Matildas Abroad Preview: Aussies compete in Conti Cup final

The trio of CommBank Matildas at Arsenal will be playing for a title on the weekend as they take on Chelsea in the Conti Cup final.

Read our preview of all of the Matildas Abroad action below.

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League Cup

The Conti Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will take place on Monday, 1am AEDT. Arsenal are the current holders of the title, and this is a rematch of last season’s final. Sam Kerr scored in the final last year but is ruled out this time due to ongoing injury. Arsenal’s Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross will be hoping to lift silverware for the Gunners.

Arsenal s Steph Catley (left) and Arsenal s Caitlin Foord (right) during the Arsenal Women FC v West Ham United Women FC Women s Super League match at Meadow Park Stadium
Arsenal's Steph Catley & Caitlin Foord during the Arsenal Women FC v West Ham United Women FC Women's Super League match at Meadow Park Stadium. (Photo: IMAGO / Every Second Media)


Leicester City will travel to take on Aston Villa on Saturday, 11.30pm AEDT. Both teams are sitting lower midtable and will be motivated to push themselves comfortably towards the middle of the pack before the end of the season. Remy Siemsen is expected to be available from the bench for the Foxes, while Courtney Nevin has been ruled out with a hip injury.

At the same time on Saturday, 11.30pm AEDT, Liverpool take on Manchester City. A win for City will see them head into the international break top of the table – albeit Chelsea will have a game in hand – while Liverpool will be motivated to keep their place in the top four. Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy both started last week and are expected to be available again this weekend. Meanwhile, Teagan Micah will be available for Liverpool.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United, ManU - Adobe Women s FA Cup - Quarter Final - Broadfield Stadium Manchester City s Mary Fowler (right) celebrates scoring their side s second goal of the game during the Adobe Women s FA Cup quarter-final match at Broadfield Stadium, Brighton and Hove.

Manchester United will hope to bounce back after last week’s derby loss against Everton on Sunday, 10pm AEDT. Depending on Liverpool’s result on Saturday night, a win could see them jump back into fourth place on the table. Clare Wheeler will be in the thick of things for Everton as they look to push themselves away from any danger of being pulled into a late relegation battle.

The final WSL match of the round is between West Ham and Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday, 1am AEDT. The Hammers are still only six points away from the foot of the table and will be keeping an eye over their shoulder on Bristol City. Mackenzie Arnold will be available for West Ham, while Katrina Gorry has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Charlie Rule remains unavailable for Brighton.

You can watch the WSL on Optus Sport.


Paris FC take on Montpellier on Saturday, 7am AEDT. They are 10 points clear of fourth-place Reims and will hope for a win to maintain their slim hopes of catching PSG in second. Sarah Hunter will be hoping to make an appearance from the bench.

PSG host Dijon on Sunday, 11.30pm AEDT. Similarly to Paris FC below them, three points for PSG will help maintain the pressure on Lyon in first place. Clare Hunt has been ruled out through injury.

Lyon play Le Havre on Monday, 6am AEDT. A win to maintain their almost perfect record – they have played 18 games, drawn one, and won 17 – will put them one step closer to the title. Ellie Carpenter is expected to be available.


The semi-finals of the Sweden Cup will take place this weekend.

BK Häcken will take on Hammarby on Monday, 3am AEDT. They will be full of confidence in the cup after smashing Kristianstads last week, but it is a tight turnaround from their second-leg UEFA Women’s Champions League fixture against PSG. Aivi Luik was rested last week but will be available for the semi-final if required.

United States

San Diego Wave takes on Seattle Reign on Saturday, 1pm AEDT. They will be hoping to bounce back immediately in front of home fans after a disappointing loss last week. Emily van Egmond will be expecting to start, while Kaitlyn Torpey is in line for more minutes after making her NWSL regular season debut off the bench last week.

You can catch the NWSL on Optus Sport.


Real Madrid travel to play Villarreal on Sunday, 5am AEDT. The title is almost out of sight – Barcelona remain irrepressible – but they will be hoping to continue winning in order to secure second place and grow towards next season. Hayley Raso has been regularly playing 30 minutes or so and will be available this weekend.


Winonah Heatley's Nordsjaelland takes on Brøndby on Sunday, 12am AEDT in a top-of-the-table clash. A win would see the 22-year-old's side go into the international break on top of the table. The defender will be available for the match.