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Stephan Shemilt

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    And that is that. Football - 22 people kick a ball about for 90 minutes and in the end, Chelsea didn't win.

    Liverpool did and they are the Women's Super League champions. Goodbye.

  2. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Imy Hussain: Congratulations, Liverpool!

    Tom Young: Woohoo! Well done Liverpool! Excellent result!

    Chuks Okoro: With more nerve-wracking ends to the season, the WSL should be televised more.

  3. Live now

    Can you take any more? Will Estonia v England provide the same drama as the conclusion of the WSL? We're live now to find out.

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "Chelsea must be so disappointed. I'm looking at the girls now and they are distraught, heads in hands. The championship was in their hands. Was the pressure a bit too much? Maybe so, because a lot of the players haven't been this situation before.

    "An extraordinary end top the season, and that's fantastic, because for those of us who love women's football know this is exactly what we wanted. Liverpool have got better and better through the season as various injured players have come back, going about their business quietly and winning their games.

    "It's a massive shock that the top two teams in the league both failed to get a win on the final day of the campaign. Extraordinary."

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    Liverpool manager Matt Beard: "I'm over the moon. The players deserve so much credit. They have dug deep.

    "Our second-half performance, we dominated to get three goals. The other scores put pressure on us."

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    That motorbike can continue of its way to Widnes, where the champagne corks are popping. In Manchester, Chelsea are inconsolable.

  7. Liverpool win the Women's Super League

    What an amazing afternoon. From third place, Liverpool have retained the WSL, beating Bristol Academy and then watching other results go their way. Tears of joy in Widnes, tears of sadness in Manchester and Solihull. Both Chelsea and Birmingham had it in their own hands, but they could not grasp the title.


    Birmingham 2-2 Notts County

    All over. Birmingham have failed to beat Notts County. Unbelievably, Liverpool are the Women's Super League Champions.


    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea's dream is over. The WSL has slipped away. Then there were two...

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Great save by Rachel Brooks! The teenager denies Yuki Ogimi's diving header. In Solihull, Notts County's Carly Telford continues to be a wall stopping Birmimgham.

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "The way this game's gone I still think there might be one more chance left..."

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    ...Rachel Williams heads over. Two teams in Blue search for a goal, with Notts County goalkeeper Carly Telford pulling off a brilliant save to deny Birmingham. Has that won the league for Liverpool?


    Liverpool 3-0 Bristol Academy

    All done in Widnes, Liverpool can do no more. Four minutes of stoppage time for Birmingham. Chelsea corner coming up...

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    Birmingham 2-2 Notts County

    No news from Solihull. Birmingham need only one goal, but their chance of the title is slipping away. Three minutes of time added in Manchester. Three minutes for Chelsea to win the WSL.

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    Liverpool 3-0 Bristol Academy

    Stoppage time in Widnes, Liverpool almost home. It looks like they will finish first, then they must wait.

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Groenen again! Finding space from Eni Aluko's cross. The Dutchwoman falls over her own feet when the goal is at her mercy, asking for a penalty. There's nothing it that.

  17. FIVE TO GO

    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Five to go in Manchester, the home fans getting noisy. Chelsea corner on the left, falling to Jackie Groenen, blazed over. How many more chances will Chelsea get?

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    I wonder how far that motorbike has got to Widnes? Imagine how angry the driver will be if Chelsea score. "I'm past Warrington!"

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    Ric Bixter: This is amazing! Liverpool leading, but a goal in either of other matches changes everything. 10 minutes left!

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea pressing, Manchester City scrambling. Ball pumped into the area, cleared. Anywhere will do. Hannah Blundell with the strike, miles wide.

  21. TEN TO GO

    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    What more can happen? We've seen the lot, but it still remains Liverpool's title. A goal in either Manchester or Solihull will change that, though. Manchester City's Toni Duggan is back up after requiring treatment, almost getting through on goal.

    Chelsea have 10 minutes to win the league.

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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "This game is all Chelsea - they're dominating. And now Manchester City are down to 10, it's all in Chelsea's hands."

