And we have already secured the first-place finish as well, thanks to our head-to-head record against BK Häcken, so the only thing on the line in this one is pride, and the winning habit.
Date / Time: Tuesday, January 30, 2023, 17.45 GMT; 12:45pm EST; 11:15pm IST
Venue: Stade Robert Bobin, Bondoufle, France
Referee: Ivana Projkovska
Forecast: Mostly cloudy and a gentle breeze
On TV: none (US); TNT Sports 3 (UK); elsewhere
Streaming: DAZN (US); DAZN, discovery+ (UK)
Paris FC team news: Paris FC have exceeded all expectations already in this year’s Champions League just by qualifying for the group stages, and now they have a chance to advance to the knockout stages as well.
They do not fully control their own destiny however. Paris must win and then hope that BK Häcken drop points against Real Madrid, who are already confirmed as finishing bottom of the group. (Häcken have the head-to-head tiebreaker against Paris, so a draw against Chelsea won’t do.)
Chelsea team news: Lauren James has picked up the goalscoring slack in Sam Kerr’s absence, and now has five goals in four January matches in all competitions. And she might have to do it again, with new signing Mayra Ramírez ineligible for this match. Youngster Aggie Beever-Jones, armed with her fresh contract, might get the start instead however.
Since our 3-0 win against Brighton over the weekend, the team’s injury outlook has not improved. Captain Millie Bright remains out of contention, alongside long-term absentees Kateřina Svitková, Aniek Nouwen, and Sam Kerr. And Catarina Macario is still working her way back to full fitness.
Previously: Chelsea produced a commanding 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture earlier this season, thanks to Sam Kerr’s amazing hat-trick.