Chelsea Women at Manchester United: FA Cup preview, predicted XI

We've entered the biggest stretch of the campaign, the time of the season when Chelsea Women have consistently shown why it's the most elite club in England. It begins in Manchester on Sunday afternoon in the FA Cup.
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When it comes to availability news, Leah Galton and Hinata Miyazawa should be fit enough to go considering the two made their returns from injury against Everton in the club's previous contest. This isn't Chelsea coming off a win. United will have to encounter a side with something to prove who just lost a cup final before the break. In 2023 following the Conti Cup final defeat, the Blues scored two goals within the first 22 minutes in the next match, defeating Brighton by the score of three goals to one in the WSL.

"We’ve got so much to play for, this wasn't our only competition," the English manager Hayes explained following the defeat to Arsenal in the Midlands.

The victor of this intriguing semifinal will take on either Tottenham or Leicester City in the final at Wembley on May 12. The meeting between the Foxes and Spurs will kick off before Chelsea vs. United on Sunday in North London.

Chelsea Women at Manchester United predicted starting XI

Goalkeeper: Hannah Hampton

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

Midfielders: Erin Cuthbert, Sjoeke Nusken, Lauren James

Forwards: Mayra Ramirez, Guro Reiten, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd

Chelsea Women at Manchester United match info

Date: Sunday, April 14

Time: 14:35 BST, 9:35 a.m. EST

TV Broadcast: ESPN+, BBC One

The West Londoners have a quick turnaround after this fixture, taking on Aston Villa in the Women's Super League on Wednesday evening at Kingsmeadow.