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Chelsea v Manchester City: Women’s FA Cup final – live! | Women’s FA Cup

Team news

Two changes for Chelsea from the title-winning victory over Manchester United last Sunday. Aniek Nouwen and Beth England replace Niamh Charles and Jonna Andersson.

One change for City, with Demi Stokes returning at left-back in place of Julie Blakstad.

There are some serious players on both benches, including Fran Kirby, Ji So-yun, Ellen White and Vicky Losada.

🔵 #WomensFACupFinal Team News 🔵

XI | Roebuck, Bronze, Kennedy, Greenwood (C), Stokes, Walsh, Stanway, Weir, Kelly, Hemp, Shaw

SUBS | Keating, Coombs, Angeldahl, Raso, Park, Losada, White, Mace, Blakstad#ManCity | @HaysTechnology pic.twitter.com/aKBToYyuw4

— Man City Women (@ManCityWomen) May 15, 2022

Team news

Two changes for Chelsea from the title-winning victory over Manchester United last Sunday. Aniek Nouwen and Beth England replace Niamh Charles and Jonna Andersson.

One change for City, with Demi Stokes returning at left-back in place of Julie Blakstad.

There are some serious players on both benches, including Fran Kirby, Ji So-yun, Ellen White and Vicky Losada.

🔵 #WomensFACupFinal Team News 🔵

XI | Roebuck, Bronze, Kennedy, Greenwood (C), Stokes, Walsh, Stanway, Weir, Kelly, Hemp, Shaw

SUBS | Keating, Coombs, Angeldahl, Raso, Park, Losada, White, Mace, Blakstad#ManCity | @HaysTechnology pic.twitter.com/aKBToYyuw4

— Man City Women (@ManCityWomen) May 15, 2022

Pre-match entertainment

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Early team news

Chelsea magician Fran Kirby, who has been unavailable since February due to extreme fatigue, is in their squad today. “She looked like she hadn’t even been away, she looked that good in training,” said Emma Hayes. “It was nice to see a smile on her face and she’s participated in everything. She’s been in training all week so I’m over the moon to be honest.”

City are without Karen Bardsley, Steph Houghton and Esme Morgan, though Demi Stokes and Jess Park could be available.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley. It’s a mouthwatering prospect, and long overdue. These two teams have won the competition in each of the last five seasons, yet they’ve never played each other in the final. Not in those five years, not ever.

Both teams have a double in sight. For Chelsea it would the Double, the league and FA Cup, for the third time in five seasons. City want to add the FA Cup to the Continental Cup that they won so impressively last month. They were 1-0 down at half-time before blowing Chelsea away with three goals in 20 minutes.

The teams have already met in the FA Cup this season, sort of. In October, Chelsea hammered City 3-0 in the semi-final of last season’s competition, a game delayed because of Covid. City were at a low ebb then, ravaged by injury and searching desperately for any kind of optimism. They recovered admirably, and in 2022 have won 19 games out of 21 in all competitions.

In fact, both sides have lost only one game since the turn of the year – to each other. Two great teams in great form in front of a record crowd for a women’s FA Cup final; this, surely, can’t fail to be good.

Kick off 2.30pm.



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