It’s a big weekend for women’s football, as Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the ninth FA Women’s League Cup Final.
Amazingly, Arsenal have appeared in seven of the last eight showpieces. They’ve lifted the cup a record five times, and only failed to reach the final in 2016.
Will the Gunners continue their dominance in the competition? Or can Chelsea, who sit above Arsenal in the Women’s Super League table, win the trophy at the first time of asking?
The journey so far
Emma Hayes’ Blues are unbeaten over 90 minutes this term. They defeated West Ham, Crystal Palace, Lewes and Tottenham in the group stage, before losing on penalties to Reading after a 1-1 draw.
From there, the West London side downed Aston Villa 3-1 last month in the quarter-finals, before Maren Mjedle’s late goal edged out Manchester United in a nervy semi-final clash, to hand Chelsea a place in the final for the first time.
As for Arsenal, the steamrolled their way through the group stages, beating London Bees 9-0, Brighton 7-0, Charlton 4-0 and London City Lionesses 5-0. Their only blip was a 0-0 draw at Brighton which saw the Seagulls win on penalties.
A tough quarter-final versus Reading followed, with Arsenal’s Kim Little popping up with the winner just four minutes from time on her 200th appearance for the club.
Things were more plain-sailing in a 2-1 semi-final win versus Manchester City thanks first-half strikes from Dutch superstars Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk.
Both teams have players capable of turning a game in an instant. Chelsea will hope Beth England can continue her sensational form this term.
The 25-year-old has been plundering in the goals, and has already netted against the Gunners in Chelsea’s 2-1 and 4-1 Super League victories this season.
Boss Hayes can also call upon Australian Sam Kerr. The headline arrival hasn’t hit the heights expected of her yet, but is a class act and one the Arsenal defence will have to keep an eye on.
As for the Gunners, the aforementioned Miedeme is a goalscoring machine, having plundered 68 goals in just 72 Arsenal appearances, including 27 in 22 games this season.
And despite losing twice to Chelsea in the league this season, Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro has added ammunition at his disposal this weekend.
Versatile winger Caitlin Foord arrived from Portland Timbers in January, and the Australian is set to make only her second appearance for the Gunners after scoring on her debut against Lewes Ladies last weekend.
Where: City Ground, Nottingham
When: 5:30pm, Saturday 29th February
How to watch: BT Sport 1 / BT Sport Ultimate
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication