It may be early in the season but this match against Everton could be crucial to the defence of the title.
Everton have made a strong start to the season after struggling in recent years. They look to be true title contenders this year and have made an unbeaten start to their season. They currently sit second but a win for the Blues over the Toffees could see them take that place.
Everton have some notable absences in their squad which could work in Chelsea’s favour. Valerie Gauvin, who has been a huge asset to the Toffees’ success, has been ruled out of the match due to a knee injury. She looked to have hyperextended her knee during the first half of their loss in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City but managed to carry on for quite a while. The full extent of her injury isn’t known yet. Lucy Graham is another miss with an ankle injury and again, its not known how bad this is.
Talking of ankles, Chelsea’s big miss is Fran Kirby who is still out with her own ankle injury. After a great start to the season, this is a setback but it looks to be only a few weeks out for her. With the depth in the squad, her absence shouldn’t be too heavily felt but obviously it is quite a miss still.
Going into this match, Chelsea have the better record against the Toffees having won five of the last six WSL meetings between the two with clean sheets being quite common in those results. Also, Kingsmeadow is quite a fortress right now with ten WSL wins at home in a row.
With all that in mind, I can see this being an win for the Blues but Everton won’t make it too easy for them. Underestimate them at your own will. I predict a 2-0 win for us to continue to put pressure on the leaders at the top of the table.