Chelsea Women at Arsenal, WSL preview, predicted XI

Emma Hayes' Chelsea travel north for an encounter with rivals Arsenal with the two separated by just three points heading into Sunday.
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Last season, these two juggernauts met on four occasions with Hayes' team losing just once, the Conti Cup final. We all know that competition is rigged so the Blues cannot win it. So, we're not going to count that. Sam Kerr scored in three of those fixtures, two of them being with her head. Serbian Jelena Cankovic has on the same page with the Australian in this fixture during the last campaign, providing the service on two of those three goals.

This is not Eidevall's side from 2022/23 though. Its focus is completely domestic, allowing for the potential of some better luck health wise. The north Londoners brought in five players via the summer transfer window, but if you add the assets returning from injury, it feels like a much larger number.

Beth Mead is back and in the goals. She netted two against West Ham last time out in the WSL and one over the hiatus against Scotland. Mead makes up the right flank in the 4-2-3-1 that has been for the most part the Gunners' formation. Six different players have exactly four goal contributions in the league so far, including newcomers Alessia Russo, and Cloe Lacasse.

One of the most interesting pieces for CFCW fans to keep an eye on is the selection of Arsenal's midfield. Who will Eidevall go with between Kim Little, Lia Wälti, Victoria Pelova, and Kyra Cooney-Cross? That is going to tell almost everything you need to know about how the north Londoners are going to play from the get-go.