Arsenal face Chelsea this weekend with Chelsea Ladies looking to do the quadruple having secured the FA Women’s Cup for the first time.
Here is our opposition preview:
Eniola Aluko recently mentioned that Chelsea wanted to win the Champions League while they also want to win all the remaining domestic trophies available. Chelsea have six World Cup players in Lindhal, Aluko, So-Yun, Rafferty, Kirby and Chapman.
This should be the decisive game in Group 1 between the two FA WSL 1 sides with the winner likely to top the group unless one of the two teams lose to WSL 2 side Reading.
With a potential title decider coming up just a week later at Borehamwood FC, both teams could rotate their squad a bit, although Chelsea have another Conti Cup game away to Watford on Wednesday where they could also play their fringe and youth players.
It will be interesting to see if the managers, Emma Hayes and Pedro Losa, will want to show their real hand or will bluff prior to the big League game on the 23rd August.
Who would you have?
Ji So-Yun to take over from Kelly Smith in the number 10 position. Ji is a genuine and rare playmaker, who won the PFA player of the year award earlier this week.
Gemma Davison as a proper right winger is a must for a team playing in the 4-3-3 formation.
Opposition key players
Fran Kirby, their new signing, is a top centre forward who impressed at the World Cup and is now free from the injuries that prevented her from playing until last week when she came on as a sub and scored straight away.
Ji So-Yun is a fantastic playmaker, the kind of player that the system does not produce in England as they are often labelled lazy or not hard-working enough. PFA player of the year winner.
Hedvig Lindhal is Sweden’s number one goalkeeper. A newcomer to the FA WSL, she’s a strong player,
Chelsea ( 4-5-1) : Lindhal, Blundell, Fahey, Flaherty, Rafferty, Chapman, Bright, Spence, So-Yun, Aluko, Kirby.
Arsenal (4-3-3) : van Veenendal, Scott, Stoney, Rose, Mitchell, Bailey, Janssen, Corredera, Carter Sanchon, Ubogagu
Chelsea should have Davison suspended for her undeserved red card against Birmingham while Arsenal are still short of players due to many injuries.
30/04/15 Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0 FA WSL
12/04/15 Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2 FA Women’s Cup
04/09/14 Arsenal 2 Chelsea 3 FA WSL
16/07/14 Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 FA WSL
06/07/14 Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0 FA WSL Continental Cup
Arsenal have not beaten Chelsea since July 2014.