Chelsea vs Spurs: WSL preview, home opener at Stamford Bridge

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Guro Reiten of Chelsea celebrates after scoring her team's third goal of the game during the FA Women's Super League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on November 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Guro Reiten of Chelsea celebrates after scoring her team's third goal of the game during the FA Women's Super League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on November 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) /
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Chelsea Head Coach Emma Hayes celebrates with the Women’s Super League Trophy after the FA Women’s Super League match between Reading and Chelsea at Select Car Leasing Stadium on May 27, 2023 in Reading, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images) /

Even with success, the first contest of the campaign has consistently not been the kindest to Emma Hayes’ side. The entire WSL remembers the Blues opener in September 2022. It may be difficult to believe, but the last time Hayes’ team secured all three points to begin a domestic season was in 2019 at this same venue against the same opponent. It has not prevented the club from hoisting the title at the end, but in an increasingly more competitive league, it would not hurt to kick things off on a positive note.

At some point this strange streak has to come to a screeching halt. Against a newly promoted side last season, many thought it would be broken. An extensive period of preparation combined with the fact that opening weekend will not be pushed back are all reasons to believe this time around could be different.

Chelsea Women predicted starting XI vs. Tottenham Women

Goalkeeper: Ann-Katrin Berger

Centerbacks: Millie Bright, Jess Carter, Kadeisha Buchanan

Wingers: Guro Reiten, Ashley Lawrence

Midfielders: Lauren James, Fran Kirby, Sophie Ingle, Melanie Leupolz

Forward: Sam Kerr

Chelsea Women vs. Tottenham Women match info

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2023

Time: 17:30 BST, 12:30 p.m. EST

TV Broadcast: Sky Sports (UK), FA Player (USA)

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Tickets: Available via the club’s website (discount of 15% if four-match package is purchased)