Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says 'we have a great chance of winning against Arsenal'

Hayes says 'it's the fans that make the difference' when playing at home (PA Images)
10:34am, Fri 11 Oct 2019
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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says her side have a "great chance of winning" against Arsenal this weekend in the Women's Super League.

The Blues have won two games and drawn one in the opening stages of the league and will be looking to halt Arsenal's unbeaten streak on Sunday.

Hayes said: "We’ve got our own strengths, we’ve got to play like a collective unit going forward and defensively and we have a great chance of winning the game if we do those things."

The pressure is on for Chelsea as the last time Arsenal visited Kings Meadow the defending champions crushed The Blues 5-0. Both teams will have players returning from international duty following England's friendlies.

Hayes says that she isn't preparing any differently but will assess returning players. One such player is Chelsea's Beth England who scored her first international goal against Portugal.

Hayes said: "Although it’s a derby game we don’t prepare anything differently, we’ll have to assess how everybody is because they are all coming back from all over the place because of international camps. 

"But it’s an opportunity for us to assert ourselves at home, that’s important in front of our fans."

Hayes added: "The difference our home fans make in terms of influencing the team is by the noise they make. Last season the fans showed why they are the best in the country and if we’re going to progress again this year that noise has to increase because you have to make home advantage count.

"Home advantage doesn’t just mean playing on your own grass and being in your own dressing room, it’s the fans that make the difference in the performance."

The match will be being broadcast on BT Sport 1 from 2.45 pm.