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 Aston Villa

Chelsea return home following their midweek European exploits as they face Aston Villa in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday.

Last time out, The Blues were forced to use the Szusza Ferenc Stadium in Budapest for the ‘home’ leg of their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie against VfL Wolfsburg. Chelsea  famously went on to beat the Germans 2-1.

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League leaders now come up against Aston Villa at Kingsmeadow. The two sides have only met once before in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, when Emma Hayes’ side recorded a 4-0 victory at The Banks’s Stadium back in January.

Chelsea manager Hayes hasn’t announced any new absentees in addition to Maren Mjelde and Beth England, however, she may be looking to rest players with the club’s second leg tie against VfL Wolfsburg coming up on Wednesday. Hayes may be weary of rotating though as the last time she made wholesale changes it resulted in the end of their 33-game unbeaten run in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Aston Villa will be looking to find inspiration from Albion’s result against The Blues with The Villains having failed to record a win in their last three Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixtures. Villa boss Marcus Bignot hasn’t announced any new absentees. Forward Sophie Haywood has been ruled out for the remainder of the season while the current condition of Ramona Petzelberger is unknown.

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture between Chelsea and Aston Villa is scheduled to kick-off at 2.30pm tomorrow afternoon and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3.

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