Chelsea will be hoping to follow up their splendid 5-1 aggregate victory over VfL Wolfsburg with three points against Birmingham City as they return to domestic action at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
The Blues recorded a 3-0 second leg victory over the German side in their UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie, a result which Emma Hayes labelled as their best. A very different challenge now awaits in the form of a physical Birmingham City side who are fighting for survival in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has a decision to make at right-back with Niamh Charles available again following her European suspension. Jess Carter stepped in to deputise against Wolfsburg and put in a solid performance, putting down a marker to retain her place. Defender Maren Mjelde is sidelined for the remainder of the season while forward Beth England returned to the squad in midweek and is pushing for a start.
Birmingham City head coach Carla Ward could have one of the biggest squads available to her that she has had all season. The Blues boss has revealed that both Heidi Logan and Veatriki Sarri are nearing full fitness and could make the matchday squad for the trip to Kingsmeadow, along with Chelsea loanee Emily Murphy. Long term absentees Connie Scofield and Lily Simkin remain sidelined while Chloe McCarron will be unavailable for personal reasons.
Chelsea’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Birmingham City is scheduled to kick-off at 12.30pm on Easter Sunday and will be available for fans to watch live on the BBC Red Button and on the FA Player.