Arsenal don’t play their midweek league game until the following evening, so if the Blues do manage to overcome the Brummies, everything will depend on how Manchester City fare at home to Bristol City – a match which kicks off at the same time as Chelsea’s, 7pm.
City currently sit on top of the tree, but Chelsea have a game in hand.
It’s as well for the Blues that striker Beth England is in such a rich vein of form as new signing Sam Kerr is still away on international duty. In fact, the night after Chelsea play Birmingham she’ll be lining up for the Matildas as Australia face China in the Western Sydney Stadium, on the other side of the world.
England has been voted Player of the Month by football fans across the country, nudging ahead of fellow Blue Guro Reiten, Man City’s Ellen White, Lauren Hemp and Pauline Bremner, and the Toffees’ Chloe Kelly.
So far this season England has scored 17 goals for the club in all competitions, a feat that also earned her January’s WSL Player of the Month.
Tickets are still available for Wednesday evening’s 7pm match v Birmingham City at Kingsmeadow. Tickets are priced at £9 for adults and £1 for juniors (under-20) and seniors (over-65).