Chelsea Women vs. Everton, WSL preview, predicted XI

With a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League now secured, Chelsea Women return home for an encounter with Everton in the league.

Everton FC v Chelsea FC  - Barclays Women´s Super League
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On the Chelsea side of things, the train keeps rolling down the tracks. The Blues' manager expressed her feeling regarding the team with just a few months left in her tenure:

"There's a lot of confidence in the performances and it looks like everybody's clear on their roles and expectations, and they're delivering," Hayes said. "The whole squad is playing well and getting minutes and that's half the battle. You have to give enough playing time, otherwise it can get difficult to manage."

In terms of the lineup, Nathalie Björn, who was not in the Champions League group stage squad should start against her former club considering the seamless transition she has made into the team. We'll likely see the return of Jess Carter, Erin Cuthbert, and Lauren James, three players that made the bench vs. Paris FC but not not appear as a substitute. Fran Kirby, the goal scorer of two opening goals against this team in the past may start on the bench due to the workload she had been tasked with in three straight contests.

Keep an eye on the left flank, it's an area of the pitch in which the Toffees have lacked control a lot this season, especially against Arsenal the other week. Niamh Charles and Guro Reiten should be set for some productive afternoons.

Chelsea Women vs. Everton predicted starting XI

Goalkeeper: Hannah Hampton

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

Midfielders: Erin Cuthbert, Melanie Leupolz, Lauren James

Forwards: Guro Reiten, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Mayra Ramírez

Chelsea Women vs. Everton match info

Date: Sunday, February 4

Time: 18:45 GMT, 1:45 p.m. EST

TV Broadcast: Sky Sports, Paramount+, The FA Player

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