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Preview: Chelsea v Blues

Our full match preview ahead of tonight's Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Chelsea and Blues at Kingsmeadow (7pm kick off). 

Having seen her side's last two fixtures postponed in as many weeks, Blues boss Marta Tejedor is hoping that the hard work put in by her players during an extended training period will bear fruit when they travel to Chelsea this evening.

But it will be no easy task against a Chelsea side that have won four and drawn one of their last five matches and currently sit second in the Barclays FA WSL table just a point behind leaders Manchester City, but with a game in hand on their title rivals.

“I completely understand why the game (against Brighton & Hove Albion) was postponed and it was the right decision for the safety of the players and the crowd," admitted Tejedor.

"Nature has her own rules and it was out of our control.”

“It was disappointing because we put in a good week of work on the training pitch and I was excited to see us play.

“We prepared well, worked hard in training and I felt confident. Coaches have days where they feel more confident than others and I had a strong feeling we would get the result.

“Overall it was disappointing and to have two games postponed in two weeks is not an ideal situation. We have had to really focus in training and be patient.” 

Chelsea meanwhile have also been made to wait with Sunday's match against Manchester United falling foul to the weather. 

But if omens are anything to go by, Blues can take confidence from their last away outing against tonight's opponents in January 2019 where they fought back from an early goal to run out 3-2 winners, inflicting Chelsea’s last league defeat.

Ellen White, now at Manchester City, volleyed home a last-gasp winner to seal victory in thrilling fashion in Marta Tejedor’s first game of her tenure.

“The last time we went there it was an unforgettable match. How could I forget!” said Tejedor.

“I have told the players that the league will become boring if it is a three-horse race.

“We have an opportunity to say, ‘here we are’ and it is our responsibility to take the game to our opponent.

“Historically, Blues have competed with the bigger teams and been difficult to beat. 

“What I always ask is that the team fight. I want them to be competitive for 90 minutes and we’ll see what happens.

You can watch Blues’ game at Kingsmeadow for free live on the FA Player app.

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