Preview: Chelsea look to continue league streak in London derby

Chelsea's Sam Kerr and Millie Bright run onto the pitch.
Chelsea's Sam Kerr and Millie Bright enter the pitch ahead of their FA Women's Continental League Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on 3 November 2020. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The Blues take on rivals Tottenham Hotspur at home in their first league meeting of the season.

Chelsea made history after their 4-0 victory away at Aston Villa on Wednesday. With 32 games now unbeaten in the WSL, Chelsea don’t look likely to drop the ball any time soon.

Their last meeting with Spurs came in the Conti Cup group stage. The game was a gruelling stalemate until Erin Cuthbert took Chelsea into the lead after 70 minutes. Though lagging behind in points, Spurs have won their last three matches, and have made big recent signings in Abbie McManus and Cho So-Hyun.

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The Blues’ last match saw several changes to Emma Hayes’ starting lineup, as well as the WSL debuts of two academy players: Jorja Fox and Aggie Beever Jones.

Fran Kirby and Jonna Andersson earnt a well-deserved rest, but are likely to be back on the pitch against seventh place Tottenham. Erin Cuthbert was surprisingly missing from the previous team sheet, but no new injuries have been reported.

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Manager Hayes has praised the consistency of her current squad. Her high demands for her players extend across all fixtures, meaning the Blues can’t afford to get complacent when facing lower table sides.

With a home advantage and star players in their best form of the season, Chelsea are in a great position for the game ahead. They have only conceded six goals this season, so another clean sheet could be on the cards. With the league still in close contention, the Blues’ healthy goal difference places them well above second place Manchester United.