After defeat on the opening day to Lewes and defeat in the league cup to Charlton two weeks before, The Lionesses will look to bounce back this weekend against Women's super league side West Ham on Match day 3 of the league cup. The two clubs have had different stories so far to their respected start in the league up, but that wont stop Millwall, who are aiming to cause an upset.
Most will write Millwall off in this game and will expect the side from east London to gain all 3 points as they look to get out of the group. West Ham, who come from the third tier last season, has their application into the top tier accepted and have added to their squad massively, it's a completely new side with all new expectations, the same can be said about Millwall who have had a massive change over the summer as well.
Millwall lost their opening league game last week at home to Lewes 3-0, all 3 goals were scored in the first half as Lewes made it a memorable first day in the Women's Championship. Chris Phillips and his side will look to start better this weekend, especially against a side who carry a lot of quality on the ball, however the Lionesses should be pumped and ready to upset the home side, as they look for their first win in a competitive match.
Last time out, Millwall made several changes and it may see the same again for Chris Phillips' side who have London Bees away on Wednesday night, so will want to ensure his players are fully fit for that trip too. Millwall will also welcome the return of Georggie Giddings from her suspension, her experience could prove vital on Sunday, something the side have needed over the last two games. Leanne Cowan will be in a race against time to ensure she is back, the captain was on the bench on the opening day of the season, Leanne could potentially feature on Sunday.
Millwall will need 3 points in this one if they are to stand a chance of getting through to the next round of the cup, defeat would mean it would be a very and almost impossible task, West Ham on the other hand will be looking to get 3 points which will give them 6 out of 9 so far in the campaign with just the one game to go.
Formerly of Sunday's opposition West Ham United, Jasmine joined the Lionesses this summer as she looks to be part of the new era of the Lionesses. Defensively minded Jasmine has featured in both games so far from the Lionesses, starting against Lewes and coming off the bench against Charlton.
Jasmine will be hoping to get one over her former team on Sunday when the two sides clash and if possible get a goal! Jasmine is physical and strong on the ball and offers an aerial presence, With London Bees on the Wednesday, Jasmine will be hoping she has done enough over the last two games and on Sunday to get herself on that team sheet, ahead of the local derby.
One of the more experienced players in terms of first team football, Jasmine will know the ins and outs of this West Ham side and can hopefully read them well enough on the day, to stop them getting all 3 points.
West Ham will turn up Sunday expected to take all 3 points in a game which looks very favourable for the Hammers, A league above but also a lot of experience over this Lionesses side, anything other than all 3 points would be seen as a disappointment from the West Ham faithful.
West Ham are yet to play a league match but have played two games in the league cup so far winning one and losing the other. They started their league cup with a 3-1 defeat to favourites for the group Arsenal before a week later defeating Millwall's opposition last week, Lewes 4-1. An even start so far, a win would help West Ham's chances for going through, anything else could see them miss out.
West Ham have some big Names in their side including Gilly Flaherty, Rosie Kmita and Kate Longhurst, big names that come with a big reputation, a team that is very well structured and will be looking to have a successful first season in the Women's Super League, but nothing is tougher than a rival match against the Lionesses.
Match day 3 of the League cup and both sides need 3 points to ensure they can stay in the fight to get out of the group, Millwall come into this one as massive underdogs but should not be wrriten off, especially with their unpredictability.
Team: West Ham
Competition: League Cup
Venue: Rush Green Stadium
Date: Sunday 16th September