CHELSEA and Man City women face off at Wembley for the Community Shield.
Ahead of Arsenal's clash with Liverpool, the two sides clash at the Home of Football in the annual season curtain-raiser.
The Blues won the WSL after the league was officially abandoned in May, with this the first women's Community Shield since 2008.
When is Chelsea vs Man City?
- This clash will take place on Saturday, August 29.
- Kick-off at Wembley is set for 12.30pm BST.
- When the sides last met, they played out a terrific 3-3 draw back in February.
What TV channel is Chelsea vs Man City on and can I live stream it?
- You can catch this game live and FREE if you live in the UK.
- It will be shown live on BBC ONE and the BBC iPlayer.
- Coverage begins at midday.
What is the team news?
DRESSING ROOM VIEWS
A look inside the Blues dressing room ahead of today's curtain raiser for the 2020/21 season.
Kick off is around 40 minutes away.
And this is the Chelsea bench for today.
Remember each side is allowed to make up to five substitutions.
28 Telford, 3 Blundell, 2 Thorisdottir, 7 Carter, 24 Spence, 22 Cuthbert, 21 Charles, 17 Fleming, 9 England
CHELSEA STARTING XI
The Chelsea line-up is out, and this is the team Emma Hayes has selected for today's game.
31 Berger, 4 Bright, 5 Ingle, 8 Leupolz, 10 Ji, 11 Reiten, 14 Kirby, 16 Eriksson (C), 18 Mjelde, 20 Kerr, 25 Andersson.
Still no word on the Chelsea starting side, so here's the City bench.
1 Bardsley, 24 Benameur-Taieb, 5 Campbell, 7 Coombs, 11 Beckie, 16 Park, 18 White, 22 Mewis.
MAN CITY STARTING XI
Here's the starting line-up for City.
26 Roebuck, 3 Stokes, 4 Bonner, 6 Houghton (C), 8 Scott, 9 Kelly, 10 Stanway, 14 Morgan, 15 Hemp, 19 Weir, 24 Walsh.
CHELSEA IN TOWN
The Blues are in the building ahead of today's game.
England international Fran Kirby could feature today for Chelsea, who has not played since November 2019.
The forward has recovered after suffering from pericarditis, a rare illness that affects the heart.
Speaking before the game, Kirby said:
’I'm really happy, that’s the most important thing.
“I’m happy and I’m smiling now I’m back to myself and hopefully I can get back to myself on the pitch.
“I’ve had a good pre-season, I feel good, I feel fit and I’m excited to get going and see how I do.
“But ultimately to see how the team does because we have been working hard.
“First and foremost I want to stay on the pitch, being able to continue to train and be the best player that I can be.
“It’s been a tough few years for me personally with injuries and illness so I’m focusing on how I can be the best person around the team and how I can be the best player and version of myself.”
Welcome to our live blog of the Women’s Community Shield.
Chelsea take on Manchester City in the first Women’s Community Shield fixture to be played since 2008.
Chelsea were crowned Champions of the WSL by way of points per game, after the league was axed in May due to the Coronavirus crisis.
No fixtures have been played since February.
Manchester City come into the game as FA Cup winners, and were a point clear of Chelsea in the WSL before the league was halted, but had an inferior points per game.
Both teams will be allowed to make five substitutes today and during the upcoming season, after the WSL and Championship approved the decision for five subs, with concerns over player burn-outs and injuries.
Today’s women’s game precedes the men’s fixture between Arsenal and Liverpool, in the first ever double-header of women's and men's showpiece matches at Wembley.
Speaking before the game, Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said:
“To think that [the Women's Community Shield] hasn't been in place seems very strange, but to bring it back at a time when people least expect it?
“I think it's a great move by everybody.”
“If we have the competition on the men's side, we should have it on the women's side.”
Kick off is at 12.30pm and team news will follow shortly.
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