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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When it comes to the west London side's lineup, Hayes will more than likely insert Maren Mjelde in for the injured Millie Bright alongside Jess Carter in the backline. They'll be some debate regarding Eve Perisset or Ashley Lawrence at right back, but the French international has assisted on a goal in two straight games. The nod is ought to go to No. 15.

In the midfield, a Erin Cuthbert and Sjoeke Nusken double pivot has to be the play while Fran Kirby coming off a goal against Scotland slots in at the No. 10. Even with her sitting out for Australia, Kerr should be back and in the lineup. Her prolific record against the Gunners is one that you cannot simply deny. The Blues will position Lauren James on the left wing with red-hot Swedish winger Johanna Rytting Kaneryd on the opposite side. Keep on eye on Lawrence as a substitute, especially on one of the wings. She could be brought in to bring even more solidity defensively to hold a lead while also providing a threat going forward.

Chelsea Women at Arsenal predicted starting XI

Goalkeeper: Ann-Katrin Berger

Defenders: Jess Carter, Eve Perisset, Niamh Charles, Maren Mjelde

Midfielders: Erin Cuthbert, Sjoeke Nusken, Fran Kirby

Forwards: Lauren James, Sam Kerr, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd

Chelsea Women at Arsenal match info

Date: Sunday, December 10

Time: 12:30 GMT, 7:30 a.m. EST

TV Broadcast: Optus Sport, BBC Two, BBC iPlayer