A general view of the ground ahead of the game Chelsea Women v Bristol City Women, WSL football match, Kingsmeadow, Kingston upon Thames, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA

PREVIEW: Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion

Chelsea will be looking to continue their 33-game unbeaten record in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League as they welcome struggling Brighton & Hove Albion to Kingsmeadow on Sunday

The Blues reached the FA Women’s Continental League Cup final by beating West Ham United 6-0 on Wednesday evening. Manager Emma Hayes is expected to have a fully fit squad available to her this weekend¬†after seeing the return of Erin Cuthbert and Jess Carter to the group to take on West Ham United in midweek.

This weekend’s visitors Brighton & Hove Albion continued their poor form with what manager Hope Powell labelled as an ‘unacceptable’ loss to bottom of the table side Bristol City last weekend, extending their winless run to six games.¬†As a result of their poor form, Brighton & Hove Albion will provide fans with little hope of recording their first Barclays FA Women’s Super League victory over Chelsea this weekend.

The Seagulls have bolstered their ranks with the arrival of Finnish international defender Emma Koivisto. Koivisto can operate in a range of roles including both full-back positions. Albion boss Powell has struggled to fill the full-back positions in recent weeks with Kayleigh Green and Megan Connelly playing out of position. Left-back Gibbons remains unavailable as she continues to recover from COVID-19 while Albion forward Green is suspended for this fixture, as a result of her stamp on Bristol City’s Yana Daniels last weekend.

In the reverse fixture, Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners in a hard-fought game that was decided by a powerful header from Sam Kerr. The Australian international has been one of the South West Londoners’ stand-out players, having been directly involved in nine goals in their last six matches, leading the league’s statistics for goal involvement.

Chelsea welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Kingsmeadow on Sunday afternoon. Kick-off is scheduled for 2pm with the fixture being broadcast live on the FA Player.

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