SSE Women’s FA Cup preview: Charlton Athletic v Sheffield

Our next stop on our Women’s FA Cup third round preview is Charlton Athletic versus Sheffield – one of only two WPL Premier v WSL 2 match-ups at this stage (the other being Coventry United v Oxford United).

Sheffield will be keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s defeat to WPL opposition, when they were beaten by Sporting Club Albion (now West Bromwich Albion) in the fourth round. The Yorkshire side will be a tougher opponent this time around though, as they now have a full season of WSL football under their collective belt – something they didn’t have this time last year.

Charlton are having a strong season in the WPL Southern Division, currently sitting in second place in the table. They have already seen off divisional rivals Crystal Palace and Portsmouth in the first and second rounds of the Cup, but will have to step up their game when they face their WSL opponents on Sunday. Like Sheffield, Charlton were also eliminated at the fourth round stage last year – they were knocked out by Durham of WSL 2.

My prediction: I can see a potential upset here. Charlton are in fine form, while Sheffield haven’t played a competitive match for months, so they will almost certainly be a little ring rusty in the early stages. If the Londoners can snatch a lead then they have every chance of progressing to the fourth round.

The match

  • Date: Sunday 5th February
  • Kick-off: 2pm
  • Venue: Sporting Club Thamesmead, London, SE28 8NJ
  • Public transport
    • Train: Abbey Wood (approx. 1.5 miles away)
    • Bus: Nearest bus stop is Lister Walk (services 177, 229, 401, 472, 601, 602 and 669)

The stats

Charlton Athletic (@CAFCWomen)

FA Women’s Premier League, Southern Division (level 3)
League form: w8 d2 l2 gd+18 = 2nd place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup
1R – Crystal Palace (level 3) 1-2 Charlton Athletic
2R – Charlton Athletic 5-0 Portsmouth (3)

2015/16 FA Cup
2R – Charlton Athletic 9-0 Plymouth Argyle (3)
3R – Charlton Athletic 10-0 Newcastle United (3)
4R – Durham (2) 3-1 Charlton Athletic

Sheffield (@SFCLadies)

FA Women’s Super League 2 (level 2)
2016 final standings: w7 d5 l6 gd+7 = 5th place out of 10

2016/17 FA Cup
Entering at third round

2015/16 FA Cup
3R – Sheffield 5-1 Leicester City Women (level 4)
4R – Sheffield 1-3 Sporting Club Albion (3)

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