FA Tesco Women's Premier League
2pm, Sunday 1 March 2009
America-bound England striker Eniola Aluko is determined to end her Chelsea career on a high note as Blues look to destroy Everton’s 100 per cent record when they visit Merseyside for a crucial FA Women’s Premier League encounter on Sunday.
Victory for the second in the table Toffees, who won 4-0 when the teams met at Chelsea in October, would take them to within three points of leaders Arsenal and all but end any remaining hopes that Blues may have of winning The League.
But Aluko, who is set to join St Louis Athletica of the USA’s new Women’s Professional Soccer league, reckons the Londoners will still have an outside chance of taking the title for the first time if they can produce a surprise victory.
The former Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic striker said: "I joined Chelsea last season because I thought they had the potential to win trophies and I still believe they will do that with the plans the club have in place.
"We are into the Semi-Final of The FA Cup so there’s obviously the chance to pick up that trophy this season, and if we win at Everton on Sunday that will keep us in contention for The League title and have Arsenal looking over their shoulders.
"It’s obviously going to be a very tough game, but I’m really pleased that my last Chelsea game is an important one against one of the best teams in the country – and I’ll be going up to Merseyside believing we can win it."
If Chelsea do indeed win the match they will close the gap on the Toffees to four points, though they have played a game more than their opponents. Elsewhere in the League on Sunday the interest will be at the bottom rather than the top of the table.
The other games being played involve each of the three lowest-placed clubs, with rock-bottom Fulham – still looking for their first League win of the season – visiting a Watford team who themselves have won only once in their last seven League and Cup outings.
Second from bottom Nottingham Forest will be aiming to beat Bristol Academy and so collect a second successive victory after winning last week at third from bottom Liverpool – who entertain a Leeds Carnegie side chasing a third straight League win