Chelsea’s 6th game and 4th league game of the season will see them host Manchester City on Sunday, the 11th of October, at Kingsmeadow. Both teams have similar league stats with 7 points from 3 games, 2 wins and a draw. The two things that separate them are league standing and goal difference. Chelsea are in 3rd place with a GD of 9 while City are in 5th with a GD of 6.
This league meeting is an opportunity for one team to maintain their position further up the league table and so both teams will be looking to run away with maximum points.
The Blues have had a fair start to the season with 4 wins out of 6, 1 loss and 1 draw.
Their wins have come against teams of different calibres. The first win came against City in the return of the Community Shield. Both teams looked rusty unsurprisingly but Chelsea were able to convert 2 of their many chances to seal the win. Their next game, league opener away to Manchester United, ended in a 1-1 draw. The performance showed the team was still settling into the new season with decent chances created but not enough converted.
Their next opponents, Bristol City, gifted them an opportunity to regroup and find their feet and they did so winning comfortably. They were unable to build up on that win and a poor performance versus Everton led to their exit from the FA Cup. An early Fran Kirby goal against Birmingham earned them a win after an unconvincing performance. The Blues were much better in their Conti Cup win against Arsenal. The highlights show a more composed team being more clinical with their chances.
Manchester City’s Form
City have played 7 games so far this season, thanks to their successes in the FA Cup. Their sole loss came against Chelsea in the community shield but they’ve gone on to win 5 of their matches and have drawn just 1. Like Chelsea, they too have played teams of different calibres. They had a shaky start to the season but capitalised on Aston Villa’s errors to win their league opener. They couldn’t get past Brighton and settled for a goalless draw but have gone on to get the wins against Tottenham in the league and Everton in the Conti Cup. Comfortable wins against Leicester City and Arsenal meant another FA Cup final for the Cityzens.
Going by previous results, Chelsea look better placed to come out on top. City are usually tough opponents but Emma Hayes and her team know how to get the win over them. They have a strong defence, midfield and attack so Hayes will look to field a team and play a style that will dominate in midfield to help control the game. The City defence will not be slacking, Chelsea will not only have to create chances but also convert them. The Blues’ defence will have to be wary of the City attack and try to cut out any chances they might look to create.
A 4-2-3-1 might do the trick against City. Hayes will look to keep most of the players from the Arsenal win. Telford and the back four of Andersson, Bright, Eriksson and Thorisdottir to keep their spots. The midfield will change slightly with Leupolz coming on for Charles to play alongside Ingle in a midfield 2. England will lead the attack this time with Harder just behind her in the number 10 position, Kirby on the right and Reiten on the left.