Women's match preview: United v Chelsea
Manchester United Women will compete for a first appearance in the Continental League Cup final, when we host Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
The Reds have reached the last four of the competition for the second consecutive campaign, and will be hoping to go one better this time around, after being knocked out narrowly by Arsenal in last season's semi-finals.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of another exciting night at Leigh Sports Village...
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
Tickets for our upcoming match are still available and can be bought online by clicking here. Admission for adults is £6.50 while over 65s and under 16s can attend for £3.50.
If you can't make it to the game in person, it will be streamed live on the FA Player, with kick-off taking place at 19:30 GMT. As usual, we’ll be providing updates on our official Twitter account @ManUtdWomen and, after the game, a full match report will be published on ManUtd.com and in our Official App. MUTV will also be showing extended highlights at 03:00 GMT on Wednesday, while video highlights will be available on the website.
It was a weekend of contrasting fortunes in the Women's FA Cup. United came up agonisingly short against Manchester City, losing 3-2 in a close contest at Leigh Sports Village, while Chelsea comfortably swept aside fellow London outfit Charlton Athletic 4-0 at The Oakwood.
When it comes to form in the Women's Super League, the Blues are the only side yet to taste defeat this term, winning 10 and drawing two of their first 12 games. They are currently third in the table but have a game in hand on the two teams who are one point ahead of them at the top, Manchester City and Arsenal.
With five defeats in 11 league games, our debut season in the women's top flight has proved difficult at times. However, a victory against Chelsea in the Continental League Cup semi-final would show just how far Casey Stoney's side have come since being formed as a Championship team at the beginning of last season, and would lay down a marker before the teams meet again in the league on 9 February.
OUR RECORD V CHELSEA
We will face the Blues for the second time in all competitions on Wednesday, having only met previously in the WSL earlier in the campaign. It was a game that was certainly full of controversy, as the Blues emerged 1-0 victors at Kingsmeadow following a penalty decision that left Stoney fuming at full-time.
United did have one great chance to draw level in the game, with Ella Toone's driving effort from just inside the box being tipped onto the frame of the goal.
Highlights: Chelsea Women 1 United Women 0Video
With 15 goals to her name, and five in the Continental League Cup, Beth England is Chelsea's player to watch when the two sides meet on Wednesday. The England international's goal tally in the league is bettered only by Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema.
As for United, Lauren James resumed her goal glut for 2019/20 when she struck against City in our Women's FA Cup tie. That goal moved the youngster back to the summit of United's top scorers in all competitions, and it will be interesting to see if she can build on this against Chelsea.
The other semi-final of the Continental League Cup sees the top two in the WSL, Arsenal and Manchester City, meet at Meadow Park. The tie will also take place on Wednesday at 19:30 GMT and will be available to view for free on the FA Player. The winners of our match and theirs will meet in the final at the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest, on Saturday 29 February.
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