Aston Villa are set host Chelsea later this evening at 7pm at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium.
The Blues will be looking to regain their place at the top of the Women’s Super League table.
They also might be record breakers by the end of the 90 minutes as they close in on the all-time WSL unbeaten streak of games.
Recently appointed interim manager Marcus Bignot will be keen to make a positive start to his career at Aston Villa.
His side will enter the match with confidence after earning a hard-fought point against Reading in the snow last weekend.
Villa will be aware of Chelsea’s advantage after having a few extra days to prepare since their weekend fixture was postponed.
However Hayes’ side will be looking ahead to the match comfortably after seeing out fellow rivals Manchester City in the Continental Cup last Wednesday.
Recent Form Record
Aston Villa: WLLLD Goals scored: (8) Goals conceded: (14)
Chelsea: WWWWW Goals scored: (15) Goals conceded (3)
These two sides have only met twice in their history prior to today.
Once in the Women’s FA Cup back in April 2016, where Chelsea ran out 6-0 winners. And more recently in the Conti Cup quarter-final in January 2020.
Chelsea progressed into the next round of the competition after a late scare by Aston Villa was cancelled out by a late goal from Emily Murphy.
Ones To Watch
Aston Villa: New signing Mana Iwabuchi is one to keep an eye out for Villa.
The Japanese international made her first start of the season last time out in the WSL and made an immediate impact.
She brought her team to level terms after conceding early on in the match.Embed from Getty Images
Her persistence and hard work eventually paid off as she set up team mate Diana Silva who found a second equaliser earning Aston Villa a vital point on a snowy afternoon.
Chelsea: Fran Kirby is a definite one to watch for the Blues.
Kirby was rested during the 4-2 win at the Academy Stadium last Wednesday so should provide Hayes with a fresh option up front.
Last time out in the Women’s Super League against Manchester United, Kirby came up with the winning goal after scoring directly from a goal-kick. She could be paramount in Chelsea’s vie for a new record.Embed from Getty Images
The striker has provided four assists for her team and is second highest scorer of the season with eight goals.
The German midfielder revealed that her and her teammates are eager to return to action after their recent postponement.
She said: “We are looking forward to the game a lot. We are currently on on a good run and have been performing really well.
“Villa will try everything, they have nothing to lose and we are expecting a hard game.”
Note: Wednesday 27th is also Holocaust Memorial Day. Aston Villa will wear black armbands throughout the game as a mark of respect.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea kicks off at 7pm and will be shown live on the FA Player. Chelsea viewers can also tune in via the 5th Stand App or Chelsea WFC Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Download the digital match program here: https://woobox.com/7eippu