Chelsea Ladies will be bidding to lift the SSE Women’s FA Cup for this first time in three seasons when they take on London rivals Arsenal Women in the final at Wembley this evening.
The Blues have netted a whopping 21 goals in their four ties in this season’s competition so far while they boast the proud record of having not conceded a goal against any of their opponents.
Arsenal go into the match on the back of two hugely disappointing results away from home in FA Women’s Super League 1. The Gunners recently drew 0-0 at bottom club Yeovil Town Ladies while a 3-0 thumping at Birmingham City Ladies followed last weekend. Arsenal’s last home fixture did see them produce a 3-0 win over Liverpool Ladies
The Gunners’ record against Chelsea in the league this season is not great with the North Londoners having picked up just one point from the two meetings. It should be noted that Arsenal scored in both of those matches.
Chelsea make the short trip to the national stadium on the back of a hectic fixture schedule which saw them play five fixtures in April in three different competitions. Their last outing came on Sunday when they faced VfL Wolfsburg Women in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in Germany. Emma Hayes’ side lost that fixture 2-0 and there are question marks over just how much more football they can play before suffering burn out.
Arsenal and Chelsea last met at this stage of the competition two years ago when Gunners forward Danielle Carter netted the game’s only goal to win the trophy for her side.
This evening’s fixture is scheduled to kick-off at 5.30pm and will be screened live on BBC One.