Following defeat to a newly promoted Liverpool last weekend. Chelsea will be looking to get their title defence up and running when they host Manchester City this afternoon.
Like their opponents, the visitors are also searching for their first points of the season after losing 4-3 to Aston Villa on the opening day.
After claiming a third consecutive WSL title last season, the reigning champions would have been hopeful of beginning the new campaign with a victory when they faced newly-promoted Liverpool last weekend.
Chelsea looked well set to clinch all three points when Fran Kirby dispatched her third minute penalty, but Liverpool turned the game on its head in the second half.
Katie Stengal levelled from the spot in the 67th minute and when Liverpool were awarded the third penalty of the game in the closing stages. Stengal assumed responsibility once again to condemn Chelsea to a 2-1 defeat.
Ahead of their first home match, Chelsea can take confidence from the fact that they have won 14 of their 15 home league games.
Unlike the rest of the WSL, Manchester City are already three games into the 2022-23 season after being involved in Champions League qualifying, which began with a 6-1 win over Tomiris Turan.
However, Manchester City’s Champions League journey quickly ended by Real Madrid who claimed a 1-0 victory. Since their eliminatio, Gareth Taylor’s side had nearly month to prepare for their season opener against Aston Villa.
There are too many games to play to definitively state that a loss would end any potential title challenge, but Chelsea needed until the last day of the season to recover the three points lost to Arsenal in last year’s home opener — a six-point gap could be a serious obstacle.
This is, however, the first meeting of the presumed “Big 3”. Taking points off a direct rival is always crucial, a sensation surely heightened by the prospect of also throwing the first mound of dirt on one’s title chances.
So, join us for kick off at 4pm!