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London City Lionesses v Portsmouth: Match Preview

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With the final league match of the calendar year under their belt, the Lionesses now turn their attention to the third round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

London City will play its first FA Cup match while Pompey defeated Abingdon Town and Bowers & Pitsea in order to put themselves in this position by a combined scoreline of 11-0.

Jay Sadler and the Blues have won seven of their last nine contests in all competitions, including four wins in the National League.

Portsmouth currently sits in third in the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division, netting the second most goals in the league with 23.

Led by Sophie Quirk and Emma Jones in the goals department, the Blues seek to capture the Southern Division title for the third time in club history, and the first time since the 2014/15 campaign.

Portsmouth has allowed just three goals in the last five matches, but the Lionesses have scored at least one goal in eight out of the last nine games in all competitions.

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Despite a disappointing ending to a match where the Lionesses controlled most of it, London City continued to push on, adding more and more positive results to its resume.

Almost immediately after coming on as a substitute, Sarah Ewens found the back of the net for the seventh time of the season against Southampton.

Two of the substitutes against the Saints combined for the goal, demonstrating once again the value of versatility, and depth to the success of the club this season.

Last season in the fourth round of one of the most illustrious cup competitions in the world, the Lionesses took down Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club 6-1 before a narrow defeat to Arsenal in the following round.

On the Blues’ side of things, Pompey encountered their southern rivals, Southampton in the third round of the last campaign. Portsmouth went out by just one goal in extra time, and will no doubt be seeking to rewrite the narrative this time around.

Both sides have put together two quality performances in cup competitions so far this season and with the way last week's match ended, London City will no question be ready to return to the fourth round of the FA Cup for the fourth straight season.

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Head Coach, Melissa Phillips

"We are looking forward to the excitement that cup matches bring and we will prepare for Portsmouth accordingly but this set of games really gives us the opportunity to focus on ourselves and the areas we are looking to grow in."

"We plan to maximize the time in between games ahead of the league opposition in January to become even more robust and resilient in the second half of season."

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