  23. RED CARD

    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea - Abbie McManus (Man City)

    You can't do that. Manchester City's Abbie McManus completely loses the plot, throwing an elbow into the face of Yuki Ogimi. At first, it's a mystery as to why the red card is shown, but replays show that is was the correct decision. City are down to 10 and Chelsea's title bid is boosted further. Madness.

    Abbie McManus
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    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea

    All of a sudden, Chelsea are buzzing, the dark blue all over the sky of City. Another corner only needs a touch to provide the equaliser, but it goes begging. Eni Aluko is running at the defence, trying to provide the spark. You feel this game has more goals in it.

    Eni Aluko is running at the defence
  25. GOAL

    Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea - Gilly Flaherty

    Game on! Gilly Flaherty's bullet header gives Chelsea a glimmer of hope. With 20 minutes to go, one more goal for Chelsea will return them to the top of the WSL. Birmingham are in the same position, while Liverpool are the team that is top of the lot. What an amazing finish to the season.

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "Chelsea train maximum three times a week, whereas Manchester City are full-time. And you can see that clearly whenever City get on the ball, with the precision of their passing and the quality of their movement. I'd love to see a time when all WSL teams go professional - that'll improve the standard even more."

  27. GOAL

    Liverpool 3-0 Bristol Academy - Fara Williams

    Liverpool can do no more. Fara Williams does the business from the penalty spot after Natasha Dowie was fouled by Jemma Rose. They had to win their game and that is what they are doing. It seems that only Birmingham can stop them now.

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    Ah, I have an answer. There are two versions of the trophy, one in the Midlands and one in the North West. That version is currently on the back of a motorbike, heading from Manchester to Widnes.

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    Now then, the question on everyone's lips. Where is the trophy? Is there three different versions? Is it in a helicopter?

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "Manchester City's game plan seems just right at this moment in time. They keep hitting Chelsea on the counter-attack with all their quick players. The problem for Chelsea now is they have to go for it, but they're leaving massive gaps at the back. And Man City are finding all those spaces."

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    Brynley in Molesey: Real shame that Chelsea are down by two. I thought this would be Chelsea's men and women's year but clearly that isn't going to happen...

    Sulaiman from London: Matt Beard, the Liverpool coach, clearly told his players not to let this chance slip in the half-time team talk. Let's see if they can hold their nerve and show the men how it's done.

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    Half an hour to go in the WSL season. Chelsea need to find two goals, Birmingham one. Liverpool need everything to stay as it is.

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    It just doesn't look to be happening for Chelsea. If anything, Manchester City look more likely to add to their tally. As it stands, Liverpool and Chelsea have 26 points, with Liverpool's goal difference two better. Birmingham have 25 points, with a goal difference the same as Chelsea's.

    Hannah Blundell of Chelsea Ladies battles with Krystle Johnston of Manchester City Women
  34. GOAL

    Liverpool 2-0 Bristol Academy - Lucy Bronze

    The outsiders are pulling away. Liverpool are 2-0 up on Bristol Academy, a great run down the right from Lucy Bronze somehow ending with the ball in the back of the net. Liverpool are top, Birmingham need only a winner to take their place and Chelsea look to be toast.

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    Andy in Worcester: Great to see such an exciting end to the season - without their injuries Notts County would have been challenging. Watch them go next year!

  36. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-0 Bristol Academy - Natasha Dowie

    Now then, is this the goal that will take the title to Liverpool? The defending champions are ahead against Bristol, Natasha Dowie rolling the ball into an empty net to finally put the Reds ahead. As it stands, Liverpool are top of the WSL. Chelsea have to find something against Manchester City.

  37. GOAL

    Birmingham 2-2 Notts County - Hannah Keryakoplis

    Hannah Keryakoplis scores Birmingham's second, as the ball ricochets to her and she places her effort past Carly Telford. The Blues are back on level terms and, with Chelsea losing, a winner would hand them the title.

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "I think manager Emma Hayes probably told Chelsea exactly what she thought of them at half-time. They were out very early for this second half - that's a sign of intent. It will be interesting to see how Chelsea start this half."

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    Replays of that penalty appeal show that the ball did bounce up to hit the hand of Emma Lipman, but there's not much the City player could have done. Chelsea have been camped in the City half, but are almost caught by a Toni Duggan counter.

