Millwall are back in action as they host newly promoted Leicester City at Princes Park. The Lionesses, who picked up their first point of the season in the last game before the international break at home to Crystal Palace, will look to pick up from where they left off as they now go in search of a first league win of the season. Gabby Ravenscroft's second half goal cancelled out former Millwall striker Ashlee Hincks' opener, in a game Millwall felt they could have got all three points from. They now turn their attention to a Leicester side who have had a fairly average start to life in the Championship and will hope they can get three points on the road this Sunday.
Leicester so far this season have won two and lost two of their opening four games and currently sit in a rather respectable 5th place. The Foxes have also picked up one point from their three games in the WSL Cup. Leicester so far this season have shown that they know where the back of the net is, as the big hitters have scored an impressive nine goals in their opening four games and in their last outing they were victorious in their home game against London Bees. The side from the Midlands will look to gain win number three when they make the trip to Dartford against a Lionesses side who are slowly improving game after game.
The international break saw four Millwall players represent their country. Lucy Fitzgerald and Gabby Ravenscroft went away with the England under-19's, while Annie Rossiter and Lia Cataldo were away with the under-18's. Gabby and Lucy both netted for the under-19's in their wins while Lia got an assist and Annie made her England debut. All four returned to training and are available for selection ahead of the visit of Leicester. A good international break for Millwall!
Leanne Cowan has been back in training since overcoming her injury and the captain will be in a race against time to ensure she can make the squad on Sunday. The team have been working hard over the break to keep their match fitness high, Gabby who scored last time out and with England will be looking to continue her good form and get another one on Sunday, one that may hopefully give the Lionesses the three points.
Centre attacking midfielder Lia Cataldo was brought in from the Arsenal development side after impressing now current first team manger Chris Phillips during her time there. Lia got off the mark when the side lost 2-1 to London Bees and her eagerness to close down the ball and get the ball off her opponent got her a well deserved goal. The midifielder will be looking to add to this tally with her superb performances.
Lia has made herself a key asset in this young Lionesses side, her attacking ability is second to none and has a wand of a pass on her. The young midfielder links up well with Gabby Ravenscroft up top, both ex-Arsenal of course and they have a clear understanding between the two that will only get stronger.
Lia will hope she can get on the score sheet again Sunday, as the Lionesses go in hunt of their first league win of the season and start a climb up the league table in preparation for Tottenham next weekend.
A win for Leicester before the International break as they swept aside London Bees 4-2, the Foxes will be looking for more of the same as they look to sneak into the top four. This is Leicester's debut season in the Championship and there will be no pressure on them to achieve great things, however, the club will want to finish as high up as possible.
Leicester have managed one clean sheet in the league so far this season, conceding nine in their opening four games. The defensive areas is where they would have worked on over the break to ensure the side don't allow goals to flood into the net as they have done recently. On the positive note for the visitors they've also been able to score a fair few as well.
It's their debut season in the Women's FA Championship and Leicester are not making a bad account of themselves as they look to prove and test themselves against very well established teams.
Match Day Four in the FA Women's Championship and Leicester city arrive at Princes Park with a point to prove after their arrival in the division, Millwall going in search of their first league win of the season against a very well structured Leicester side.
Team: Leicester City
Venue: Princes Park
Date: Sunday 14th October