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London City Lionesses vs Sheffield United: Match Preview

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For the first time in two matches, the Lionesses are back on the road following the international window, traveling up north to do battle with Sheffield United.

Just two more contests in the month of November remain for London City as it aims to keep the pressure on the top of the table, sitting behind the leaders by just two points.

The Blades are winless in their three contests in league play, but Sheffield United’s record against London City presents a test for a team aspiring for promotion in April.

These clubs have met a total of seven times in the past with the Blades coming out victorious in four of them, including three out of the last five.

London City split the season series last year with Sheffield United, winning the leg at Princes Park through an Amy Rodgers' second-half goal.

The high-powered Blades’ attack has put in the most goals on their home turf of any team in the Championship this season.

Led by a talented attack featuring Mia Enderby, and former Liverpool and Everton striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Sheffield United has the talent to continuously punish the opposition in front of the net.

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Six players on the Blades have found the back of the net this season, including Sweetman-Kirk and Enderby who lead the team with three apiece.

Despite a poor run of form, Sheffield United has shown its ability to put itself in the right position to get results.

From the last clash against Birmingham City on the road, where the Blades were up going into halftime to Sheffield United fighting its way back against Lewes, Neil Redfearn, and his team are determined to snap out of this run of results.

Melissa Phillips and the Lionesses are still yet to lose since the opening day of the season, riding an efficient offense with a multiple threats and a backline that knows its job each time out.

London City’s run of five clean sheets in a row in the league may have concluded, but since Crystal Palace came into Princes Park and secured the win, the Lionesses have shown they can win games in a plethora of ways.

Sarah Ewens currently leads the Lionesses with five league goals, but Shanade Hopcroft and Rodgers have collected three each, showing the versatility of this London City attack.

Hayley Nolan and the defensive unit have not allowed a single goal on the road since its contest away to Charlton.

As one of three teams to remain unbeaten away from home in the league so far this season, the Lionesses seek to add to a remarkable run of form against a side that is more than capable of getting back on track.

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Sarah Ewens

Speaking on her what life has been like in London City so far, Ewens stated:

"I'm enjoying it. It's great being part of this team, and I'm loving seeing the ball find the back of the net at the moment."

"I work hard every week to try and get on the end of something when the weekend arrives. Hopefully, this weekend, I can get back in the goals again."

Ewens expressed what it was like to ride a good run of form in front of the net this season, stating:

"It's always good to go on a run of scoring goals. Any goal no matter if it is a header or a tap-in, I am happy with."

"I hope I can continue that and keep helping a team as we seek to pick up three points."

Ewens gave her thoughts on the battle ahead of the Lionesses this weekend, stating:

"I think it's going to be a difficult game, they are a good team that has the ability to score goals."

"We know this is going to be a tough test but it is one that we are no doubt looking forward to."

Head Coach, Melissa Phillips

"Sheffield has been a very gritty and well-organized side. They have been clinical in front of the goal at home and we expect a tough challenge with the atmosphere.

"We are confident in our preparations to go on the road again and put another solid performance in.

"There will be key areas for us to manage the game and we are looking forward to our next opportunity."

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