    Toni Duggan
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    Mohammad Rizwan: Wow, I thought there was no club football today. Thanks, ladies!

    Milly McEvoy: I really want to see Liverpool Ladies show the men how it is done and win.

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea starting well in the sunshine, pressing from a free-kick. Ball pumped into the City area, confusion, appeals for handball. Nothing doing.

  42. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool have kicked off, Birmingham are out from the tunnel and Manchester City have got us back under way in the shadow of the Etihad. We're 45 minutes away from crowning the WSL champions.

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    Amanda O'Shaughnessy: This WSL final day is incredible! Living in Canada and with no Premier League on today I wish they would put this on TV. GO LFC.

    Toni Duggan
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    Just looking at some of the replays from that Birmingham- Notts County game, there are bouncy castles behind the goal in Solihull. They should be mandatory at every football ground, whatever gender. Who do I have to speak to for this to be done? Greg Dyke? Get him on the blower.

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    Are you managing to keep up with all of this? Has that first half changed your opinion of where the WSL title will reside in an hour or so? Chelsea? Birmingham? Liverpool? Text, tweet, or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Estonia v England (17:00 BST)

    Roy Hodgson and Raheem Sterling

    Once these matches are wrapped up, we'll be bringing you full coverage of England's men as they take on Estonia in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Interestingly, we're hearing reports of England manager Roy Hodgson having a long chat with Raheem Sterling on the Tallinn pitch. Wonder if he will be tempted to rest the Liverpool attacker?

    Live coverage of that one from 16:00 BST.

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "I've been really impressed with Manchester City's workrate. The wide players are running back, doubling-up, and making it difficult for Chelsea to create anything out wide. Every player is giving 100%."


    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    What a first half. Somehow, Chelsea remain top of the WSL, but they have it all to do. Emma Hayes has to perform some magic at the break to get the title back in Chelsea hands.


    Birmingham 1-2 Notts County

    The interval in Solihull. Birmingham, 2-1 down to Notts County and with a penalty wasted, are slipping out of the top two.

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    In all the hubbub, it's worth remembering that, as it stands, Chelsea remain top of the table. Other results are going their way. However, surely the final day can't pass with all of the top three failing to win? They are in added time at the end of the first half in Manchester.


    Liverpool 0-0 Bristol Academy

    Half-time in Widnes, Liverpool only one goal from the title. As they sit in the dressing room, they will get all the info of what is happening around the country and will return knowing they have a great chance to snatch the trophy.


    Birmingham 1-2 Notts County

    Unbelievable. Karen Carney's low penalty is brilliantly saved low down by Carly Telford, who was then up to stop the rebound. In Widnes, Liverpool have hit the bar. Silly amounts of action.


    Birmingham 1-2 Notts County

    Can anything else happen? Birmingham have a penalty after a Notts County handball...

  54. GOAL

    Birmingham 1-2 Notts County - Kirsty Linnett

    All happening. Birmingham are back in this title race thanks to Kirsty Linnet, who latches on to a loose back pass to cut the Notts County advantage. Birmingham can win the title with victory, Liverpool need only a goal against Bristol to take control. It's that close.

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    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "All I can say is, wow! What an amazing goal from Toni Duggan! She brought it down on her chest and the volley was instinctive. The keeper maybe could have saved the first goal but not that. Duggan demonstrating just why she's an international footballer."

  56. GOAL

    Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea - Toni Duggan

    What. A. Goal. Toni Duggan summons the spirit of Peter Crouch to hammer an absolute worldie. A slick move down the City right ends in Jill Scott squaring the ball to Duggan, who takes the ball on her chest, then swivels to volley right-footed into the far corner. Chelsea are 2-0 down and can see the title slipping away.

    Toni Duggan celebrates
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    Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

    Reporter Tony Leighton at Etihad Stadium: "Man City have doubtless angered Chelsea's title rivals by fielding a weakened team as they have one eye on their Continental Cup semi-final in four days' time, but that will swiftly be forgotten if they hold on to this lead.

    "Birmingham, meanwhile, could well be out of the title race before half-time. Not only are they 2-0 down they are also trying to score against the meanest defence in the league - Notts County have conceded just six goals in their 13 games to date."

