Sunday’s fixtures feature #ContiCup Final and #FAWC top-two clash

The Continental Cup trophy
Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Bristol City take on Chelsea in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup Final, after Championship promotion rivals Durham and Leicester City clash at noon.

Sunday 14 March

Conti Cup Final

Bristol City v Chelsea (2.30pm) – live on BT Sport 2

Barclays FA Women’s Super League

Reading v Tottenham Hotspur (12.30pm) – live on The FA Player

FA Women’s Championship

Blackburn Rovers v Lewes (12pm) – live on YouTube

Durham v Leicester City (12pm) – live on The FA Player / Facebook

Liverpool v Coventry United (2pm) – live on LFCTV

Sheffield United v Charlton Athletic (2pm)

Chelsea returned from Champions League action in Italy to defend their Conti Cup title against Bristol City at Watford FC’s Vicarage Road stadium.

The Robins have been buoyed by some much improved results in climbing off the foot of the table but that run of recent fixtures did include a 5-0 home defeat to Chelsea.

It will be a first-ever appearance in the final of the competition for underdogs Bristol City and their interim head coach, Matt Beard, told bcfc.co.uk: “We’re in a good moment. We’ve picked up seven points from five league games and we’re into a cup final so we’re in a good run of form.

“We know the challenge of Chelsea is huge with all the international players they have. It’s like playing a world’s best XI at times but it’s a cup final and anything can happen…it’s huge but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to and we’re getting better with every training session, with every game and we’re moving in the right direction. This is another opportunity for us to do that.”

Blues head coach Emma Hayes commented on the opposition on chelseafc.com : ‘I think they have been brilliant. This side of Christmas they’ve been brilliant on the counter, you can see that they are finding another level of their attacking play.

‘They’re fighting to stay in the league and their efforts in that last game was absolutely superb. You’ve seen [Ebony] Salmon on the counter and with the qualities she’s got, they seemed to have found something that works for them.

‘It’s a final, I’m approaching this final in exactly the same way I do every game. Regardless of the opponent, as you know with football, there is no such thing as a comfortable game.”

Meanwhile, in league action …

The one WSL match this Sunday sees Reading host Tottenham, with the visitors leading a five-strong pack looking to avoid the single relegation place.

A two-horse race to gain promotion sees unbeaten Durham having home advantage over leaders Leicester City, who are goal-difference ahead of the Wildcats but from one game more.

Sheffield United sit third but ten points behind the top two as they welcome Charlton Athletic, who are three points off the bottom.

Liverpool are level on points with the Blades and home to Coventry United, who are just two points better off than basement side London Bees.

Blackburn Rovers have a chance to leapfrog mid-table Lewes, as they sit only a couple of points behind them.

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