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FA Women's League Cup
FA Women's League Cup
Saturday 5 March 2022
Kickoff at 17:15 GMT
The Cherry Red Records Stadium,Plough Lane London, SW17 0NR
BBC Two
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Everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's Continental Cup Final.

When and Where

City face Chelsea at Wimbledon's Plough Lane on Saturday 5 March, with kick-off scheduled for 17:15 (UK).

The match is available to watch live on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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You can also keep across the key moments via our Matchday Centre and over on Twitter: @ManCityWomen, while a detailed match report plus reaction from Gareth Taylor and players will also be available to digest soon after the final whistle on mancity.com and the official Man City app.

A highlights package and CITY+ full-match replay can also be accessed from 12:00 the following day.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the game have now sold out.

COACH TRAVEL

City fans can now book their places on the Club's official coach travel for our Continental Tyres League Cup Final against Chelsea at Plough Lane on Saturday 5th March 2022, KO 5.15pm.

Priced at £10 per person, seats are available on a first come, first served basis and will depart from Blue G Car Park at the Etihad Stadium at 11am.

Supporters' vehicles can be left on the car park, but must be removed on return with no overnight parking available.

Should the game finish within the regulation 90 minutes, the coaches will depart AFC Wimbledon at roughly 7.45pm and return to the Etihad Stadium at around 1am, although this will be adjusted should extra time and time penalties be required.

Supporters can purchase by clicking here.

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Team news

City have received a welcome boost with the news Laura Coombs is back in contention.

The midfielder missed the two Manchester Derby victories with a knee injury but is set to return against her former Club in this weekend’s showpiece clash.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Gareth Taylor revealed the 31-year-old is fit to return, while Vicky Losada is a doubt, having picked up a knock in last Sunday’s Women’s FA Cup win over Manchester United.

There was more cause for celebration with Chloe Kelly also nearing a comeback, following her ACL injury, although the meeting with Chelsea will come too soon for last season’s Etihad Player of the Year.

Captain Steph Houghton will not be available, having undergone surgery on her Achilles, while Karen Bardsley (hamstring) and Esme Morgan (lower leg fracture) remain long-term absentees.

Previous meeting

The teams last met on the first weekend of February as an early strike from Guro Reiten saw City edged out 1-0 in the FA Women’s Super League and fall to our first defeat in ten matches.

The midfielder headed home a 14th-minute opener as the hosts made the most of a fast start at Kingsmeadow.

City pressed forward in search of an equaliser with Jess Park, Lauren Hemp and Caroline Weir all going particularly close on a frustrating afternoon.

But our efforts proved elusive, as the hosts held on to preserve their slender advantage.

Last time out

It was Derby delight once more for City, who secured a place in the Women's FA Cup quarter-finals with a thumping 4-1 triumph over Manchester United.

Three goals in ten minutes and a late Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw strike clinched a famous victory at Leigh Sports Village, as Gareth Taylor's side produced a stunning second half display to turn a thrilling tie on its head after the Reds had opened the scoring early on through Katie Zelem.

The half-time introductions of Derby heroine Caroline Weir and Hayley Raso provided much-needed impetus with Weir on the scoresheet against United for a fourth time, after Lauren Hemp had levelled and Ellen White put the visitors in front.

The victory ensured back-to-back Derby wins but most importantly, clinched our spot in the last eight.

Form Guide

City come into Sunday's clash in great form, having won ten of our last twelve matches in all competitions.

Our route to the Final saw Taylor's side finish top of Group B North with nine points from our four games, scoring 14 goals and conceding just three, before we defeated Bristol City and Tottenham Hotspur in the knock-out rounds.

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight since losing 4-0 to Wolfsburg in the Champions League, winning six and drawing two.

Having entered the Conti Cup at the quarter-final stage due to their European participation, the Londoners beat West Ham and Manchester United to reach the last two.

This will be the fourth meeting of the two teams this season with Emma Hayes' side victorious in the three previous encounters.

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