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Man City Women To Face Chelsea In Season Curtain Raiser

Blues Face Champions At WembleyTo Kick Off New Season

Manchester City Women v West Ham United Ladies - Women’s FA Cup Final Photo by Molly Darlington - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City’s Women will meet champions Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley in the first season curtain-raiser since 2008.

The WSL was ended prematurely due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and Chelsea were crowned league champions over the blues on points per game. However, as the Women’s FA Cup was not completed, the blues are still the current holders and will face Chelsea the day before the men’s event between Arsenal and Liverpool.

The match will see the two rivals compete again and neutrals will be hoping for a repeat of the last time these teams met in February, when they played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in Manchester. City led twice in that game through Ellen White and Georgia Stanway, but Chelsea hit back twice, then took a 3-2 in the 74th minute. That lasted all of two minutes as Lauren Hemp equalised for the blues and Stanway also missed a penalty for City.

It will also be an opportunity for the blues to showcase their new signings. USA midfielder Sam Mewis joined the blues earlier this week, becoming manager Gareth taylor’s second summer signing after Chloe Kelly joined the club from Everton.

The blues will start their season at newly promoted Aston Villa on the weekend of 5th and 6th September.

The Community Shield was last played out between Arsenal and Everton, with the Gunners running out 1-0 winners.