Chelsea Women kick off our Barclays FA Women’s Super League campaign at Stamford Bridge against newly-promoted Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues welcome Tottenham Spurs to Stamford Bridge on Sunday 8 September with a 2.30pm kick-off. Emma Hayes’ side begin the quest to regain the title they won as recently as 2018.
Chelsea Women finished third last season in the league behind winners Arsenal and Manchester City. The Blues came close to reaching the Women’s Champions League, the FA Cup and Continental Tyres League Cup final but fell short at the semi-final stages. 10 Chelsea representatives spent the summer competing with their countries at the World Cup in France. Eriksson and Jonna Andersson of Sweden returned to Chelsea as bronze medallists, while Fran Kirby, Millie Bright and Carly Telford finished in fourth place with England.
After the World Cup, the above players joined back up with the rest of the team to begin pre-season. They made a trip to the south of France to play in the French Cup against Montpellier and Bayern Munich ended in two heavy defeats. Hayes insists her team will be prepared for Sunday.
Next up was the journey to Tel-Aviv to face the Israeli national team, which was sponsored by Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich and the Israeli FA. The friendly finished 3-1 to the Blues with Bethany England, Sophie Ingle and Eriksson scoring the goals.
Tottenham were promoted to the WSL from the Championship after finishing runners-up behind Manchester United. Spurs left it until the last day of the 2018/19 season to secure promotion to the top flight by a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa. Their pre-season has consisted of playing six friendlies, with four of them being victories.
There are three former Chelsea players in the Spurs squad – winger Gemma Davison, goalkeeper Becky Spencer and forward Rosella Ayane.
The other 10 teams of the WSL will be in action over the course of the weekend. Two matches take place on Saturday, both with a 5pm kick-off. Manchester City host league debutants Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium while Bristol City welcome Brighton and Hove Albion to Ashton Gate. On Sunday Liverpool take on Reading and Birmingham City face Everton at 4pm. The final kick-off of the day is between league winners Arsenal and fellow London club West Ham United, which kicks off at 4.30pm.