The women’s team will travel to Everton, to face the Toffees in the quarter-final for the FA Cup 2019/20. This match will be the first time these two blue sides play each other since February 2019. That meeting was the fourth round of the FA Cup that season, and it ended with a 2-0 win for the Blues from London after goals scored in the second half from Drew Spence and Hannah Blundell.
How to watch
After a seven months long absence the 2019/20 Women’s FA Cup resumed this weekend, and that means Chelsea will finally get the chance to go up against Everton. The match will take place at Goodison Park, and it kicks off 13:00. Luckily Chelsea fans will be able to watch the clash at the 5th Stand app or the FA Player.
Coming from a one and a half week international break Chelsea players will face a strengthened Everton team with several newly added and signed players ahead of this new season. Several players in Chelsea have been on international duties with qualifier matches for the Women’s’ EURO 2022.
Magdalena Eriksson and Jonna Andersson have played both Sweden matches vs Hungary and Iceland. Pernille Harder played both Denmark matches vs Bosnia and Malta. Guro Reiten, Maria Thorisdottir and Maren Mjelde played Norway’s game vs Wales where their Chelsea teammate Sophie Ingle appeared in her 100th cap for her country. Melanie Leupolz appeared in Germany’s two games vs Northern Ireland and Montenegro where Ann-Katrin Berger was a part of the squad but never played.
To that, we should add the English national team players; Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Niamh Charles, Bethany England and Fran Kirby, that have been at international camp, playing to 11 vs 11 friendlies internally.
Like before every game, it is hard to predict the line-up. The squad’s versatility, along with the fact that a lot of the players having played tough games these recent weeks, makes it even harder.
Nine different goalscorers
When the Blues thrashed Bristol City at home at Kingsmeadow with 9-0 before the break, we were fortunate enough to have glimpses of what could be. We got to witness a delicate link-up between Pernille Harder and Samantha Kerr when the latter scored the ninth and the last goal of the game after being nicely assisted by the Danish superstar. It might be just so, that the answer to get the Australian striker going, spells Pernille Harder.
Although all nine goals came from different goalscorers, Pernille Harder was involved within three of them, even if the Dane started on the bench, coming in with about twenty minutes left to spare. Will the game vs Everton, where we also find two of her Denmark international teammates, be the first one we will see Pernille Harder in the starting formation?
Telford, Blundell, Bright, Eriksson, Andersson, Reiten, Ji, Harder, Kirby, Kerr and England.
It’s a tough one to predict a line-up, but it might be so that Ingle and Leupolz can be rested this game after the international break. Cuthbert, Thorisdottir, Fleming, Charles and Spence will be the tip regarding players coming on from the bench to provide to, what we hope will be a great win that will take us through to the semifinal that will be played on Wednesday vs either Brighton or Birmingham.
If it ends up with being Birmingham, Chelsea will play against them twice this upcoming week since the Blues are set to travel there next weekend as well for the third round in the Women’s Super League.
The third kit
Like the men, the women will wear the third kit when the match vs Everton at Goodison kicks off tomorrow.