The best FA Cup match you've seen all year

The best FA Cup match you've seen all year

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Gaby Kirschner
Gaby Kirschner

This top-of-the-table FA WSL Cup clash between Chelsea Ladies and Manchester City Women is no doubt going to be a spectacular one.

Yeah, we’ve all enjoyed watching Manchester City tear through the Premier League week in and week out this season. But over in the Women’s Super League, two teams are doing so; at least one top flight in England is giving us an interesting title race.
Both teams are unbeaten, with City having just a two-point advantage in first (6 wins and 0 draws to Chelsea’s 5 wins and 1 draw.) The goal differences tell an even more remarkable story: +17 and +20, respectively, City allowing in 7 goals so far this season and Chelsea a mere four.
After some quick maths, that means that both teams have scored 24 goals each. In just six matches. Dominance you would expect from the teams that have been taking turns atop the table for the past two seasons — Chelsea having won the Spring Series and finishing second in 2016, while City finished second in the Spring Series after ending 2016 as champions — but this is even a level beyond that.
Champions League hasn’t been much worse. Although Chelsea did slip up in one leg at Bayern, both teams are on to the quarterfinals; Chelsea will be making their first appearance and City, just their second.
And that brings us to the FA WSL Cup. On Sunday, the teams’ spotless (or near-spotless, in Chelsea’s case) records will be put to the test when Chelsea host Manchester City in the FA WSL Cup semi-final.
Manchester City are the current holders and, given their record, are favorites to come out on top once more. Their already stacked squad was given a boost with the transfer of Nadia Nadim from the Portland Thorns, and she made an instant impact in her first City match this past weekend.


Chelsea have December Player of the Month Fran Kirby leading their line, who’s scored 11 of the team’s 52 goals in all competitions so far this campaign.
And remember: there’s a lot of power going forward and very little allowed through on both sides of the field. Instead of an immovable object versus an unstoppable force, it’s more like an unstoppable-force-up-front-and-immovable-object-in-back versus another unstoppable-force-up-front-and-immovable-object-in-back.

But good news: the two play each other again in the league on February 1st, so if this match is as much of a cracker as it’s set up to be, you’ll be able to watch it again in only a few week’s time.

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