Battle at the top: Chelsea v Man United Preview

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Guro Reiten of Chelsea celebrates scoring Chelsea’s third goal during the Barclays FA Women’s Super League match vs Manchester United (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

With the international break looming on the horizon, the Chelsea Women face its biggest test of the league season so far. Manchester United are yet to lose a match within 90 minutes in all competitions, possessing the best goal differential in the Women’s Super League through five contests played at +14. Although Marc Skinner and the Red Devils have lost both of their Conti Cup contests in the early stages of this season, including a penalty shootout defeat to Championship side Durham, their league record speaks for itself.

Manchester United are the only team in the WSL not to have allowed a single goal through five games, behind the stability of the 29-year-old English international, Mary Earps between the sticks. Through the first five matches last season, the Red Devils allowed an astounding nine goals, including six in a 6-1 loss to Chelsea on their home turf. Skinner and his team have shown the progress this club has made in just a year, and will no doubt have that traumatizing defeat against the Blues in the third match of the 21/22 league season in the back of their mind as a reminder with CFC coming back to town.

After the match against Aston Villa, general manager Paul Green expressed his thoughts on the opposition coming up this weekend:

Manchester United are a top team, they’re an improving team. Marc (Skinner) has done some good work there over his period in charge…We know it’s going to be a tough game, they are currently unbeaten, and we’ve been up there before, and know what to expect, and we are all looking forward to the challenge, but we know it is going to be a tough game.”

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