Preview: Leaders Chelsea travel to bottom side Bristol City

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Women’s Super League leaders Chelsea will travel to Bristol City on Sunday in a top vs bottom of the table clash.

This is a huge opportunity for the Blues to pull further from Manchester City and extend their gap to five points clear.

Bristol City are in a relegation scrap, but have enjoyed a good string of results since Matt Beard’s arrival. The Robins are currently undefeated in three games.

Chelsea will be clear favourites heading into this fixture, however Brighton capitalised last weekend when the West London side dropped any stretch of standard that Emma Hayes has established over the years. This is the perfect opportunity for Bristol to pick up another giant-killing result.

Recent form

Bristol City

Bristol head into this game undefeated in the last three and fresh from an FA Cup final date against the same opponents. You won’t see any vibes tomorrow but it has the potential to be a building block prior to the 14th March.

The hosts won’t be under any pressure, but with City sitting idle for three weeks after, Matt Beard will be looking to make an impression heading into the business end of the season.

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Chelsea

The assignment at Twerton Park is the perfect opportunity for Emma Hayes to signal that the defeat to Brighton last Sunday was a blip. They must now start building a gap at the top heading into the break.

Chelsea will aim to dominate the game and build on their fantastic season so far. The Blues will be hoping to prove a point with the fantastic array of world class they possess.

Ones to Watch

Bristol City

Ebony Salmon and her speed will be vital for Bristol City on counters and attacks. She gives opposition defences a tough time and is clinical both in and outside the box.

Ebony Salmon of England U19 | Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Salmon received a deserved call-up to the England national team during the week.

Yana Daniëls will be a threat to any gaps that may appear in the Chelsea defence and will look to partner with Salmon.

Chelsea

Sam Kerr has been scoring goals from headers throughout this season for league leaders Chelsea. Bristol City will be eager to stop her getting on the ball.

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Ann Katrin-Berger has been a stalwart in between the sticks with the tips of her feet, palms of her hands and is confident off her line.

Head-to-Head

The 9-0 score line for Chelsea at Kingsmeadow back in September will be one Bristol City will erase and will be eager to give a better account of themselves.

Chelsea played at an unassailable pace that day, playing free-flowing football alongside nine separate goal-scorers. Not only is this a remarkable fear, but it shows the strength and depth alongside the world class talent the leaders boast.

Standards are high in the Chelsea camp and Hayes will be keen to prove a point. Tomorrow is the perfect opportunity to try and lay down some markers – including on the goal-scoring front – so they have an unobstructed view heading into the business end of the campaign.

Where to Watch

The match will be live from Twerton Park on the FA Player with a 3:00pm kick off. Live updates are also available on the Her Football Hub Twitter to keep up-to-date.

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