CAN AWAYDAY FORM DE­CIDE IT FOR BLUES?

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Paul Ed­di­son

A SEA­SON on from do­ing the dou­ble, Chelsea find them­selves in must-win ter­ri­tory if they are to deny Manchester City the WSL 1 ti­tle to­day, but Beth Eng­land in­sists the Blues should not be counted out. Given their away form, it’s easy to see why Chelsea are con­fi­dent. With 18 points from a pos­si­ble 18 and 20 goals scored to just two con­ceded, it is on their trav­els where the Blues have been at their best. How­ever, a trip to Manchester City is an­other chal­lenge en­tirely. The league lead­ers have dropped points in only two games – two draws against Liver­pool – and con­ceded just three goals in the league. Cru­cially, if they avoid de­feat they will be crowned cham­pi­ons for the first time. Lose and they need to beat Birm­ing­ham City in the fi­nal round of fix­tures to deny Chelsea the chance of snatch­ing the ti­tle, and Eng­land has not given up hope of do­ing just that. “The prepa­ra­tion has been build­ing for this game and we know just how big it is,” ex­plained the 22-year-old at­tack­ing mid­fielder. “It’s go­ing to be the big­gest game of the sea­son and we know what a great team they are. “But we re­ally want to keep the ti­tle race alive and keep the pres­sure on. There is also the Cham­pi­ons League to fight for. “We want to make sure we’re play­ing in it next year, so we know we have to per­form. I’m in my first sea­son here, but I know how im­por­tant this game is.” Eng­land ar­rived at Chelsea this sea­son from Don­caster Rovers Belles and, while she ad­mits to miss­ing her na­tive York­shire, it has been a smooth tran­si­tion. With 15 ap­pear­ances so far, she’s es­tab­lished her­self as a valu­able squad player, even in a very strong Chelsea set-up. The young­ster is also part of the Eng­land Next Gen squad, named last month, and is dream­ing even big­ger for next sea­son. She added: “It’s been mas­sively dif­fer­ent com­ing down here. I went from train­ing for two days to five or six ses­sions a week, as well as the gym. “I’m ab­so­lutely lov­ing it and it’s a great set-up. I just want to give back to the club now for all they’ve done for me. “It takes a bit of adapt­ing com­ing down here, but I’m re­ally set­tling in. It’s tough be­ing away from home as I’m quite a fam­ily per­son. But ev­ery­one back home un­der­stands that it’s a long way to go. “It’s gone re­ally well so far here and I’ve played a lot of games. Next sea­son, I’d like to be play­ing even more in the start­ing XI. “I’ve also been in­volved in the Next Gen team and I’ve had the chance to train with the full Eng­land squad while I was there. “That’s where be­ing at Chelsea re­ally helps. At first, it’s a bit daunt­ing, but then I re­alised I train with half of them al­ready and they calm you down a bit.”

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