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MATCH PREVIEW | Millwall Lionesses v Arsenal WFC

December 12, 2018

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The Lionesses end 2018 with arguably the most challenging fixture of them all so far - Arsenal at home.

 

After recent impressive performances, Millwall are playing with a lot more confidence. Chris Phillips spoke about earlier on in the season about the way he wanted his side to play and this can be clearly seen in his side's recent outings.  However, a lack of goals and chances leaves Millwall still in the same position having picked up just two points this season.

 

A fair few of the Millwall side will need no introduction into what Arsenal are about, as a number of the players came through the Arsenal Academy and played under Chris during his time with the visitors. Now is their chance to prove to the new Gunners' boss that they are good enough to play at this level and in front of what is expected to be a big crowd in Dartford.

 

Millwall lost 0-2 in their last fixture against Lewes in a game where a draw would have been a fair result, but the two second half goals sent the south coast side home happy as they carried on their impressive start to the first season in the second tier of women's football.  Millwall are already out of the competition and this game will be a chance for the players to play for a bit of pride and prove themselves against some very highly experienced internationals.

 

 

 

FEATURED PLAYER

 

 

 

 

Lia Cataldo has played in a variety of positions this season and we caught up with her to find out what she has made to the start of this season.

 

You started the season in a centre midfield berth, however in recent weeks you have found yourself at right back and have been excelling.  How have you found the defensive role?
 

It has made me more versatile player and given me a better understanding of a defenders duties, I feel that I am developing in the position and will continue to learn and progress.

 

You have been on the score sheet and opened the account in the league for the Lionesses early in the season. How did it feel to get your first goal of the season?
 

I felt proud scoring my first senior goal and I hope it’s the first of many.

 

What are your personal goals for the season and what do you hope to achieve as a team?
 

My goals are to assist the team in climbing up the league and to start winning matches.

 

What are your personal goals for the season and what do you hope to achieve as a team?
 

I am excited to play against arsenal and want us to put in a good team performance and show what progress we have made as a team from the start of the season.

 

 

THE OPPOSITION

 

 

In case you’ve been sleeping for the past 20 years, Arsenal are one of the most established women’s football clubs in the world and are the biggest in England.  After a bit of a slow few years for the Gunners where they went from winning back to back league titles and FA cups to achieving neither, the North London side are back on their form and look to push for a title this season.

 

Their squad is jam packed full of high quality international players and will prove a real test for Millwall on Wednesday. It’s unlikely they will start their strongest squad, but with good squad depth and a good manager they won’t rest too much.

 

Arsenal are already through will go into the quarter finals and look to progress even further in this competition as they look to stay on track to complete an impressive treble. The last tome the two sides met, Arsenal won 1-0 against a very different Millwall side.  It will be interesting to see how Wednesday goes.

 

 

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Team: Arsenal WFC

Competition: Continental Cup

Venue: Princes Park

Time: 7:30PM

Date: Wednesday 12th December

 

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