Continental Cup Final: Date, time, squad news, how to watch and everything to know

Manchester City and Chelsea will take to the pitch to fight for the Continental Cup this weekend.

Having thrashed Bristol 6-0 in last year’s final, Chelsea go into the match as the Continental Cup defending champions. In fact, the Blues are seeking a third successive title.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are already three-time winners, but last lifted the trophy in 2019.

GiveMeSport Women runs through everything you need to know about the battle between two Continental Cup heavyweights.

When is the Continental Cup Final?

The Continental Cup Final is scheduled to take place on Saturday (March 5th). Kick-off is scheduled for 5:15pm.

Where is the Continental Cup Final?

The Continental Cup Final will be held at Plough Lane, home to League One side AFC Wimbledon.

With a capacity of 9,215, Plough Lane could welcome a record crowd for a Continental Cup Final.

Squad news

Manchester City could have a number of high-profile absentees from Saturday’s match. Captain Steph Houghton will be unavailable after undergoing surgery on her Achilles this week.

Laura Coombs and Ruby Mace missed Sunday’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester United due to respective knee and ankle injuries, while Vicky Losada was substituted at half-time with a knee injury.

Karen Bardsley, Esme Morgan and Chloe Kelly remain long-term absentees.

Chelsea are yet to confirm who will be absent from this weekend’s game, but Magdalena Eriksson, Maren Mjelde, Melanie Leupolz and Erin Cuthbert were all ruled out of the team’s midweek FA Cup fixture against Leicester City.

How to watch the Continental Cup Final

The Continental Cup Final is available to watch live on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer in the UK.

Tickets for the match are still available to buy at the AFC Wimbledon website.

History of the Continental Cup

The Continental Cup, otherwise known as the FA Women’s League Cup, was founded in 2011.

The competition was initially only open to teams in the Women’s Super League, but was expanded to include clubs in the Championship in 2014. Subsequently, the tournament is contested by 24 sides.

Only Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have won the Continental Cup. The Gunners have won the most titles, triumphing in five out of the eight finals they have played in.

Manchester City, who lifted the trophy in 2014, 2016 and 2019, will compete in the fifth Continental Cup Final in their eight-year history.

The current attendance record for the Continental Cup Final is 6,743, set in 2020 when Chelsea beat Arsenal at the City Ground in Nottingham.

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