With Chelsea Women unbeaten in their last half dozen WSL London derbies on the road – winning five and drawing one – the Blues will start marginal favourites at Rush Green today (Sunday) when they visit West Ham Women.
But the Irons are looking to put together successive WSL wins for the first time after beating Brighton 3-1, and will fancy causing an upset against Emma Hayes’ team, who are fresh from last weekend’s Conti Cup victory against Palace.
West Ham have yet to win a London derby in the WSL, having drawn one and lost five… but the draw that they did achieve came against the Blues in March, at Kingsmeadow.
What boosts Chelsea ahead of this cold, but sun-soaked, fixture (kick off 3pm) is that they have no gone 23 games unbeaten away from home in the league (eight draws and 15 wins), conceding just 13 goals along the way and keeping 15 clean sheets.
That run is the longest in the competition’s history.
The player to watch is Chelsea’s Guro Reiten, who has created more chances – 15 – this season than any other player (although she has yet to register a single assist).