Goalkeeping coach Billy Stewart and first-team coach Paul McHugh, currently temporarily in charge of the Hammers, face a difficult task Sunday when they take on Chelsea after the international break.
West Ham players Cho So-Hyun and Grace Fisk have both announced that the game against Chelsea will take the Hammers to a high level. Still undefeated, the Blues managed to score a crucial point against Arsenal when Denmark international Pernille Harder’s cross was steered in by Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy. The equalizer occurred in the last minutes of the game, which resulted in the two teams sharing the points just before the international break.
Fran Kirby, who has been out with an ankle injury since the last international break, will most likely make a comeback as Chelsea turn 27. League game in a row without defeat. Another Chelsea player, Ji So-Yun, could make history tomorrow as she becomes the first non-English player to play 100 games in the Women’s Super League if she gets to play.
Rachel Daly, on loan from the Houston Dash in the NWSL, has not yet played the vital role for the Hammers as one should have predicted. She has scored a goal in the league so far but the English striker is still one of those who could cause serious problems for Chelsea defenders if not kept an eye on them.
Chelsea captain and Swedish international Magdalena Eriksson, who has just been named Swedish Player of the Year for the first time in her career, will compete in Kingsmeadow on Sunday with great confidence. Together with center-back colleague Millie Bright, they have formed one of the most stable defense partnerships in the league.
West Ham’s most recent experience with Chelsea at the WSL was a devastating 8-0 loss at Kingsmeadow Stadium in February. Bethany England and Maren Mjelde scored two goals each, while Sophie Ingle, Erin Cuthbert, the young Emily Murphy and former Chelsea player Ramona Bachmann made the top scorers’ list.
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