Chelsea set the tone for Conti Cup action

Chelsea have won in the first game of a packed weekend of Continental Cup football.

Chelsea are now top of Group D, but what can you expect from all of the other games this weekend?*

*all games are on Sunday (unless stated.)

Group A

Aston Villa vs Liverpool – 19:30 (Saturday)

Aston Villa currently sit top of the Championship. Liverpool are bottom of the Women’s Super League.

This game is set up to be a very intriguing one, with Liverpool desperate to gain some confidence following their torrid start to the season.

Their only win this season came in the Conti Cup, beating Coventry 5-1.

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Villa also sit on three points after the first two games. They’ll be looking to catch their league rivals Durham in the hunt for top spot.

Durham vs Coventry United – 12:00

Durham currently top the group and should see themselves comfortably past Coventry United at home.

United are only above Blackburn through virtue of the penalty shootout rule that is present in the Conti Cup.

Durham are the only team in the group that has won their first two games of the Conti Cup campaign and barring any major upsets, this should be their third.

Sheffield United vs Blackburn Rovers – 14:00

Blackburn are struggling this season in pretty much the same boat as Coventry.

Blackburn only have a point in the Conti Cup this season. They drew with Coventry and went on to lose the penalty shootout.

Sheffield United find themselves in a different position. Propelled by the goalscoring form of Jade Pennock, the Blades are pushing for promotion into the WSL.

They beat Liverpool in matchday one and were unlucky to fall to a 3-1 defeat against Aston Villa.

They should get their Conti Cup campaign back on track with a win here.

Group B

Brighton vs Arsenal – 14:00

On the back of a thumping win in the Champions League and a fantastical win over Manchester City last weekend, Arsenal should be riding high as they travel to Brighton.

They look streets ahead of everyone they have played so far this season and that will probably be repeated this weekend despite what will no doubt be a valiant Brighton performance.

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Brighton have struggled for goals so far this season and have already lost 4-0 to Arsenal this season.

Stranger things have happened though.

London Bees vs Charlton – 14:00

London Bees are coming into this game following a fantastic derby win over London City in the last round of the Conti Cup.

Charlton are coming in having not won a single game in all competitions this season.

Charlton got their second point of the season in the Championship last weekend and will definitely want to put in a decent performance against the Bees to keep morale in the squad.

Bristol City vs London City – 15:00

In the last game of the round, London City will face a Bristol side that is in a strange place at the moment.

They have put in valiant and defiant performances in all of their games this season but find themselves 10th in the WSL.

London City find themselves well within the mix for promotion to the WSL, currently sitting in second. They are only one point behind league leaders Aston Villa.

Conversely, London City find themselves bottom of Group B, losing both of their two opening games. Both sides will be wanting to get themselves a win here.

Group C

Everton vs Manchester United – 12:30

Manchester United have won four games in a row in all competitions and will be hoping to make it five on Sunday.

Those four games have included wins over Manchester City – breaking their undefeated season to that point – Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

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The two sides are level in the league, both winning three of their five league fixtures. These two sides are also the two that have had byes so far in Group C.

Everton lost their first game against Birmingham and we all know how United fared against City.

Manchester City vs Birmingham City – 14:00

Manchester City are four games without a win and will be looking to get back to winning ways after crashing out of the Champions League in midweek.

Birmingham, on the other hand, got their first league win of the season last weekend and miraculously find themselves on top of Group C.

The Blues have won both of their first two games of the campaign. They’ve beaten both Leicester and Everton.

Man City did beat Birmingham in the league a few weeks back and Nick Cushing will be hoping that his side can replicate that this weekend.

Group D

FT: Lewes 1-2 Chelsea

Top of the WSL and Chelsea have had one of their hardest-fought games of the season at Lewes.

Up until the last 10 minutes it looked like Lewes were going to be able to steal a draw from the Blues.

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Captain Magdelena Eriksson had other ideas as she put the team on her back to fire Chelsea back into the lead.

Chelsea now lead both the WSL and their Conti Cup group in a fantastic start to the season for Emma Hayes’ side.

Crystal Palace vs Spurs – 14:00

A win for Crystal Palace here could propel the Eagles into the conversation of making the quarter-finals.

Spurs sit bottom of Group D, with just a solemn point after two games. They currently sit smack-bang in the middle of the WSL table and are one of three teams on nine points so far.

Spurs should have enough quality to see themselves win in the London Derby against Crystal Palace.

Rianna Dean and co. will be looking to follow up on their impressive 2-1 win over Bristol City last weekend – where Kit Graham scored two bangers 73 seconds apart from one another.

Reading vs West Ham – 14:00

West Ham are a side that are truly on the cusp of being able to break into the top tier clubs in the WSL and a run in the Conti Cup this season could be the perfect way for them to bridge that gap.

They only points they have in the Conti Cup though, came from a penalty shootout win over Spurs. The Hammers will have to be better than that to see themselves past Reading.

The Royals have Fara Williams in their side and that is all that needs to be said, really. Williams has smashed it this season and to be honest, will probably continue to do so.

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