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3 January 2019

Sheffield United's women's team head into 2019 with two home games to look forward to as we first welcome high-flying Tottenham Hotspur to Olympic Legacy Park this weekend after the winter break.

Carla Ward's side are yet to face Spurs this season after September's encounter in Cheshunt was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

2018 saw some unpredictable results for the Blades but United have won their last four home games in all competitions, including all three games played at the new Legacy Park stadium, culminating in an impressive Continental Cup display against Leicester City before Christmas.

Goals from Sophie Jones, Chloe Dixon and Danielle Cox ensured a positive end to 2018 and now United will be looking to take that momentum into a tough match against a side fighting for the Championship title and promotion to the FA WSL.

Tottenham sit fourth in the league as we enter the second half of the campaign but just a point separates them and league leaders Manchester United, plus they have a game in hand on Charlton and Durham who sit 2nd and 3rd respectively.

But December was a sticky month for this weekend's visitors as they sunk to two Continental Cup losses against Chelsea and London Bees plus a surprise 6-1 home defeat against league rivals Durham.

Ward meanwhile will be hoping to call on a fully fit squad after the Christmas period. With the side having been chopped and changed as United navigated their last couple of Continental Cup games, Ward can now fully concentrate on the league before her team enter the SSE Women's FA Cup next month.

Youngsters such as Izzy Ford, Beth Ibbotson and Veatriki Sarri all staked their claim for a spot in the team before Christmas and with the top four having broken away from the rest of the pack, strength in depth will be important if United want to finish best of the rest.

Going into two home games this month, United sit seventh level on points with Leicester, one clear of Aston Villa and two behind fifth-placed London Bees.

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