League leaders Chelsea travel to Bath to play bottom of the table Bristol City, in a match rescheduled from January due to snow.
The teams first met early in the season when the Blues put in a dominating performance on the way to a 9-0 victory. Bristol City have improved in both form and confidence since then, promising a more difficult test this time around.
With Manchester City just two points behind after their 3-0 win over Manchester United on Friday, Chelsea need to keep piling up the points and the victories to stay on top.
Date / Time: Sunday, February 14th, 2020, 15.00pm GMT; 10:00am EST; 8:30pm IST
Venue: Twerton Park, Bath, England
Referee: Emily Heaslip
Forecast: Chilly, Rain possible
On TV: None None (UK); None (USA)
Streaming: The FA Player
Bristol City WFC team news: Though sitting bottom of the WSL table, Bristol City are on their best run of form this season. After earning their first league win against Brighton & Hove Albion by a whopping 3-0 scoreline, the Robins followed that up with a draw against West Ham last weekend. As it stands, another win would bring them out of the relegation spot for the first time all season. Given Chelsea’s recent defeat against Brighton, Bristol will be hoping for lighting to strike the Blues twice.
In addition to their improving league fortunes, the Robins have also performed well in the Conti Cup, earning their way to the final where they’ll take on Chelsea next month.
Matt Beard has taken over management duties for Tanya Oxtoby while she is on maternity leave. Beard seems to have found a rhythm within the squad, and in particular, has gotten excellent play out of young attacking talent Ebony Salmon. Salmon leads the Robins with five league goals and was deservedly rewarded this week with her first international call-up for England. At the other end of the pitch, keeper Sophie Baggaley is one of the league’s more reliable goalkeepers. She was scheduled to miss the match against Chelsea in January due to COVID quarantine protocol, but she’ll be available for selection today.
Chelsea FCW team news: After an unexpected defeat at home last weekend to Brighton, the Blues returned in typically dominant fashion mid-week by beating rivals Arsenal, 3-0. Though Brighton’s surprise upset shows anything is possible, it’s likely Chelsea are headed for a league- eciding showdown with Manchester City in April. With the need to win every match until then, nothing but three points on Sunday will do.
Since the victory over Arsenal, the Blues picked up another win in the form of a contract extension for Sophie Ingle. Ingle has been a very reliable midfield controller for both Chelsea and the Wales national team. She has the versatility to drop into center back as well, and has also collected quite a highlight reel of stunning goals. She has signed on for two more years, through 2023, as Chelsea continue to lock down key players long-term.
After finishing up the busiest portion of the season with this game, the Blues will have some time off before returning to league play in March. Fran Kirby may be given some additional rest after cramping up on her late goal-scoring run against Arsenal. Her fellow goalscorer that day, Pernille Harder, has been in fantastic form and shown why she is considered by many as the best talent in the game.
Previously: Back in September, Chelsea scored nine goals through nine different players while also keeping a clean sheet. It was a fantastic performance by, and one the Blues will hope to repeat on Sunday.