Chelsea are undefeated in the Women’s Super League so far this term and have won both of our group stage fixtures of the Continental League Cup, after defeating Arsenal 4-1 and Tottenham Hotspur 2-0.
The Blues’ most recent match resulted in a 1-1 draw with London rivals Arsenal in the WSL on Sunday. It was a frantic end to this derby with the Gunners’ Beth Mead breaking the deadlock with four minutes left of normal time to play when she poked home a low cross from fellow striker Vivianne Miedema. It was looking to be a first league defeat for the Blues in 26 games until Pernille Harder’s swooping cross bounced off defender Lotte Wubben-Moy and looped into the back of the net in the 90th minute.
We were last in Conti Cup action two weeks ago when we welcomed Tottenham Hotspur to Kingsmeadow. Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring in the 70th minute against a well-drilled Spurs side when she struck from 25 yards out, and German midfielder Melanie Leupolz doubled our advantage when she converted from the spot following a handball in the box.
Our opponents London City Lionesses are currently placed eighth in the Championship having won two, drawn one and lost four. Their league game against Charlton Athletic on Sunday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, which means that they have not been in action for two weeks. The Lionesses’ last game was against Arsenal in the Conti Cup where they were defeated 4-0 with Vivianne Miedema scoring all four goals for the Gunners. Melissa Phillips’ side also lost 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup back in October.