Defending holders Chelsea will host Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Women’s Continental Tires League Cup, while Manchester City will be at home to Tottenham Hotspur as four of the top five teams in the Women’s Super League fight for the first piece major silverware. available this season.
Thursday’s draw increased the likelihood of a first-ever meeting in a major domestic final between perennial semi-final opponents Chelsea and Manchester City, who have faced each other eight times in the last four FA Cup stages or of the League Cup. since 2014 but have never met in the final. Between them they have won 17 of the last 21 major accolades available in England, dominating the silverware in the professional era of women’s football without a head-to-head clash in a final that many neutrals have dreamed of.
However, Tottenham and Manchester United will have other ideas, with the in-form north London club having reached the last four of a major cup competition for the first time in their history. Manchester United are also trying to reach their first major final, having only been promoted to the top flight – like Tottenham – in 2019.
Rehanne Skinner’s Tottenham beat Championship Liverpool 1-0 to reach the semi-finals, while Manchester United won by the same scoreline away to league leaders Arsenal on Wednesday. Chelsea won 4-2 at West Ham United, while Manchester City fought back with a goal to beat last season’s battered finalists Bristol City 3-1.
Drawn to play at home – with a neutral venue not used ahead of the final – Chelsea and Manchester City will be favourites. The two one-sided semi-finals will be played on February 2 or 3, before the final at AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday March 5, the kick-off time of which was confirmed at 5.15pm on Thursday. The final will be broadcast live on BBC Two.