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    Here's a reminder of how the table looked at the start of the day. At 2-0 down, Birmingham look to be blowing their chance at home to Notts County. An equaliser in Manchester would get Chelsea back in control.

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    Liverpool 0-0 Bristol Academy

    Still goalless in Widnes, but, as it stands, a two-goal win for Liverpool would see the defending champions retain their trophy. It's all getting a little tasty.

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    Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "Absolutely brilliant from Jill Scott. She scored an absolute screamer in the game last week, and she's done the same here. The shot just bounced awkwardly in front of the keeper, who will think she should have done better. But Manchester City deserve that - they've been building up in this game."

  61. GOAL

    Manchester City 1-0 Chelsea - Jill Scott

    Now then, is there a twist in this title race? Jill Scott has put the Manchester City cat amongst the Chelsea pigeons, rifling in a bouncing effort from 25 yards. At the near post, Chelsea sub goalkeeper Clare Farrow probably should have done better, the ball bouncing below her dive. City lead and Liverpool have a sniff.

    Jill Scott challenges for the ball
  62. GOAL

    Birmingham 0-2 Notts County - Fiona O'Sullivan

    It's slipping away from Birmingham, both in terms of the WSL title and the second Champions League spot. Fiona O'Sullivan has put Notts County 2-0 up in Solihull. Right now, it looks to be between Chelsea and Liverpool for the silverware.

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    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    On the touchline, Chelsea boss Emma Hayes is asking the media for help with scores from the other fixtures. Birmingham remain 1-0 down to Notts County, while Liverpool and Bristol Academy are goalless. As it stands, Chelsea are champions.

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    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    Action at both ends. After City's Natasha Flint went the wrong side of the post with a lob over the on-rushing Clare Farrow, the home side were saved by a goal-line clearance from Abbie McManus. From Eniola Aluko's deep cross, a header back across goal from Rachel Williams was stopped on the whitewash.

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    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "They took their time over Hourihan. Quite rightly. She came a long way and fell heavily. But she won't have wanted to go off - this is such a big game. Straight into the ambulance is a bit of a worry."


    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    What a moment for Clare Farrow, who comes on to make her Chelsea debut in the most important match of the season. Farrow has 39 on her back, but no name. Marie Hourihan has gone straight to the ambulance at the side of the pitch. If this had happened at the other end, City do not have a goalkeeper on the bench.

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    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    Eeesssshhh. That's a serious collision between Manchester City's Georgia Brougham and Chelsea keeper Marie Hourihan. Hourihan has stayed down and is struggling with her right shoulder. The ball came in from a free-kick, Hourihan took off to catch it, but tangled with Brougham on the way down. The physio signals that she can't continue.

  68. GOAL

    Birmingham 0-1 Notts County - Aileen Whelan

    Already there's good news for Chelsea. Aileen Whelan has taken advantage of some sloppy marking at a corner to put Notts County in front against Birmingham. As it stands, a draw will be enough for the Londoners to be crowned champions.

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    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    Back-to-back corners for Chelsea, for whom manager Emma Hayes prowls the touchline, dressed in black. Hayes is the only female boss in the WSL. Nothing comes from the corners, but error-strewn City are still struggling to press.

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    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    "Manchester City have got new players in their side so Chelsea will want to get at them early on. If they can get crosses in to Rachel Williams then they will have a good chance of scoring."

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    Manchester City 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea press in the early stages, City struggling to get the ball of their own half. The home side, by the way, have 18-year-old Alex Brooks in goal for her first WSL game. Just a small one to begin...

  72. KICK-OFF

    In Widnes, Liverpool are away against Bristol Academy. In Manchester, City remain in their pre-match huddle. Birmingham are doing the same in the Midlands. Finally, all three of our big games are off.

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    We're actually a little tardy in Manchester. Will the other three games have players lining-up and shaking hands, our two teams are only just strolling across the athletics track. Warm applause as the players make their way between two white and sky blue flags. The Chemical Brothers pump out over the speakers. It's sunny, a warm end to a summer season.

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    Almost time for kick-off in gloriously sunny Manchester. Around the country, teams are emerging from the tunnels in this three-way scrap for the Super League title. In the shadow of the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea are about to take the field, 90 minutes from glory.

