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Leicester preview

12 December 2018

Sheffield United's women's team head into their final game of 2018 as they welcome Leicester City to Olympic Legacy Park for the second time this season in the side's final Continental Cup match.

Carla Ward's side beat Leicester 1-0 in the FA Women's Championship encounter between the two teams last month, Bex Rayner's late deflected effort the difference between a draw and a win on that occasion.

Defeat at Manchester City last week ended any slim chance United had of making it through the group stages of the tournament but a win against Leicester should ensure they finish best of the Championship sides in Group One North.

Ward particularly will be looking for a response after defeat at City was followed up by a disappointing 5-1 defeat away at Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, Sophie Jones' second half penalty turning out to be a mere consolation in the final league game before the winter break.

It leaves the Blades without a win in December so far but Wednesday night's game represents a chance for the team to go out and play freely with little at stake bar bragging rights.

Leicester themselves are also yet to win in December and have failed to build on an impressive 2-0 away at Durham at the end of November.

League defeats to Charlton and London Bees either side of cup defeat to Birmingham City leaves their boss Jonathan Morgan likely looking for a similar response to Ward once the game commences.

Ward may take the chance to give some more of United's young players a chance to shine heading into Christmas and there could be a return to action for Rayner after she was named among the substitutes at Aston Villa on Sunday.

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