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WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION V CHELSEA

9 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Sophie Perry celebrates her goal against Crystal Palace.

Brighton & Hove Albion take on current FA Women’s Super League and SSE Women’s FA Cup Holders Chelsea this afternoon, kick off 2.30pm.

The London side are familiar foes for the Seagulls this season, having already played each other twice – once in the season opening FA Continental Tyres League Cup fixture and once in the FA Women’s Super League.

On each occasion Chelsea have overcome Albion, firstly claiming a 3-1 victory in the Continental Tyres Cup, with Aileen Whelan getting on the scoresheet for the Seagulls. The Blues then ran out 2-0 winners in the league encounter in September.

Each side head into the match on the back of big Continental Tyres Cup wins in midweek. Chelsea dispatched Yeovil 7-0, with Albion overcoming rivals Crystal Palace 5-1 at the Broadfield Stadium.

Goals from Sophie Perry, Kate Natkiel (2), Jodie Brett and Fliss Gibbons secured the three points and moved the Seagulls up to second place in the group, with today’s opponents Chelsea the only team above them in Group One South. The top teams will  qualify for the knockout stages.

 

Most recently in the FA WSL, Albion suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against fellow league newcomers West Ham United, with Jane Ross’s glancing header proving to be the difference between the two sides.

There was also just the one goal in Chelsea’s last league match when they faced Reading at Kingsmeadow. Emma Hayes’s side were the winning side, thanks to Ji So-Yun's second-half strike.

After the most recent round of league matches, Albion find themselves in tenth place on four points, whilst today’s visitors sit fourth on 19 points.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report to go online shortly after the full-time whistle.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles at a price of £10 for adults and £4 for under-10s.


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