Beth England of Chelsea celebrates with Guro Reiten at the end of the match Birmingham City Women v Chelsea Women, WSL football match, Sportnation.Bet Stadium, Solihull, UK - 24 Nov 2019 Photo: Richard Martin-Roberts for The FA

Are Chelsea really the team to watch in the FAWSL?

Emma Hayes’ Chelsea side currently occupy second position in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table, although they could reach the summit should they collect at least a point from their game in hand on current leaders Manchester City.

The Blues are the top scorers in the league so far this season with 47 goals but are the South West Londoners really the side to watch for the entertainment factor alone in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League?

FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have been looking at the statistics behind Chelsea’s campaign so far to see just how they compare to some of their league rivals in terms of offering entertainment.

In terms of goals scored in games involving The Blues, it is certainly true that Chelsea fixtures offer the most excitement for fans’ admission money. Chelsea fixtures have averaged 3.87 goals per game, which is 0.08 goals higher than West Ham United’s games, the next highest in terms of goals produced. Chelsea are unbeaten this season, the only club in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League to do so, therefore fans are not only seeing the most goals scored in the league, they are also going home very happy.

Arsenal have hit the most goals in one match this season (11) while that fixture produced 12 goals in all, the most scored in a Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture this season. Of the top three clubs though, only Chelsea hold the proud record of scoring six or more goals in three separate games. Bristol City fixtures have also included six or more goals on three occasions but sadly for Tanya Oxtoby’s side, those games have ended in defeat.

Chelsea’s quality and goalscoring capabilities can be demonstrated across the park with their 47 league goals being shared amongst 16 different players. Only Jonna Andersson and Jamie-Lee Napier have not scored of those players who have appeared for The Blues in the league. League leaders Manchester City have had 10 different goalscorers this season while just eight players have contributed goals for Arsenal.

All-in-all, this multi-national Chelsea side is something of a goal machine. Hayes has assembled a group of players who are all capable of digging deep when needed with goals throughout the whole team. One cannot deny that this is a hugely talented team who are difficult to beat and send their fans home happy week-on-week. They certainly do hold a licence to thrill.


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