Chelsea Women travel to Switzerland to face Servette Chenois on Tuesday, and the visitors are aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the Women’s Champions League group stage.
In contrast to their opponents, Servette are still waiting for their first goal and points of the group stage, and will be aware that their task will not get any easier when Chelsea come to town.
Servette’s European adventure has been a tough one so far, with the side from Geneva losing their opening two group games.
After losing 3-0 at home to Juventus, they then suffered a demoralising away defeat in Germany.
Wolfsburg thrashed Servette 5-0 on matchday two, and with the champions of England visiting on Tuesday, Servette will be fearful of another drubbing.
The hosts can take confidence from the fact that they ended a run of three defeats in all competitions, when they swept aside St. Gallen in their last outing at the end of October.
Against St. Gallen, Laura Tufo opened the scoring and Natalia Padilla grabbed a brace in the second half, with the 3-0 victory helping Servette restore some confidence.
Chelsea fell at the final hurdle last season, after losing to Barcelona in the Champions League final and as a result, they are still searching for their first European title.
They have been in excellent form this season, and they head into Tuesday’s match unbeaten in their last nine competitive fixtures.
Emma Hayes will be pleased with her side’s efforts in Europe after they came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in the opening matchday against Wolfsburg, and they then earned an important victory away to Juventus.
Erin Cuthbert’s opener was cancelled out by Barbara Bonansea, but Chelsea clinched the 2-1 victory when Pernille Harder netted in the second half to win the contest.
The current Women’s Super League champions collected their fourth consecutive victory at the weekend, with Jessie Fleming’s goal proving to be enough to edge out Aston Villa, and Chelsea will aim to continue that winning run on Tuesday.
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We say: Servette Chenois 0-5 Chelsea Women
Unfortunately for Servette, they have been drawn into a group with three excellent teams, who all have ambitions of going deep into the competition, and they face another daunting challenge on Tuesday.
Hayes and her side know that a maximum of six points is required from their back-to-back meetings with Servette, and we expect Chelsea to dispatch their Swiss opponents with ease