Defending Conti Cup (i.e. League Cup) champions Chelsea, begin the revamped FA Women’s League Cup competition against familiar foes Arsenal, whom we beat in last season’s final.
Sadly, the match will not be broadcast in any form. This is particularly unfortunate, given the rivalry and likelihood of a cracking game of football. For those looking to follow the match action, the Chelsea FC Women Twitter account is probably the best bet for information and highlights.
Date / Time: Wednesday , October 7, 2020, 7:00pm BST; 12:00pm EDT; 11:30pm IST
Referee: Scott Jackson
Forecast: Cool, Cloudy, Rain Likely
On TV: None
If a match is played, and no one is around to see it, did it really even happen?
Chelsea FCW team news: The Blues have yet to find consistent form this early season, but some of our best performances historically have come against Arsenal. And we’ll certainly need a strong outing in this one, if we are to have any hope of sixth (6th!) consecutive victory against the Gunners.
(Ed.note: no, that’s not a typo. Chelsea have beaten one of the other very best teams in England five times in a row, three times in the league (2-1, 2-1, 4-1), once in the 2018-19 FA Women’s Cup, 3-0, and once in last year’s League Cup final, 2-1.)
That said, Emma Hayes may use a League Cup match to rotate this deeply talented squad. Sam Kerr, Ji So-yun, and Pernille Harder were all substitutes on the weekend and are likely to feature from the start. Maria Thorisdottir, scorer of a smashing goal against Arsenal last season, may be part of any defensive rotation. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Carly Telford get her second start of the season between the posts.
Arsenal WFC team news: While always a force, The Gunners have looked particularly explosive to start the season, though their most recent victory of “only” 3-1 over Bristol City perhaps showed the first cracks in the armor.
It appears Arsenal will be without Jill Roord, who is carrying a knee injury after scoring six (6!) goals already this season. Others expected to miss out include Lisa Evans, Kim Little, Lydia Williams, and possibly even Jordan Nobbs.
Even with those players out of action, manager Joe Montemurro has weapons like Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead, and Caitlin Foord to turn to.
Previously: When last these rivals squared off in February, the Blues won the Conti Cup final, 2-1, with Bethany England scoring both goals.