bachmann
Predicted Arsenal XI: Peyraud-Magnin; Bloodworth, Williamson, Quinn, Mitchell, Wälti, van de Donk, Little, Nobbs, McCabe, Miedema
With the home advantage and their history against Arsenal, Chelsea are our favourites to win Sunday’s London Derby.