Preview: Lasses make trip to Chelsea

Sunderland Women return to Continental Tyres League Cup action as they make the trip to Kingsmeadow to face Chelsea on Wednesday (KO 7pm).


The Lasses are one of two Championship teams through to the quarter final of the competition after topping Group A with 10 points.


The winners of the four games will be placed into the semi-final draw, set to played on March 6-7, with the final being played at Wolves’ Molineux Stadium on March 31.


Team news


Katie Kitching is representing New Zealand for the OFC Olympic qualifying tournament in Samoa and will be unavailable for the game.


Louise Griffiths is also unavailable for selection following her red card against Reading on Sunday. 




Chelsea have won the Conti Cup twice, and have finished runners-up to Manchester City and Arsenal respectively in the previous two seasons.


Emma Hayes’ side have lost just one game in all competitions, currently sitting top of the Barclays Women’s Super League and Group D of the Champions League.


The Blues are laden with senior internationals in their squad, including England’s Lauren James who has scored 12 league goals this season, the second highest in the division. World record signing Mayra Ramirez made her first start for the side on Sunday against Everton following her move from Levante.


The two sides last met in May 2018, with Chelsea winning 2-1 in the WSL – Keira Ramshaw on the scoresheet for the Lasses, and Fran Kirby and Eniola Aluko for the hosts.


Around the grounds


Brighton and Hove Albion vs Aston Villa (7pm)

London City Lionesses vs Arsenal (7pm)

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester City (7:30pm)


Tickets & coverage


Tickets for the game are available on the Club’s e-ticketing site by clicking here.


All four quarter-final fixtures will be broadcast live on the FA Player, and as always, supporters can follow the action on the Lasses’ official X account @SAFCWomen.


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