Women’s FA Cup Final 2019 – Who, what, when and where?
Overview of the 2019 Women’s FA Cup Final
After eleven rounds in total, we’re down to the last two in this year’s edition of the Women’s FA Cup.
The 2018 competition saw Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-1 in the showpiece event, thanks to two goals from Ramona Bachmann and one from Fran Kirby, cancelling out Vivianne Miedema’s effort for the Gunners.
It could be a cracking cup tie and we’ve got all the info you need to know ahead of kick-off…
Who’s in the 2019 Women’s FA Cup Final?
2017 champions Manchester City booked their spot in the final after seeing off reigning champions Chelsea in the semi’s thanks to Magdalena Eriksson’s freak 92nd-minute own goal.
Their opponents will be West Ham United, who have defied the odds to reach their first FA Cup final in their first season as a professional women’s outfit. They came from behind to beat Reading 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Where will it be played?
For the fifth consecutive season, the Women’s FA Cup Final will be played at Wembley Stadium.
Last year’s final between Arsenal and Chelsea set a new record with 45,423 fans watching the action.
Prior to the move to Wembley, the final had been contested in a number of different stadia over the years, most recently Stadium:MK in the 2014 final between Arsenal and Everton.
Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium and Bristol City’s Ashton Gate had also previously hosted the event.
When is it?
This year’s final will be held on Saturday 4th May, with the game kicking off at 5:30pm on BBC One.
West Ham United had attempted to get their men’s Premier League match with Southampton moved to an earlier kick-off to allow their fans to make it to both matches on the same day. However, the Premier League refused to change their 3:00pm kick-off citing logistical constraints.
In a statement, West Ham said “To give supporters the chance to attend both that game and West Ham United’s women’s FA Cup final fixture, the club had requested for the clash with the Saints to be brought forward to 12:30pm. Despite the club’s very best efforts, it was decided by the Premier League that it wouldn’t be possible.”
Who are the favourites?
With experience on their side, Manchester City come into the FA Cup final as the favourites to pick up the trophy at 1/5. They’ve also gone unbeaten through their 19 league games this season.
West Ham United do have some experienced players in their ranks, and have done well to reach the final. But they’re massive underdogs in this one, though in a one-off game under the Wembley arch, they could pull it out the bag. They’re 11/1 to nab the silverware.
Who to look out for?
Despite Arsenal’s dominance in the league this season, Manchester City’s Nikita Parris has been one of the standout stars putting up some impressive numbers.
The 25-year-old has scored 19 league goals this season, including goals in both previous meetings with the Hammers this season. Those games ended 7-1 at home and 3-1 away. Parris’ record in the FA Cup this season is decent too, bagging two in four appearances.
Georgia Stanway has also had a breakout year for the Manchester club too, scoring 11 times in 17 league appearances, and matching Parris’ two in four FA Cup matches goal record.
Since becoming a full-time professional club, West Ham have brought in some know-how to shore up their squad. The experienced heads include Gilly Flaherty, Claire Rafferty and Jane Ross.
Ross grabbed the only goal of their quarter-final fixture against Aston Villa to send West Ham through to the last four.
Their most exciting player is Swiss forward Alisha Lehmann. The 20-year-old grabbed the goal to draw the Irons level in their semi-final fixture against Reading.
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