WSL league leaders Chelsea will take on West Ham in the second semi final of the 2022/23 FA Women’s League Cup on January 9.
The winners of the semi-final will get to play Arsenal who overcame Manchester City in the 1st semi-final by a tight 1-0 scoreline as the game was only decided in the 93rd minute.
Chelsea will enter as the favourites, being the top team in the WSL at this moment in time. West Ham, meanwhile, haven’t scored in their last three league games.
The two teams played each other back in September. In that game, Chelsea emerged as 3-1 victors, despite trailing early on thanks to a goal from Dagný Brynjarsdóttir. Chelsea battled back to win, with Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr and Millie Bright all getting in on the act.
As such, West Ham will be out for revenge – Chelsea have only lost once in the WSL this season, though. The Blues are clearly no pushovers, but they aren’t unbeatable.
In the quarter finals, Chelsea defeated Tottenham 3-1 away from home in a dominant display. A brace from Sam Kerr and a third goal from Fran Kirby sealed the deal – a late goal from Spurs’ Drew Spence proved to be nothing more than a consolation.
West Ham, meanwhile, beat Liverpool in the quarter finals to get this far. In a tight game with few chances at either end, the match looked to petering out to a draw – then, in the 87th minute, Dagný Brynjarsdóttir popped up to score the winning goal – Liverpool failed to respond, meaning the Hammers would move on to the semis.
West Ham are currently seventh in the WSL – Chelsea, as mentioned previously, are top of the league. Can the Irons spring a surprise on the Blues?