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Women's FA Cup final: Everything you need to know as Chelsea play Manchester City at Wembley

Emma Hayes and Gareth Taylor
Emma Hayes’ Blues are going for the league and cup double; Gareth Taylor’s City came out on top when the sides met in the Continental League Cup final this season
FA Cup final: Chelsea v Manchester City
Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Sunday 15 May Kick-off: 14:30 BST
Coverage: Watch on BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app. Listen to commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and follow text updates on the BBC Sport website

Will it be Chelsea or Manchester City who are crowned Women’s FA Cup winners when the two sides face each other at Wembley Stadium on Sunday?

Holders and three-time winners Chelsea are going for the double, having lifted the Women’s Super League title last Sunday.

Manchester City are also aiming for their fourth FA Cup triumph and second piece of silverware this year after their thrilling 3-1 Continental League Cup final victory over Chelsea in March.

The past five finals have been won by Chelsea or City, but it will be the first time the teams have met in the showpiece event, which will be shown live on BBC One.

For the first time, the men’s and women’s finals will be played across the same weekend, with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea taking on Liverpool the day before.

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New crowd record?

The current record for a Women’s FA Cup final stands at 45,423, which was set when Chelsea beat Arsenal at Wembley in 2018.

A record attendance looks on the cards, with the FA announcing on 11 May that more than 50,000 tickets had already been sold.external-link

The FA had been optimistic of breaking that record in December for the final delayed from the previous season, but after issuing more than 45,000 tickets for the match the attendance on the day at Wembley was 40,942.

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Double-double for dominant Chelsea?

Chelsea are aiming to lift the trophy for a second consecutive season, after they beat Arsenal in the final for last year’s competition.

Victory five months ago handed the Blues their first domestic treble, joining the WSL title and League Cup they had won in 2020-21 to wrap up a dominant campaign.

Should Emma Hayes’s side triumph this season, they will have won five of the past six domestic trophies on offer.

In this league campaign they beat City 1-0 at home in February and 4-0 away last November, although that latter match took place when Gareth Taylor’s team was plagued with injuries.

Chelsea have been sensational in the WSL this campaign, winning 18 of their 22 fixtures, including their past nine in the top flight.

In-form City aiming for number four

Since losing 1-0 to Chelsea in February, City have won 13 straight games in all competitions – a run that includes March’s League Cup final win over Sunday’s opponents.

In the league they claimed the final Champions League spot, finishing third, above Manchester United, despite a torrid start to the season.

Last November, after a 4-0 defeat by Chelsea, City sat in ninth place, a distant 12 points off the top.

It has been a remarkable turnaround and now the the three-time-FA-Cup-winners can move one clear of opponents Chelsea in the record books if they secure a fourth title.

The North West outfit have won three of the past five FA Cups and have never lost an FA Cup final.

Unstoppable in attack and immoveable in defence

Chelsea’s route to Wembley saw them edge past Aston Villa and thrash Birmingham City and Leicester City, before a feisty last-four encounter with Arsenal was settled thanks to goals by Guro Reiten and Ji So-yun.

Despite facing WSL opposition at every stage of this year’s tournament, they have conceded only one goal and scored 17 across their four ties.

Gareth Taylor’s City team have also been dominant in the cup this season. They beat third-tier Nottingham Forest 8-0, embarrassed rivals Manchester United 4-1 and defeated Everton 4-0 in their first three rounds.

The 4-1 semi-final win over West Ham United was emotional for City, with forward Chloe Kelly scoring her first goal since returning from a serious knee injury.

City last lifted the FA Cup in November 2020 thanks to late extra-time goals from Georgia Stanway and Janine Beckie against Everton in a behind-closed-doors tie.

Route to FA Cup final
Stage Chelsea Manchester City
Fourth round 3-1 v Aston Villa (a) 8-0 v Nottingham Forest (a)
Fifth round 7-0 v Leicester (h) 4-1 v Manchester United (a)
Quarter-finals 5-0 v Birmingham (h) 4-0 v Everton (h)
Semi-finals 2-0 v Arsenal (a) 4-1 v West Ham (a)

FA Cup final coverage on BBC

Live BBC One coverage of Sunday’s tie between Chelsea and Manchester City starts at 13:50 BST, with kick-off at 14:30.

Gabby Logan will present coverage from Wembley and is joined by three former winners of the competition – Alex Scott, Fara Williams and Izzy Christiansen.

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will have full commentary of the final. Former England defender Laura Bassett, who won the Cup with Birmingham, will join Vicki Sparks.

The BBC Sport website will also show live TV coverage, alongside text updates.

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