The 2017/18 season kicks off this weekend, and it all starts for Chelsea Ladies at their new Kingsmeadow home, against Bristol City.
Off the back of an impressive Spring Series campaign which saw the Blues lift the trophy at its conclusion, a win in this game is a must to set the team off on the right track for further success this year.
This game is also the first of the season to be streamed live on BBC Sport Online.
Scouting Bristol City
Having bounced straight back after relegation in the 2015 season, Bristol City – who were known as Bristol Academy during their last stint in the top tier – have continued their tradition of basing the squad around young, homegrown talent. Captain for this year is 21 year old Millie Turner, and the rest of the squad are not much older than her.
This being said City have recruited internationally this summer, bringing in three players from Belgium, and one from the Netherlands. Again, they’re still mostly young players, but Willie Kirk will hope some overseas experience will complement his squad.
In Spring Series Bristol managed just one win, but you cannot read too much into that competition – things will be very different now that relegation is a threat once again.
Last time out
The last meeting between the two sides was the penultimate game of the Spring Series, in which Chelsea ran out 4-0 winners at Stoke Gifford on their way to the title. The first half was a close affair, but the class of Ramona Bachmann and Fran Kirby shone through as time passed, both getting their names on the scoresheet.
These two teams have met 12 times in the FAWSL era (since 2011), and Chelsea edge the record with seven wins to Bristol’s three. You have to go back to 2013 to find the last Bristol victory however, with the Blues coming out on top in each of six meetings.
Wore both shirts
The only player in either of the current squads to have played for both teams is Millie Farrow. The young forward made her Chelsea debut in 2014 but has spent the last season and a half on loan at Bristol, gaining vital first team minutes. She’s now back with the Blues finishing her recovery from an ACL injury.
This is the team’s debut at their new Kingsmeadow home, in Kingston-upon-Thames. The game kicks off at 12:30pm, with tickets priced at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.
If you can’t attend the game it’s streamed live on BBC Online and you can follow live Twitter updates on @clfcfans.