Chelsea Women vs Arsenal Women: Monumental Midweek London Derby

The two London giants will go head-to-head in their second meeting of the season at Chelsea’s home ground of Kingsmeadow. It’s Chelsea Women vs Arsenal Women and there is no love lost on either side.

Both Chelsea and Arsenal come into this game having lost their previous matches. The Blues suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat to a defensively-minded Brighton & Hove Albion. Arsenal, a heavy 2-1 loss to a momentum baring Manchester City. Both teams will want to get back on track in Wednesday’s encounter which could have big ramifications on the WSL title race.

Chelsea Women – Recent Form

Chelsea’s 33 league game unbeaten run came to an end after a respectably solid performance from the Seagulls stopped them in their tracks. Chelsea boss Emma Hayes, opted for six changes to the previous line-up against Brighton, which included starts for Carly Telford, Hannah Blundell, Guro Reiten and Jessie Fleming. Despite an early goal from Sam Kerr, the Blues were simply unable to break through Brighton’s wall of defence. They eventually conceded twice to silly sucker-punch set pieces.

However, before that, Chelsea did book their place in the Continental Tyres Cup Final with a different London derby victory as they demolished West Ham United Women with a 6-0 drubbing. The Blues have also won 4-0 against Tottenham Hotspur Women in 2021.

Arsenal Women – Recent Form

Arsenal restarted their campaign after weeks of postponements without the luxury of Kim Little, Jordan Nobbs or Jen Beattie in the squad after the three sustained injuries during training.  Nevertheless, the Gunners put up a resolved front against City as called upon captain, Leah Williamson led her team out for their first match in over three weeks. They held firm with Manuela Zinsberger pulling some nifty saves out of the locker and challenged with Caitlin Foord’s zesty second half equaliser.

The weekend’s results did not fare well for either of the London clubs, yet both retained their places in the table. Chelsea sit at the top with 32 points, a total matched with Manchester United, but with a game in hand. Arsenal are currently in fourth position with 23 points, seven points behind Manchester City, having played twelve games so far.

A game of importance awaits us with potentially title winning points up for grabs. Make no mistake, this is a game of importance in points and in pride and both sides will be hungry for the win.

Chelsea Women vs Arsenal Women: Ones to Watch

Hayes will likely return to a slightly more robust line-up ahead of the clash with the possibility of using the blossoming forward partnership of Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby. The Kerr-Kirby link-up has been an essential element of Chelsea’s winning displays and is one you would expect to be utilised in a game of such standing.   

Will Fran Kirby star again for the Blues?
Fran Kirby has been in sparkling form this season especially during high-profile matches. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Striker Vivianne Miedema continues to be a player to watch for the Gunners. The Dutch forward is renowned for her quality in front of goal and she has already racked up twelve league goals this season.  Midfielder Lia Wälti’s influence on a game should also not be underestimated. Typically sitting deep within the middle third, Wälti is able to spring creativity with astute gameplay through the core of Arsenal’s formation.

Where to watch?

The Kick-off time for Chelsea Women vs Arsenal Women is 7pm (GMT). The match will be streamed live globally on The FA Player, as well as on Viaplay for Scandinavian viewers, on ATA Football for those in the US, Germany and Italy, on Optus Sport in Australia, on Spark NZ Sport in New Zealand and on Sportsnet for viewers in Canada.

Social media updates will also be available via The CFCW Social Twitter page.


Written by Charlotte Stacey (@CharlotteS1206)

Edited by Rob Pratley

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