Carla Ward head coach of Sheffield United Women Aston Villa Ladies v Sheffield United Women, Women's Championship football match, Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Birmingham, UK - 18 Aug 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

PREVIEW: London City Lionesses v Sheffield United

The big game in the FA Women’s Championship this weekend sees two of the most in-form clubs come together as London City Lionesses take on Sheffield United at Princes Park in Dartford.

There is at least a three-way title race brewing in the second tier with league leaders Aston Villa and the competitors of tomorrows duel, London City Lionesses and Sheffield United, separated by just four points after eight matches.

Villa should certainly be looking over their shoulders ahead of the Christmas break. London City Lionesses go into the match with the best form of any side in the division in their last three league matches (three consecutive wins) while Sheffield United’s tally of seven points is the same return as league leaders Villa.

Under London City Lionesses’ former Millwall Lionesses branding, Sheffield United last faced the club in May with The Blades recording a 6-0 victory at Bramall Lane. On that occasion, captain Ellie Gilliat and Bex Raynor were on target while Ebony Salmon and Jade Pennock netted braces.

The well-documented change at Princes Park now means that the new London City Lionesses side contains just a handful of players from that defeat and the statistics from that game are irrelevant ahead of what could be a really tight encounter on Sunday.

One similarity from the fixture in May is that there could well be goals. Sheffield United are the FA Women’s Championship’s top scorers with 27 in eight matches while London City Lionesses have averaged two per game during what has been a period of transition. Former Charlton Athletic striker Elizabeta Ejupi is their top scorer with four goals in all competitions. The Pride could come up against the most frightening attack in the division which contains 19-goal pair Katie Wilkinson and Jade Pennock, the duo having gone goal-crazy in both the FA Women’s Championship and FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

The Pride have been working hard to generate interest in the fixture. The club have been offering half price tickets for the match as they continue to look to increase their fan base following the breakaway from Millwall Lionesses.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and any fans who have not yet purchased tickets can do so on the day.

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