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MATCH PREVIEW | Oxford v Millwall Lionesses

March 25, 2018

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 That feeling of a new season is what this game feels like!

 

A month since the Lionesses last played which saw the Lionesses get held at home to a very defensive and compact London Bees side.

 

Oxford started the season well and looked like the dark horse for this years title, but have dropped off since and now sit in sixth, 12 points behind the Lionesses in 2nd place.

 

Inspired defensive performances of late have seen the Lionesses do much better at the back, but have struggled at the fore front. Lee Burch's side will look to put pressure on top spot Donny as they host Spurs. Donny currently have a 3 point gap on Millwall with a superior goal difference and have 9 games left to play.

 

The Lionesses will be looking to start Sunday off with a bang as they go into their first of 3 away games in 8 days. The Lionesses travel to Oxford Sunday before coming back into London but the North of it to take on Spurs on Wednesday night and ending the away run with a long trip up north to Sheffield on the 1st.

 

MAIN FEATURE

 BILLIE BROOKS

 

Billie started the season off flying scoring in the win against Watford and the draw away to Doncaster. The defender suffered a severe collision a few games later which would see her have to take time out and recover. 

 

Now back in the side and raring to go Billie has shown just how to be a Millwall player and what passion and desire it takes to be a fan favourite. Billie would class herself as the back up striker and why not? The defender gets onto the score sheet enough! 

 

Billie dishes it out just like Gordon Ramsey, it looks good to the eyes but the pain left behind on the opposition is something the chefs who have worked under him would understand! In other context, If Billie is running at you JUST GIVE HER THE BALL!

 

Joining from Watford, Billie has proven to be quite the immense beast Millwall fans seem to love. A rough challenge and her bullish style makes her the player she is. Her ability on the ball has been shown with her goals and towers above opposition, beating them to any aerial duel coming her way and ultimately scaring them off next time a 50/50 battle comes about again.

 

LAST TIME WE MET

 

Millwall beat Oxford 1-0 in the reverse fixture thanks to a long range effort from Ella Rutherford in the 12th minute. A game of very little excitement in all fairness saw the Lionesses get another 3 points which has gone onto be 3 very crucial points to the season so far. I'm sure Lee Burch and his coaching staff will be hoping for the same result on Sunday.

 

LAST TIME OUT

 

21/02/18 Millwall Lionesses 1 London Bees 1

A stressful 90 minutes saw the Lionesses drop 2 points at home on a very cold Wednesday night in South London. The visitors took the lead early on but a Charlie Devlin cross allowed Rianna Dean to head home to share the points. Despite numerous opportunities for a chance to snatch the win, the Lionesses did make it a year unbeaten.

 

22/02/18 Brighton 5 Oxford 1

A day to forget for the Oxford faithful as they couldn't stop the slump as they made it only 1 win in their last 13 games in all competitions. A Whelan hat trick and goals for Natkiel and Umotong gave the south coast side as easy 3 points on a breezy Thursday night. Chloe Chivers got the goal for Oxford on the night but the side are in real bad form right now.

 

THE OPPOSITION

Oxford started the season very brightly but took a turn for the worst in form and have slumped to sixth in the table. Their side have been broken through easily at the moment and defensive mistakes have seem them slump plenty of goals of late and coming up against a Millwall side who can find the back of the net, could this be a task too much for Oxford?

 

Hannah Short came with a reputation when joining Oxford. The defender is very well organised and has proved to be a tough cookie to break down. In need to stop the leak of goals, Hannah could prove vital if Oxford are to stop the Lionesses flourishing in front of goal.

 

Kayleigh Hines is Oxford's top scorer this season with 5 goals. The midfielder has contributed well to her side this season but the results have not been as good as they should of been. If Oxford are going to win the game on Sunday it will be through her.

 

 

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