Reigning champions Chelsea are gearing up to take on Arsenal in a highly anticipated Women’s FA Cup clash on Sunday, February 26 at Kingsmeadow.
Both teams have looked strong in the WSL this season – Arsenal are fourth in the table, while Chelsea are second. The Blues won the Women’s FA Cup last year, beating Manchester City in a thrilling final.
This year, if they want to reach that stage again, they’ll need to get past the Gunners first. The game between Chelsea and Arsenal will be broadcasted live on BBC Two at 2pm.
Manchester United will also be in action, as they take on Championship outfit Durham. United will be expected to win, but Durham are no pushovers – they beat Peterborough and Crystal Palace to get this far. The Red Devils may be top of the WSL, but they will need to be on top of their game to avoid a potential banana skin.
Tottenham are also involved in this round of fixtures, as they take on Reading. The Royals have struggled in the WSL this season, having only won two games all season. This aside, Spurs are also stuck in a rut – they’ve lost their last seven league games. As such, this cup tie presents an excellent opportunity for one of these two teams to get back to winning ways.
Additionally, West Ham will take on Aston Villa in another all-WSL encounter. Neither team looks like mounting a serious challenge for the title this year – therefore, they’re both likely to give the FA Cup everything they have.
The other Women’s FA Cup games this weekend are as follows: Bristol City vs Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion vs Coventry United, Lewes vs Cardiff City Ladies and Charlton Athletic vs Birmingham City.