Chelsea vs Man Utd – WSL: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

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The entire 2021/22 WSL season comes down to this.

If Chelsea win they will be crowned champions for the third year in a row. If they drop points, it opens the door for Arsenal, who are expected to beat West Ham on the other side of London.

Manchester United have a chance to spoil the party.

The Red Devils, who have recovered magnificently since a 6-1 mauling by Emma Hayes’ Blues back in September, still have the slimmest chance of securing themselves a top three place and Champions League qualification but need to win here to have any chance of taking advantage of an unlikely Manchester City slip up elsewhere against Brighton.

When is kick off? Sunday 8 May, 12:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Kingsmeadow
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), FA Player (international)
highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, FA Player, BBC Sport website
Referee? abigail byrne

Fran Kirby is the only player missing for Chelsea as she continues to recover from a fatigue problem, with Emma Hayes otherwise having a full squad at her disposal.

Manchester United have no new injury concerns ahead of this one, with Marc Skinner reporting a fully fit squad other than long-term absentees Aoife Mannion and Millie Turner.

Chelsea (3-5-2): Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson; Charles, Cuthbert, Groin, Fleming, Reiten; England, Kerr

Man United (4-3-3): Earps; Batlle, Ladd, Thorisdottir, Blundell; Zelem, Groenen, Toone; Thomas, Russo, Galton

Even though a win for Manchester United is unlikely to be enough for their own ambitions after dropping too many points before now, they won’t simply roll and over and die here.

Chelsea will expect to have to work for the result they need, regardless of the one-sided nature of the score-line when they last met in the league. A more recent Continental Cup semi-final finished 3-1 in favor of Sunday’s home side, who have largely flip-flopped between blowing teams away and grinding out results in the second half of the season.

This game is sure to be tense because of everything riding on it, but Chelsea should have the steely grit and the experience to get over the line.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Man Utd

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