Arsenal vs Chelsea – Women’s FA Cup: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

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Arsenal and Chelsea take a break from their hotly fought WSL title race this weekend to battle for a place in the FA Cup final at Wembley, going head to head in the semis.

The two giants faced each in the FA Cup as recently as December, taking to the Wembley pitch in what was actually last season’s heavily delayed final.

Chelsea walked to victory on that occasion, although a more recent league meeting between them in February ended as a 0-0 draw. Arsenal, meanwhile, won when they played each other on the opening weekend of the WSL season back in September,

Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Sunday’s game…

When is kick off? Sunday 17 April, 12:30 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Meadow Park
TV Channel/livestream? BBC Two/iPlayer (UK), ESPN+ (US), FA Player (international)
Highlights? BBC Sport Website, FA Player
Referee? Rebecca Welch

Mana Iwabuchi and Rafaelle are expected to be available for Arsenal after recent spells out.

Lotte Wubben-Moy was forced to withdraw from the England squad during the international break as a result of injury.

Manager Jonas Eidevall would be expected to name his strongest team, having rotated players earlier in the competition.

Having already missed the last few games to rest, Fran Kirby has now been ruled out for the ‘foreseeable future’ by manager Emma Hayes with undiagnosed fatigue.

On the plus side, Pernille Harder is available once more. But not everyone in the Chelsea squad was able to train fully on Friday because of somewhat fractured returns from international duty.

Arsenal: Zinsberger; Maritz, Williamson, Beattie, Catley; Maanum, Little, Walti; Mead, Miedema, McCabe

Chelsea: Berger; Bright, Carter, Eriksson; Charles, Cuthbert, Ingle, Ji, Reiten; Kerr, England

There has been so little to separate these teams in the WSL all season and it has been honours even overall in their previous meeting over the last few months.

But Chelsea are probably the team to back here. Despite the blow of more bad news about Kirby, they have two other forwards in red hot form in Sam Kerr and Bethany England and it could be too much for Arsenal to handle.

Prediction: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

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