The 2019/2020 Vitality Women’s FA Cup final is now just six days away with Everton set to take on Manchester City at Wembley.
City will go into the match as favourites given both their stature in the game and their recent record in the competition but opponents Everton are very much the new kids on the block and have more than enough to put up a real fight for the trophy themselves.
This week, FA Women’s Super League Full-Time will be looking at some of the facts and figures from finals both past and present. In our latest feature, we have compared the attacking statistics of Everton forward Valerie Gauvin and Chloe Kelly, now of Manchester City but previously a Blue Girl.
Both players have scored three goals in this season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League, although it is Gauvin who has a greater goals-per-minute average. The French international has found the back of the net every 92 minutes while Manchester City’s Kelly has a goal to her name for every 140.66 minutes of action.
The two sides previously met in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup earlier this month at The Academy Stadium with Manchester City running out 3-1 winners. Kelly played the full 90 minutes against her former club, scoring one goal, while Gauvin was given 33 minutes from the bench and failed to score.
Moving back to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Kelly has had one more shot (12) than Gauvin (11) this season with both players playing the same number of games. The pair have both registered four shots on target, resulting in Gauvin having a 36.3% shot accuracy rating compared to Kelly’s rating of 33.3%. All of the Everton forward’s goals have come from open play while two of Kelly’s three strikes have been from the penalty spot.
In terms of Gauvin and Kelly’s involvement in goals scored by their teammates, both players have been directly involved in one goal each. Gauvin’s only goal creation came as Everton won 6-0 at Aston Villa while Kelly was involved in creating one of Manchester City’s goals in a 4-1 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Sunday’s 2019/2020 Vitality Women’s FA Cup final could see both players start the match. Gauvin and Kelly could be two of the most likely sources of goals for their respective sides as Everton and Manchester City battle for the right to have their names engraved on the trophy.