An Arsenal corner flag. Arsenal Women v Everton Ladies WSL football match, Meadow Park, Borehamwood, UK - 21 Apr 2019 Photo: Kate Green for The FA

PREVIEW: Arsenal v Lewes

Arsenal will be hoping to move another step towards Wembley when they take on FA Women’s Championship club Lewes in their Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Meadow Park on Sunday.

The Gunners eased through their fourth round tie at West Ham United and they now face a Lewes side who have not won any of their last 14 matches in normal time.

Joe Montemurro’s side will be without Kim Little and Beth Mead who are both sidelined with injury. With a hectic schedule ahead, The Gunners boss may opt to rotate his side with Arsenal being the red hot favourites to advance.

Arsenal have taken on three lower league opponents so far this season, scoring 18 goals without reply. Their lowest margin of victory against those sides has been four goals.

Struggling Lewes arrive at Meadow Park having needed extra-time and penalties to see off Billericay Town, the lowest ranked side in the competition, in the fourth round. New manager Simon Parker is still searching for a first win in charge of The Rookettes, although his side did recently end an 11-game losing streak by securing a goalless draw with the London Bees at The Dripping Pan.

Lewes have generally impressed when taking on FA Women’s Super League sides in cup competitions this season. They led at Reading in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup in October before losing 3-2 while they held Chelsea for a long period at The Dripping Pan prior to being defeated 2-1.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 1pm and will be screened live on the BBC Red Button.

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