#SSEWomensFACup: Quarter-Final Preview

Manchester City continue their defence of the Cup at Sunderland, Liverpool clash with Chelsea, Durham take on Everton and there’s a London derby between Arsenal and Charlton.

Sunday 18th March (2pm)
Arsenal v Charlton Athletic (Boreham Wood FC)
Durham v Everton (Durham City FC)
Liverpool v Chelsea (Prescot Cables FC)
Sunderland v Manchester City (South Shields FC)

Sunderland entertain Manchester City for a place in the last four but it was the holders who won their recent league meeting 3-0. However, the Cityzens are unusually without a win in three games after the Conti Cup Final loss in midweek and have a Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. The Black Cats, who needed a fightback to see off Aston Villa in the last round, reached the final in 2009 but ended up with the losers’ medals.

Liverpool have home advantage over Chelsea (at the changed venue of Prescot Cables FC) who hit them 5-1 in the capital just before the Christmas break. The Reds have been beaten finalists three times (firstly as Knowsley United), while the Blues won the first Wembley final in 2015 before losing there the following year. WSL leaders Chelsea travel to France for their UWCL 1st Leg tie in midweek.

Durham are the one remaining WSL 2 representative and they receive a visit from Everton. The Toffees lost out in the final four years ago but lifted the trophy in 2010, having also been successful some time earlier as Leasowe Pacific. For the Wildcats, this is their first time at the quarter-final stage. They previously played Everton away in the 2017 Spring Series but went down by the only goal.

Winners in 2016, Arsenal host a London derby against Charlton Athletic, who are the last FA WPL side in the competition. The Addicks were in the final four times in a five-year spell up to 2007 but with just a single victory, although they did additionally register two wins as Croydon. The Gunners were back in trophy-winning mode in the week and have the experience of 15 FA Cup finals, only one of which has ended in defeat.

Tickets for next season’s SSE Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley are now on sale.

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