Chelsea Women at Bristol City, WSL preview, predicted XI

Without a win in its last two matches, Chelsea Women look to keep their spot atop the Women's Super League against Bristol City.

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You're probably looking at the WSL table and thinking this is a runaway match for the four-time defending champions. Not so fast though. Since the Robins' 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, they have played some of the league's giants pretty tough.

The club brought in 11 players including loans to compete in the top-flight. One of them being its current leading goal scorer, Amalie Thestrup, a former PSV forward who spent last season on loan at West Ham United. The 28-year-old is flanked wide left while the Scottish international Abigail Harrison leading the line.

Wing backs Jamie-Lee Napier, and Ella Powell love to carry the ball forward and get involved in the attack, something the two of them did quite often at Preston Park. In possession BCFC lines up in a back-three, but converts to a back-five out of it.

BCFC has amassed one point in its last two games, drawing Liverpool in a match that lacked offensive efficiency. The current 11th place side held Manchester United scoreless for 50 minutes at home, and fell just short of a point against Arsenal due to a header by Katie McCabe just before the 60'.

That has been the issue all season for Bristol, set plays. Eve Perisset and Niamh Charles could very well add to their assist total, considering no club has lost a higher percentage of aerial duels. Nine of the 23 goals allowed have been via the set piece. Sam Kerr is going to have plenty of opportunities to made amends for the free header she rattled the crossbar with against Hacken.

Chelsea Women at Bristol City predicted starting XI

Goalkeeper: Ann-Katrin Berger

Defenders: Eve Perisset, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Kadeisha Buchanan

Midfielders: Jessie Fleming, Erin Cuthbert, Sophie Ingle

Forwards: Sam Kerr, Guro Reiten, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd

Chelsea Women at Bristol City match info

Date: Sunday, December 17

Time: 14:00 GMT, 9:00 a.m. EST

TV Broadcast: The FA Player