Chelsea (4-4-2) Berger; Mjelde, Bright, Ericsson, Blundell; Kirby, Ji, Leupolz, Cuthbert; England, Kerr.
Substitutes: Telford, Thorisdottir, Ingle, Carter, Reiten, Fleming, Charles, Harder, Spence.
Bristol City (4-5-1) Baggaley; Allen, Matthews, Evans, Purfield; Wellings, Palmer, Humphrey, Mastrantonio, Logarzo; Daniels.
Substitutes: Haaland, Bryson, Rafferty, Salmon, Bissell, Wilson, Harrison, Layzell, Jones.
Beth England returns to the Chelsea starting line-up, but Pernille Harder stays on the bench for now.
Hello. If you’re a potential title challenger, the first weeks of a new season are about statements as well as points. Arsenal made a mighty one by putting 15 goals past Reading and West Ham in their first two games; now Chelsea have the chance to respond at home to Bristol City.
Chelsea could have scored a few at Leigh Sports Village last week, but missed chances and were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United. This should – should – be a more comfortable afternoon against a team they have beaten heavily in recent seasons: the last three games between these sides finished 6-1, 4-0 and 6-0. Bristol City also started this season with a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home to Everton.
Pernille Harder, who came off the bench last weekend, could make her full debut for Chelsea. With or without Harder, they have plenty of firepower in Sam Kerr and the PFA player of the year Beth England. If Bristol City get a result today, it’ll be a famous one.
Kick off 12.30pm.