Chelsea travel to Everton on Wednesday evening as they look to close the gap between themselves and WSL leaders Arsenal to two points.
Sam Kerr’s last gasp winner against Aston Villa last time out kept the title race in the hands of Emma Hayes’ side, but they face an Everton team enjoying a resurgence in form.
Having endured a difficult campaign to date, the Toffees have won three on the bounce in all competitions to lift them comfortably clear of the drop zone.
When is kick off? Wednesday 16 March, 19:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Walton Hall Park
TV channel/live stream? The FA Player (UK, international)
Highlights? FA Player, BBC Sport website
Referee? James Bell
Anna Anvegard – Everton’s two-goal hero last time out against Leicester – took a knock to the head and will be assessed closer to kick off to determine her availability, with Chris Roberts admitting it was ‘highly likely’ she would miss out.
Nathalie Bjorn and Grace Clinton returned to the match day squad for the Toffees’ victory over the Foxes following spells on the sideline, with Roberts confirming the pair are now back to full fitness.
Jessie Fleming and Erin Cuthbert returned to the Chelsea squad on Sunday after sitting out the last few due to Covid-19 and injury, and could be thrust back into the starting XI against Everton.
Zecira Musovic has started Chelsea’s last two, with regular number one Ann-Katrin Berger on the bench. The Sweden international grabbed an assist for Chelsea’s winner against Aston Villa, and could continue between the sticks on Wednesday evening.
Everton: MacIver; Pattinson, George, Finnigan, Turner; Christiansen, Galli, Dali; Emslie, Duggan, Bennison.
Chelsea: Musovic; Carter, Nouwen, Bright, Andersson; Ingle, Ji, Cuthbert; Fleming, Kerr, Reiten.
Chelsea have had to dig in and grind out results over the last month, demonstrating their defensive resilience in league clashes with Manchester City and Arsenal, and continued attacking prowess despite absentees against West Ham.
Much like against Aston Villa last time out, it could be another tough evening for Chelsea against an in form Everton – but Hayes’ side will be expected to dig in once more and take home all three points.
Prediction: Everton 0-1 Chelsea