By Jack Johnson
After both losing their opening games of the WSL season, reigning champions Chelsea take on Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Emma Hayes’ side began their title defence with a defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool whilst the Citizens lost 4-3 in a thriller against Aston Villa.
Both teams will be keen to prevent back-to-back losses with the Blues not losing consecutively since 2015 and Gareth Taylor’s side eager to bounce back from losing their first game for the first time in eight years.
The last time the two teams met was at Wembley where Sam Kerr scored a brace with her second being an extra-time winner to claim the FA Cup for Chelsea in May.
Chelsea vs Manchester City: How to follow
This WSL fixture takes place on Sunday, September 25.
The match kicks off at 4pm at Kingsmeadow.
talkSPORT will have live coverage of the game starting at 3pm.
Commentary will be provided by Joe Shennan and former England Women’s striker Lianne Sanderson.
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Chelsea vs Manchester City: Team news
Fran Kirby’s penalty was cancelled out as Chelsea lost to Liverpool on the opening day so she will be keen to make a difference on Sunday.
Kerr is expected to start up front with Women’s Euros winning centre-back Millie Bright aiming to prevent Lionesses team-mate Lauren Hemp from making an impact.
Man City will have Alanna Kennedy back in contention after she missed out on the squad last weekend.
Kennedy is being monitored for a knock she picked up an injury on international duty earlier this month.
Chelsea vs Manchester City: What’s been said?
Citizens boss Taylor looked ahead to the fixture and is hoping for improvement from his side on Sunday.
He said: “For us, we know it’s going to be a really tough game, it’s their first home game but we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“We’ll hopefully show a better version of ourselves without the ball this time.
“That’s been really key, and it was a bit of a surprise that we weren’t quite as effective without the ball because we know if we do that, we’ll always score goals.
“It’s one that the players are looking forward to. Regardless of the team we pick, we’re expecting a good level and will try to make it difficult for Chelsea on their own patch but also show our best version with the ball.”
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