Kerr's Chelsea close on title; Foord brace for Arsenal
Sam Kerr's Chelsea have crushed West Ham United 4-0 to go top of the Women's Super League table and take control of the title race with two matches left.
And fellow Australian star Caitlin Foord scored twice for Arsenal in a 4-1 win over Everton on Wednesday while making her full return from a hamstring injury that's sidelined her over the last month.
Chelsea can be crowned champions for a fourth straight season on Sunday if they beat Arsenal and Manchester United fail to defeat fourth-placed Manchester City.
Prolific Matildas striker Kerr played 81 minutes but did not score as Chelsea dominated their match at Chigwell Construction Stadium with 73 per cent of possession.
Defender Niamh Charles broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, rifling home from close range to round off an excellent passing move, and Danish forward Pernille Harder fired home three minutes after the break for her fifth goal in three games.
Sophie Ingle headed the third just after the hour mark and Scotland international Erin Cuthbert lashed home the fourth in stoppage time to send Chelsea top.
With all 12 teams having played 20 games in the 22-match season, Chelsea top the standings on 52 points, two points ahead of Manchester United and five clear of Arsenal, who hammered Everton 4-1 earlier in the evening.
Foord scored in the 29th and 39th minutes for Arsenal in a show of form after injury that will hearten the Matildas ahead of the Women's World Cup later this year.
At the bottom of the table, Reading occupy the relegation spot on 11 points, two behind Leicester City and three adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who they meet on Saturday before their final game against Chelsea.