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Chelsea FC Women vs. West Ham United FC Women, FA WSL: Preview, team news, how to watch

Another London derby . . .

Crystal Palace vs Chelsea Women - FA Women’s Continental League Cup Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Chelsea FC Women head to the opposite side of London for another derby match, this time against West Ham. Chelsea are currently 4-0-0 in London derbies in all competitions this season, including a 2-0 home win versus West Ham in the FA WSL Cup a little more than a month ago. And as much as the Blues overall are relishing laying waste to every other team that dares to call London home, nobody is enjoying it more than Bethany England, who’s scored in all four.

Chelsea team news: All the big guns should be well-rested as the Blues’ last match, a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace in the Continental Tyres Cup a week ago, kicked off with Ji So-Yun and Guro Reiten on the bench, and Fran Kirby not in the eighteen.

West Ham team news: West Ham had a bit tougher time in the Continental Tyres Cup, needing two stoppage time goals versus Spurs to knot the game at 2-2 and send it to penalties, which they then lost 4-2.

In the league, the Hammers have been bang average — 2 wins, 0 draws, 2 losses; 5 goals for, 5 against; and their six league points is exactly six more than the team at the bottom of the table, and six fewer than the team at the top.

Previously: Chelsea last beat this West Ham team last month at Kingsmeadow 2-0, and the last time they played at Rush Green — nearly a year ago — the result was the same, thanks to a brace by Ramona Bachmann.

Date / Time: Sunday, October 25, 2019; 4:00 BST; 11:00am EDT; 8:30pm IST
Venue: Rush Green Stadium
Forecast: Sunny, 10°C/50°F

How to watch: The FA Player is the only thing you need to watch every WSL match for free — yes, FREE — barring any applicable local broadcast rights. Did I mention is free? Sign up on the FA Player website, bookmark the site, save the Blues’ fixture schedule or keep checking here on WAGNH.

BONUS SAUCE: The Blues are apparently raring to go and nutmegging each other in training. Ji provided the nutmeg which Sophie Ingle collected to hit a left-footed curler and ensure the move was finished off properly. Bring on West Ham.

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