Arsenal vs Chelsea – FA Cup final for women: TV channel, livestream, team news and predictions

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Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the FA’s FA Cup final 2021 at Wembley on Sunday, marking the 100th anniversary of the FA banning women’s football from being played in football venues – stopping what had become an increasingly popular sport in its tracks for 50 years .

More than 45,000 tickets and a number have been sold for a competition that will break the audience record set when these two clubs last met in the final during arch 2018.

This is the culmination of the delayed FA Cup 2020/21, a consequence of the 2019/20 competition being pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. But it is otherwise the first chance to win silver this season and both sides will be happy to make a statement.

These two clubs are currently first (Arsenal) and second (Chelsea) in the WSL table and it promises to be a battle between the two best teams in England and two of the best in all of Europe.

This is all you need to know about the game …

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19:30 GMT

When is kick off? Sunday 5 December, 14:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? Wembley StadiumTV channel / livestream? BBC One / BBC iPlayer (UK), ESPN + (USA), Optus Sport (Australia)Highlights? BBC Sport websiteJudge? Helen Conley

Tobin Heath has not recovered from injury / Quality Sport Images / GettyImages

USWNT star Tobin Heath is still out with an injury that has bothered her in recent weeks and is therefore unavailable on Sunday. But Arsenal have no other new injury problems and will have Mana Iwabuchi, Simone Boye Sorensen, Caitlin Foord and Jennifer Beattie all available as well.

Leah Williamson is left and is a big loss in such a big game.

Pernille Harder is back for Chelsea / Valerio Pennicino / GettyImages

Pernille Harder’s return is a big boost for Chelsea after overcoming an injury that had bothered her in recent weeks and saw that she missed international assignments with Denmark. The Dutch hill Aniek Nouwen is also healthy again.

Sam Kerr, who finished third in the Ballon d’Or Feminin on Monday, will play even though he returned from Australia after international service and could not train before Saturday.

Maren Mjelde is not expected to play in this match as she continues to build up her condition after she recently returned to play after a long-term injury.

Arsena (4-3-3): Zinsberger, Maritz, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Catley; Maanum, Walti, Little; Mead, Miedema, McCabe

Chelsea (3-4-3): Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson; Cuthbert, Leupolz, Ji, Reiten; Kirby, Kerr, Harder

Chelsea won the FA Cup final 2018 against Arsenal / Jordan Mansfield / GettyImages

When Arsenal and Chelsea met on the opening weekend of the current WSL season in September, the match ended in what was considered a shock 3-2 victory for the Gunners. They had been on an exceptional run to end the previous campaign, but had undergone a change of manager, while Chelsea were reigning champions and had reached the Champions League final in May.

It was also Arsenal’s first competitive win against Chelsea in three years since September 2018 they won 5-0 away at Kingsmeadow on their way to their latest WSL title.

Chelsea beat Arsenal at home and away in the WSL during the abandoned 2019/20 season, and won the Continental Cup final in 2020. Last season’s WSL meetings ended with a 3-0 Chelsea victory at Kingsmeadow in February and a 1-1 draw at Meadow Park in November.

Chelsea caught a cold when the two met in September. They had not had much of a pre-season and were beaten by an Arsenal team which, although they did not have much in preparation with the incoming manager Jonas Eidevall, had already played four competitive matches in Europe.

Chelsea have found a winning rhythm since then, while Arsenal have not been quite as impressive in their recent league matches as they were earlier in the campaign.

This promises to be a tight competition with scarce profit margins, but Chelsea can get over it.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

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