Chelsea Women at Leicester: WSL preview, predicted XI

The international break has come and gone. At least for the non-CONCACAF folk. Chelsea Women return to the pitch with a mission of getting back on track following a Manchester City defeat.
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Emma Hayes
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Hayes spoke about the fact that she expects a tough battle on the road this Sunday at her Friday press conference.

"Leicester have proved they are a difficult team to beat. Man City took 80 minutes to score past them at home a couple of weeks ago. Leicester might feel aggrieved with the goals we've scored against them up there over the years," Hayes stated. "I expect nothing but an aggressive performance from them, I expect nothing but a really tight game. So for me is about winning the game. I'm not focused on goal difference."

Discounting the obvious long-term injuries such as Mia Fishel, Chelsea will be without James due to yellow card accumulation. Fran Kirby and Maren Mjelde are supposably in doubt according to the Blues' manager. Catarina Macario could make her season debut, but most likely as an impact substitute. The American was seen in training on Friday with captain Millie Bright, another player who eyes a return to play in the coming weeks.

Chelsea Women at Leicester City predicted starting XI

Goalkeeper: Hannah Hampton

Defenders: Jess Carter, Nathalie Björn, Niamh Charles, Eve Perisset

Midfielders: Erin Cuthbert, Melanie Leupolz, Jelena Cankovic

Forwards: Guro Reiten, Mayra Ramirez, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd

Chelsea Women at Leicester City match info

Date: Sunday, March 3

Time: 18:00 GMT, 1:00 p.m. EST

TV Broadcast: Paramount+, Sky Sports

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