Women's match preview: Chelsea v United
Manchester United Women face reigning champions Chelsea in the Women’s Super League on Sunday.
In what is ought to be a competitive top-of-the-table clash, Casey Stoney’s Reds travel south to face the Blues at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
United top the WSL table with 26 points after 10 league matches. Yet Chelsea, in second place, can move level on points with the Reds should they win, with game in hand.
It’s all set up for a crucial encounter in the capital, and we’ve rounded up everything you need to know ahead of the game…
Gearing up for our 2021 kick-off Gallery
The Reds have been working hard in the rain ahead of Sunday's WSL clash against Chelsea.
Yes, the match will be broadcast on BT Sport in the UK, with kick-off on Sunday set for 14:30 GMT. The highlights will be shown on MUTV from 19:00 GMT that evening.FORM GUIDE
Both teams come into this game undefeated in the league. Since the 1-1 season opener between the two sides, United and Chelsea have only drawn once each in the league, winning all the rest of their respective fixtures. Both teams are on a three-match winning streak in the league.United haven’t played in the WSL since before Christmas, when Stoney’s women put Bristol City to the sword in our 6-1 triumph, due to the postponement of our match against Everton.
Chelsea, on the other hand, beat Reading 5-0 away from home last weekend and will go into the meeting with United full of confidence.
United are yet to beat Chelsea in our short history. The sides have met three times so far, with the Blues coming out on top with 1-0 on two occasions.In our last meeting, the reverse fixture at Leigh Sports Village this season, it ended 1-1 thanks to Leah Galton's late strike which cancelled out Sam Kerr’s opener.
TEAM NEWSUnited have been working hard ahead of our return to action this weekend and will field a strong team against last the champions. Lotta Okvist has played her last match for United and will not be involved on Sunday. She has returned to Sweden this week to continue her career at Goteborg.
Alessia Russo will miss the match after suffering a long-term injury earlier in the season. However, our talented attacker is on her way to recovery…
Buzzing to be back with the boots on, small steps 🙌🏼 https://t.co/KOdZdXtZnd— Alessia Russo (@alessiarusso7) January 12, 2021
Women's highlights: United 1 Chelsea 1Video
Elsewhere in the WSL, there is a full compliment of fixtures on Sunday. Here's the full schedule…SUNDAY 17 JANUARY
Manchester City v Aston Villa (12:30 GMT)
Everton v Bristol City (13:00 GMT)
Birmingham City v Brighton & Hove Albion (14:00 GMT)
Reading v Arsenal (14:00 GMT)
Chelsea v UNITED (14:30 GMT)
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur (15:00 GMT)