One of the big contest in Women’s soccer game set to hold at Wembley Stadium this afternoon, as Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women set to battle for Women’s FA Cup trophy for 2020/21 campaign.
The competitions expected to finalized last season, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was delayed into the new campaign. The second round proper was postponed from January 4 to April 4 2021, with the quarter-finals taking place after the start of the 2021/22 season.
Arsenal, who won the trophies 14th times, entered the competition in the fourth round, and picked up two huge early wins against Gillingham and Crystal Palace, which were played under former manager Joe Montemurro.
New coach Jonas Eidevall oversaw a quarter-final victory in his first North London derby against Tottenham – winning 5-1 – before his side saw off Brighton in the final four to set up a showdown with Chelsea.
Chelsea, on the other hand, beating London City Lionesses and Everton at the end of last season before seeing off Birmingham in the quarter-finals and sweeping past Manchester City in their semi-final.
The Blues are yet to concede a goal in the FA Cup, but losing 3-2 to Arsenal on the opening Women’s Super League, since then Emma Hayes’ side have won their last seven fixtures and are flying high in the Women’s Champions League.
Arsenal on the other hand, head into Sunday’s game top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with just one draw and one defeat in all competitions this season.
The Gunners draw and lose came against Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League.
Arsenal Team News
Arsenal will be without centre-back Leah Williamson after she suffered a serious injury last month which has ruled her out until at least the new year.
McCabe, Miedema and Beth Mead are likely to start as the forward trio for Arsenal, with 14 WSL goals between them this season they pose a big threat to the Chelsea defence.
Kim Little has won three FA Cup titles while Jordan Nobbs has four FA Cup medals to her name with Arsenal, and their experience of this event on Sunday could be invaluable to the Gunners.
Arsenal Women possible starting lineup:
Zinsberger; Catley, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Maritz; Little, Walti, Nobbs; McCabe, Miedema, Mead
Chelsea Team News
Chelsea’s disappointment in the Champions League final in May could well help Hayes’s side this weekend as it is the first opportunity to redeem themselves with a trophy since that date, and all 11 starters are still with the club so they can use that experience.
The Blues will play in their favoured 3-4-3 formation, starting with Kerr, Kirby and Jessie Fleming as their attacking trio, who have 18 WSL goals between them so far this campaign.
Pernille Harder has not featured for the Blues since the middle of October, so she may only be fit enough for a place on the bench this weekend but could certainly make an impact off the bench.
Chelsea Women possible starting lineup:
Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson; Reiten, Leupolz, Ingle, Cuthbert; Kirby, Kerr, Fleming
When and where is the Women’s FA Cup final?
The Blues face Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday afternoon and the match kicks off at 2pm.
How to follow and watch live
The game is live on BT Sport, BBC1, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website. Coverage starts at 1:30pm.