Women's Football

Man City vs Chelsea: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction - Women's FA Cup

Jamie Spencer
Man City & Chelsea are battling for a place at Wembley this weekend
Man City & Chelsea are battling for a place at Wembley this weekend / Jan Kruger/GettyImages

Manchester City and Chelsea meet on Sunday for a place in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley, which is the penultimate stage of last season's delayed competition.

Chelsea have started the season as you might expected, bouncing back well from a surprise opening day defeat to Arsenal with four WSL wins on the spin.

Manchester City, on the other hand, have been in a bit of tailspin early on. They have been uncharacteristically losing games after being ravaged by injuries to key players.

This is everything you need to know about the game this weekend...

How to watch Man City vs Chelsea on TV/live stream

What time is kick off? Sunday 31 October, 12:45 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Academy Stadium
TV channel? BBC One/BBC iPlayer (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? BBC Sport website (UK)
Referee? Rebecca Welch

Man City team news

Hayley Raso
Hayley Raso could be back for Man City / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Summer signings Vicky Losada and Hayley Raso are both in contention to return, which represents a potentially significant boost for City.

However, Alanna Kennedy and Ruby Mace are both cup-tied, having already played in the earlier rounds of the competition for other clubs. That only adds to severe defensive shortages.

Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Ellie Roebuck and Karen Bardsley remain sidelined.

Chelsea team news

Pernille Harder
Pernille Harder is fit after a muscle complaint on international duty / Marco Luzzani/GettyImages

Pernille Harder has overcome an injury scare ahead of this one after coming away from international duty last week with soreness in a thigh muscle.

Maren Mjelde is back in training but still working her way back to match fitness.

Man City vs Chelsea predicted lineups

Man City: Taieb; Beckie, Scott, Greenwood, Stokes; Angeldal, Walsh, Weir; Raso, White, Hemp

Chelsea: Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson; Cuthbert, Ingle, Ji, Reiten; Kirby, Kerr, Harder

Man City vs Chelsea head to head

Keira Walsh, Ji So-yun
Last season's WSL title decider ended in a 2-2 draw / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Manchester City and Chelsea played out a tense 2-2 draw at the Academy Stadium in the closing stages of last season, effectively serving as a WSL title decider and proving the latter's final test before lifting the trophy.

Chelsea had previously prevailed in extra-time in a Continental Cup knockout in January, having also been victorious against at home in the league earlier in the campaign.

City last won this fixture in April 2019, which also happened to be an FA Cup semi-final.

Man City vs Chelsea score prediction

Manchester City have struggled this season, largely because of injuries. They still have major issues in defence, patching up with square pegs in round holes at the back, and have already been slaughtered by a rampant Arsenal in recent weeks.

It is difficult to imagine Chelsea failing to take advantage of those obvious weaknesses, especially with the world class quality they possess in attack. City won't have a chance to get a foothold.

Prediction: Man City 0-3 Chelsea

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