  75. Neil the Trotter

    Changing gear for a moment, we're being told that former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is close to being appointed the new manager of Bolton Wanderers.

    The Championship club parted company with Dougie Freedman earlier this month.

    Neil Lennon
  76. Line-ups

    Manchester City v Chelsea

    Manchester City: Brooks, McManus, Harding, Lipman, Brougham, Walsh, Scott, Christiansen, Johnson, Duggan, Flint. Subs: Hassett, Nightingale, Young, Kete.

    Chelsea: Hourihan, Blundell, Flaherty, Ogimi, Williams, Aluko, Ji, Borges, Chapman, Bassett, Spence. Subs: Buet, Wilhelmsson, Rafferty, Groenen, Coombs, Meiwald, Farrow.

  77. Line-ups

    Liverpool v Bristol Academy (14:00 BST)

    Liverpool: Stout, Frausing Pederson, Williams, Bonner, Bronze, Omarsdottir, Dowie, Davison, Rolser, Da Costa, Schroder. Subs: Gibbons, Harris, Longhurst, Easton, Zelem.

    Bristol Academy: Earps, Dykes, Yorston, Matthews, McCatty, Pablos Sanchon, Watts, Ingle, James, Rose, Harding. Subs: Del Rio, Brown, Georgia Evans, Bird.

  78. Line-ups

    Birmingham v Notts County (14:00 BST)

    Birmingham: Spencer, Weston, Mannion, Harrop, Carter, Potter, Allen, Carney, Stringer, Lawley, Linnett. Subs: Baggaley, Simpkins, Sargeant, Keryakoplis, Moore, Westwood, Torkildsen.

    Notts County: Telford, Hoyle, Jess Clarke, O'Sullivan, Scott, Corsie, Walton, Turner, Brogan, Whelan, O'Neil. Subs: Draycott, Susi, Plumptree, Roberts, Friend.

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    So, what's the situation? I'll keep this as brief as possible.

    Chelsea will be champions if they beat Manchester City. No ifs, no buts. They will also lift the trophy if Birmingham and Liverpool fail to win, while a Chelsea draw could be enough given that their goal difference is two better than Birmingham's.

    Birmingham have to beat Notts County and hope Chelsea slip up, with a Chelsea loss or draw enough to let City in, depending on goal difference.

    Liverpool, three points behind the leaders, require Chelsea to lose and Birmingham not to win if they are to have any chance of defending their title.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    And, while you're texting and tweeting, you may also want an audio accompaniment to this entertaining and informative live text commentary.

    Our colleagues at BBC Radio 5 live are at the Manchester City v Chelsea game, with Alistair Bruce-Ball and former England forward Sue Smith in position for that one.. Robyn Cowen is at Birmingham and Vicki Sparks is at Liverpool.

    You can listen to their coverage by clicking the audio speaker at the top of this page from 14:00 BST.

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    So what do you make of it all? Chelsea to stroll to the title? Or will they be usurped by Birmingham or Liverpool? Also, as I've mentioned Gary Lineker, it feels right to speak of the time that my girlfriend pinched his naan bread. Do let me know of your strange close encounters with footballers. Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbcfootball or get in touch via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Sounds simple enough, right? Not quite.

    Both Birmingham City and Liverpool are waiting if Chelsea slip up. Birmingham host Notts County and reigning champions Liverpool entertain Bristol Academy.

    All in all, it promises to be a right old final-day thriller. It begins at 14:00 BST.

    Women's Super League table
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    Apologies if that statement sounds a little biased, but let's have a look at the facts.

    Chelsea's fellas stand five points clear at the top of the Premier League after only seven games. Would you fancy telling Jose Mourinho that his men won't win the whole shebang?

    And the ladies? Well, they're even closer. Beat Manchester City today and the Blues will be crowned champions of England for the first time in their history.

    Chelsea celebrate
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    Now, let me tweak that statement ever so slightly to make it relevant to this sunny autumnal Sunday afternoon.

    Twenty-two people chase a ball around for 90 minutes and, at the end, Chelsea win.

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    According to Gary Lineker, football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball around for 90 minutes and, at the end, the Germans win.