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WOMEN PREVIEW: ALBION V CRYSTAL PALACE

5 December 2018

Geoff Penn
Jodie Brett, Ellie Brazil and Kate Natkiel celebrate.

Brighton & Hove Albion take on Crystal Palace for the second time in two days, as Hope Powell’s side take on the Eagles in the FA Continental Tyres League Cup Group 1 South.

This match is the first the Seagulls have played in the competition since September, after playing three of their first four games of the season in the cup.

The side opened the season with a spirited performance, but ultimately on the losing side in a 3-1 defeat against Chelsea.

One week later, the Seagulls travelled to FA Women’s Championship team Tottenham Hotspur, and the hosts took a shock 2-0 lead, but Albion fought back well to level in the 90th minute through Ini Umotong’s header.

The rules of the competition’s group stage state that matches ending in a draw must go to a penalty shootout, with the winner receiving two points and the losers receiving one point.

After an epic shootout, which went to each goalkeeper taking a spot-kick, Albion’s Lucy Gillett hit her effort over the bar and the Seagulls lost out 10-9.

The Seagulls were finally successful in their third and most recent match against another second tier opponent, London Bees, with goals from Ellie Brazil, Aileen Whelan and Ini Umotong providing a 3-1 win.

The opposition for today have had mixed results of their own in the competition. The Eagles kicked off their campaign against Tottenham Hotspur, also drawing with their London rivals after 90 minutes. However, they were able to overcome them in the penalty shootout to earn the extra bonus point.

A solid 1-0 victory over FA Women’s Super League side Yeovil followed, but Palace were overcome 4-0 by Chelsea in their most recent match.

All this action in the cup means that Crystal Palace lie one point and one place above Albion in third and fourth respectively. With only the top two to qualify, a good result for either team would go a long way to reaching that aim.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a match report to go online shortly after the full-time whistle.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the turnstiles at a price of £10 for adults and £4 for under-10s.


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