Chelsea vs Aston Villa: how to watch WSL fixture as Emma Hayes's treble hopes crumble - kick-off time

Emma Hayes comforts Mayra Ramirez after FA Cup semi-final defeatEmma Hayes comforts Mayra Ramirez after FA Cup semi-final defeat
Emma Hayes comforts Mayra Ramirez after FA Cup semi-final defeat | Getty Images
Chelsea fight for their final chance at domestic silverware as they take on Aston Villa in Women’s Super League

Chelsea’s hopes at securing a treble in Emma Hayes’s final season have vanished after Manchester United recorded their first ever win over the Blues in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday 14 April. Jonas Eidevall’s Arsenal had already scuppered plans for a quadruple trophy win with a 1-0 win in the FA WSL Cup but now Marc Skinner’s Red Devils have ended any possibility of three trophies following a 2-1 victory at Leigh Sports Village.

Hayes’s final domestic aim now lies with the Women’s Super League - which Manchester City are currently leading - and they will now need to record a win of more than one goal over upcoming opponents Aston Villa if they are to get back to the top of the league.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Here is all you need to know ahead of Chelsea’s upcoming fixture against the Villans...

When is Chelsea vs Aston Villa?

The two sides will meet at Kingsmeadow Stadium later today, Wednesday 17 April, with kick-off set for 7pm GMT.

Lauren James's first-half goal was not enough to stop Manchester United succeeding in FA Cup semi-final winLauren James's first-half goal was not enough to stop Manchester United succeeding in FA Cup semi-final win
Lauren James's first-half goal was not enough to stop Manchester United succeeding in FA Cup semi-final win | Getty Images

How to watch Chelsea vs Aston Villa?

The match will be broadcast by Sky Sports with both the Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League channels broadcasting the clash. Fans can tune into Sky Sports from £22/month or Sky Sports channels can be accessed through a NowTV pass from £11.99/day.

Team news

Chelsea continue to be without the services of Millie Bright, Aniek Nouwen, Maren Mjelde, Sam Kerr and Mia Fishel due to injury and as the side are also to take on Barcelona in this weekend’s Champions League semi-final, Hayes could make several changes to the starting line-up.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Villa, on the other hand, will be without Lucy Parker, Daphne van Domselaar, Lucy Staniforth and Kirsty Hanson while Sara Mayling and Max Pacheco are likely to make their return to the starting line-up after being dropped to the bench for the side’s recent draw against Leicester.

Can Chelsea win the WSL?

With five WSL fixtures still to go, Chelsea can still win the Women’s Super League but will need to rely on goal difference or Manchester City dropping points if they are to achieve this.

Gareth Taylor’s side currently sit top of the league with 15 wins from 18 games while Chelsea are second with 14 wins from 17 fixtures. There is also a mere one point differentiation in goal difference meaning both teams will not only be desperate to secure the necessary 15 points from fixtures but will hope to do so by scoring as many goals as they are able.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.