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Women's Villa preview

7 December 2018

Sheffield United's women's team travel to Aston Villa this Sunday for their final league match before the short winter break commences until January.

It will be the third time United have faced Gemma Davies' side already this season, with Carla Ward's side coming out on top in their first game of the new season in the Continental Cup and again in the FA Women's Championship match held at Bramall Lane.

Goals from Danielle Cox and Tania Marsden got United's new era off to the perfect start back in August before a Sophie Jones hat-trick and a penalty from Alethea Paul saw United run out 4-1 winners at home in the league a few weeks later.

Villa sit four points behind the Blades in the table so come what may Ward and her side will head into the break ahead of this weekend's opponents but United will have improve their form on the road to come away with three points.

In the league, United have only a win at Crystal Palace and a draw at Millwall to show for their efforts away from home this season so will be looking for a repeat of their cup win at Boldmere St. Michaels to take some momentum into Christmas.

Ward was able to afford starts to Nicole Kemp and Alethea Paul in Wednesday's cup defeat at Manchester City and in even brighter news there was a third debut in four games as Autumn Housley featured in the last five minutes at the City Academy.

Off the back of debuts for Izzy Ford and Beth Ibbotson, Ward is showing her faith in youth and all three could be involved again as United head to Villa before ending the first half of the season at home to Leicester in the final Continental Cup next Wednesday night.

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