Steph Houghton
Match: Manchester City Women v Chelsea Ladies
Competition: Women’s Super League 1
Date: Sunday September 25, 2016
Kick-off: 14:00
Venue: Academy Stadium

Man City close to first WSL title

Manchester City Women are just one point away from Super League success.

The next couple of matches could be a memorable mark made in the history books of Manchester City as they aim to secure the double.

Potentially their first ever Women’s Super League title this Sunday before their bid to retain the Continental Cup seven days later against Birmingham City Ladies.

Standing in their way however is the current WSL champions, Chelsea Ladies. The faces of Eniola Aluko, Katie Chapman and Karen Carney, which you can describe as pieces of the dream team puzzle, have been out strengthen by their title rivals this season.

England captain Steph Houghton and her blue half of Manchester have set a dominant mark this year.

Houghton has led out a team to have only conceded on three occasions and those goals did not provide defeat upon them, as they are still to experience a loss in the current league campaign after 14 matches.

However, in the opening part of this season’s top class encounter, Man City did experience defeat in an FA Cup upset in the semi-finals to Chelsea who would go onto to lose their crown to London counterpart Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

Part two saw Man City Women’s manager Nick Cushing spread salt over Chelsea’s FA Cup wounds days later by winning 2-0 away from home in May.

If defeat was to hover over Chelsea at the Academy Stadium in part three, manager Emma Hayes would lose her hands on the WSL trophy along with the FA Cup ending the season trophy less.

There were positive news for the London club as Aluko will be playing her first match for Chelsea after signing a new contract in midweek.

‘I’ve been here four years and within that time I have progressed as a person and as a player,’ she says.

‘I love this team. The players are people I like spending time with. That combination of reasons made it an easy decision.’

Chelsea have an uphill task to stop Man City’s title run but if three points were collected on Sunday and with a game in hand on their side, the chances of retaining the league trophy may grow a little higher.

For any new supporters of women’s football, this is a fixture not to be missed. Seven players of the league’s top goal scorer list will be in action including some faces of the Lionesses 2015 World Cup squad including Toni Duggan (Man City) and Fran Kirby (Chelsea) in front of the BT Sport cameras.

A lot is at stake for the hosts on Sunday but pride to fight another day will be in the visitor’s package.

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