Chelsea FC Women’s defence of the SSE Women’s FA Cup trophy will begin next month with a potentially tricky trip to Merseyside to face FA Women’s Super League rivals Everton.

The Blues won the trophy last season by beating London rivals Arsenal 3-1 at Wembley Stadium in-front of a record crowd for an SSE Women’s FA Cup final.

Emma Hayes’ side enter this season’s competition at the fourth round stage. The draw for the fourth round was made on Monday morning with Chelsea being handed a potentially testing trip to the Merseyrail Community Stadium in Southport to face Everton.

The Blues Girls are currently second-bottom of the FA Women’s Super League table following a truly dismal first half of the season. Long-serving boss Andy Spence recently left the club as a result and former Bristol City boss Willie Kirk has taken over.

Chelsea’s record against Everton in the FA Women’s Super League this season is a decent one. The South West Londoners drew 0-0 with The Blue Girls in Southport earlier this season before easily beating them 3-0 at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.

The tie is scheduled to be played on Sunday 3 February with a final kick-off time and admission details to be confirmed in due course.