Matildas Abroad: Conti Cup Preview

Cup action continues in England with the turn of the League Cup to come to the fore.

It is called the Conti Cup and contested with a group stage starting tomorrow night. Let’s check who the Westfield Matildas players might face.  

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Group B 

Tottenham vs London City  

Spurs have been handed a tough group in the Conti Cup. Tottenham has been paired with FA Womens Super League powerhouses Arsenal and Chelsea with their first opponent London City Lionesses rounded out the group. Those two face off 1:30am AEDT Thursday morning. 

Alanna Kennedy has settled into her work in the Spurs backline. It has been a tough last month for Tottenham with losses to Everton and Manchester City in the league alongside a derby defeat in the FA Cup meaning that success in the League Cup might be their best chance this season.  

Chelsea FC vs Arsenal FC 

The other contest in Group A brings together two Womens Super League contenders and the contest which features the most Westfield Matildas with three to possibly to feature in this clash 5am AEDT Thursday morning. Both sides will be keen to take bragging rights early in the group stages.  

Chelsea FC have had a quiet start to their season thus far. Sam Kerr has featured a heavily for the blues despite some big signings for the team. Kerr has netted twice in her three appearances and look to get one over a pair of her team mates.  

It has been a gun start to the season for Arsenal FC. Sitting at the top of Womens Super League, undefeated, the only blight for them is their exit in the FA Cup to Manchester City. Both Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley have featured prominently in Aussie coach Joe Montemurro’s plans and should keep up their hot start to the season.  

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Group C 

Everton FC vs Manchester City FC 

Everton has been enjoyed a fruitful start to the new campaign. The Toffees share the lead of the Womens Super League competition with fellow undefeated Arsenal FC.

Everton has shown they are primed for cup competitions knocking out Chelsea of the FA Cup. Hayley Raso has been a feature in the midfield and her side can claim another big scalp against City starting at 5am AEDT Thursday morning.   

Group D

Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United 

In one of the more open groups which features two Championship clubs. West Ham United will fancy their chances and open their campaign against fellow Womens Super League side Brighton & Hove Albion 5:30am AEDT on Thursday morning.  

Custodian Mackenzie Arnold has been between the sticks for all three of West Ham’s Women Super League games while Emily van Egmond has played 170 minutes for the Hammers as they spy a second win this season.  

Group F  

Bristol City vs London Bees 

Finishing off our previews, we have Group F. Bristol City take on Championship side London Bees in their opening contest at 5:30am AEDT Thursday morning.

The clash is between the two sides at the bottom of their respective tables and the Conti Cup can give them some relief. Chloe Logarzo and Ella Mastrantonio should both feature for the home side to get their group campaign off to a good start. 

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