In terms of team news, you have got to admit that the Arsenal bench looks very weak. Due to injuries they are unable to fill it and have been forced to call upon three teenagers to fill up some of the space.
Brian Clough continues to inspire …
Teams: Arsenal v Chelsea
Arsenal: Zinsberger, Evans, Quinn, Schnaderbeck, McCabe, Williams, Roord, Van de Donk, Nobbs, Miedema, Foord
Subs: Peyraud-Magnin, Maier, Filis, Grant, Mace
Chelsea: Berger, Bright, Ingle, England, Ji, Reiten, Eriksson, Mjedle, Kerr, Cuthbert, Andersson
Subs: Telford, Thorisdottir, Blundell, Carter, Cooper, Spence, Bachmann
The first piece of silverware of the season is up for grabs at the City Ground. Arsenal and Chelsea are in the mix for the WSL title, so will be hoping to earn a psychological edge for the run-in by lifting the trophy today.
Arsenal are without Kim Little, Beth Mead and Lia Wälti, which is a a blow, especially considering the last time the two sides met, Chelsea ran out 4-1 winners. Jordan Nobbs will lead out Arsenal in Little’s absence and will be aiming for glory to make up for a prolonged period out of the side last season due to a serious knee injury. Few would back against another Arsenal triumph, seeing as they have won the competition on five previous occasions.
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes has previously said “get rid of the Continental Cup”, so she must really be looking to this showpiece event. One suspects Hayes might be slightly giddier if her team are victorious. Although she seems intent on downplaying her side’s chances. “This is Arsenal’s trophy,” she said in the buildup to the match.
Anyway … should be a cracker!