Blackburn Rovers Ladies play London City Lionesses at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium Blackburn Rovers Ladies v London City Lionesses, Women’s Championship football match, Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Preston, UK - 08 Dec 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

PREVIEW: Blackburn Rovers v Crystal Palace

Both Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace will be looking to bounce back from defeats in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup in midweek when they meet at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium this afternoon in their latest league fixture.

Rovers lost out 2-1 to fellow FA Women’s Championship side Liverpool whereas Crystal Palace were defeated 3-1 by Barclays FA Women’s Super League outfit Reading.

The defeat extended Gemma Donnelly’s side’s winless streak to four games, their last win coming in the form of a late 3-2 victory over Coventry United. Rovers sit 10th in the FA Women’s Championship table but they are eight points ahead of bottom side Coventry United.

The Lancashire outfit have seen some incomings and outgoings over the past week with Eleanor Heeps returning to parent club Tottenham Hotspur and Safia Middleton-Patel and Chloe Williams arriving on dual registration terms from Manchester United.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in five league games. They were unbeaten in six games in all competitions but that midweek defeat to Reading ended that run. Palace have enjoyed a decent season so far but along with Sunderland, they have drawn the most games in the FA Women’s Championship. The Eagles sit fourth in the league, eight points behind leaders Liverpool with a game in hand and they will be hoping to pick up three points to try and climb further towards the summit.

In last season’s fixture at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Cherelle Khassal’s goal for Palace cancelled out Jade Richards’ opener before Annabel Johnson struck late in the game to give the visitors the lead. A late equaliser from Natasha Fenton broke Palace hearts as the game ended 2-2.

The FA Women’s Championship fixture between Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium kicks-off at 2pm and tickets are available on the turnstiles.

By Matthew Ward

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