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MATCH PREVIEW | Millwall Lionesses v Sheffield Ladies

January 7, 2018

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IT IS 2018!!!

 

A new year, a host of games to play and but only one objective.. WIN!!

 

The Lionesses had a very impressive 2017 which sees them take a 12 game unbeaten league run into Sundays game, The last side to beat them in fact was Sheffield back in February where the visitors ran out 2-1 winners down in South London.

 

Lee has stated that there are no new fresh injury concerns and just a few illnesses running through the team.

 

The tides have massively changed since that game and Lee Burch's side are now one of the forces in the league and aren't prepared to slow down the pace anytime soon.

 

Sheffield have lost 4 of their opening 6 games this season where as Millwall have won 4 out of 5 drawing the other but then being docked 3 points. Sheffield sit in 7th position and a win could see them go 5th if results go their way. The Lionesses can climb to second should they better Durham's result away to Oxford which kicks off at 12, 2 hours before the Lionesses get underway.

 

It's been fair to say that the Lionesses haven't lacked any goal scoring power this season scoring 13 goals in the opening 5 league games and it will be a chance for them to add more against a Sheffield side who haven't kept a clean sheet all season.

 

The Lionesses haven't played since the 3rd of December and with the Christmas period you can bet that Lee Burch has had the players making sure that the are fit and ready to go come Sunday. Lee knows that 3 points are vital on Sunday to get the ball rolling in for what will hopefully be an even better year for the Lionessess.

 

A massive game for Millwall who look to continue their stride to the top of the league. With so much quality in the side Sheffiled will have a hard time stopping this rampant Lionesses side. 

 

WINDOW BOOM AND GLOOM

 

There's no hiding that this January transfer window is going to be massive! After the FA planned to restructure the leagues forcing clubs to make decisions on whether they could sustain top tier football, play in the second tier or drop even lower. Clubs like Watford have already stated the will drop to the 3rd tier while on the opposite side of that Brighton have had a place accepted in the top tier. Millwall will remain in the second tier and with other clubs changing divisions will the Lionesses be able to bring in a few additions and aim to avoid some of the top tier trying to bring some of the Lionesses in to improve their squad for the top tier next season.

 

MILLWALL PREDICTED XI

 

Quantrill, Cowan, Brooks, Robe, Giddings, Alexander, Mason, Rutherford, Devlin, Dean, Hincks

 

KEY BATTLE

 

Ashlee Hincks v Melissa Johnson

Striker (Position) Striker

9 (Apps) 9

5 (Goals) 5

3 (Match winners) 2

Two strikers scoring for fun at the minute with both respectively netting 5 in 9. It will be interesting to see which striker can lead their team to 3 points on Sunday. Ashlee has spread her goals throughout the nine games where as Melissa hit a hat-trick in the WSL cup against Durham in their 5-1 win.

 

INSIDE THE VISITING CAMP

 Sheffield haven't started too brightly and Zoe Johnson the manager will sure want to get 2018 off on the right foot by getting 3 points Sunday. Danielle Gibbons joined from WSL 1 outfit Liverpool and has become the number one keeper, Danielle will want to get her first clean sheet this Sunday but has a tough task in front of her keeping out the force of Millwall's attack.

 

Sheffield ladies fan @twobeergeeks gave his view on the season so far

 

What's your take on the team so far?

Don't think I dare say much officially about the ladies this season. Internal wrangling. We do have some good young players though. However our first XI is unpredictable

 

Best players?

Gilliat anywhere down the left, Gibbons in goal and Hannah Cain.

 

Fave Player?

My daughters Evie and Erin choose Ellie Gilliat and Mel Johnson

 

Why do you support Sheffield Ladies?

I've watched the men's for years and started taking my daughter. She said is football for men? I said no and started taking her to the women's team. That was 6 years ago and we try go as much as possible. Away games are hard due to the geography.

 

Who will Sheffield fear in the Millwall team?

I don't think anyone!

 

Score prediction?

1-1

 

 

 

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