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Chelsea FCW vs. Brighton & Hove Albion WFC, WSL: Team news, preview, how to watch

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A frigid day in London

Chelsea v Luton Town: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Chelsea FCW look to continue adding to the record-breaking league unbeaten streak with today’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion at Kingsmeadow — though we must first hope that the frigid temperatures and forecasted snow don’t force another postponement.

Assuming the match is played, the Blues will be heavy favorites against a sputtering Brighton side.

Date / Time: Sunday, February 7th, 2020, 14.00 GMT; 9am EST; 7:30pm IST
Venue: Kingsmeadow
Referee: Cristiana Hattersley
Forecast: Cold, Snowy

On TV: None None (UK); None (USA); elsewhere
Streaming: Chelsea’s 5th Stand App; The FA Player

Chelsea FCW team news: The Blues have proven time and time again to keep the relentless engine of winning humming, regardless of rotating pieces in and out of the lineup, and quality (or lack thereof) of the opposition. That said, it is difficult not to have one eye on Wednesday’s match against Arsenal. Will Emma Hayes opt for heavy rotation to keep the big guns fresh and healthy? Or, will she choose to give her most in-form players another chance to stay in rhythm before the derby?

Chelsea’s squad is full of players having an excellent season, but two of the best have been Fran Kirby and Melanie Leupolz. Both players have come into the Chelsea side — the former from injury, the latter form Bayern Munich — and have pushed the team over the top. Kirby’s return to not only playing, but to the very peak of her game, has been nothing short of joyous. Leupolz has become indispensable in the heart of midfield, a difficult task for any new transfer in her first season. Both players were recognized for their influence by being nominated for January’s Player of the Month, while manager Hayes also received a nomination for Manager of the Month.

Brighton & Hove Albion team news: Recent times have been hard on the South Coast, with the Seagulls taking only one point from their last six league matches. The low point was likely last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to cellar-dwellers Bristol City.

Brighton have particularly struggled in the attacking phase of the game, averaging well under one goal per match. Still, Chelsea only won the previous meeting by a single goal just a couple months ago. If Brighton can cool off Chelsea’s red hot attack, we could be in for another close one.

It’s uncertain whether she’ll appear in the match, but Brighton completed the January signing of Finland international Emma Koivisto from Swedish side Göteborg. Her versatility and experience should be great assets to Brighton; her four goals for Göteborg this season are more than any Brighton player. Hope Powell, manager of the Seagulls since 2017, talked about the desire to move on from last week’s disappointing match, as well as the challenge of playing against a side like Chelsea.

Previously: The Blues won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in December. Sam Kerr scored a deft header to take all three points from a match that finished much closer than anticipated.