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Match Preview: LCFC Women vs. Crystal Palace Women

The FA Women's Championship season continues on Sunday as LCFC Women take on Crystal Palace at Farley Way Stadium (2pm kick-off).
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- LCFC Women are back at Farley Way as they meet Crystal Palace in the FA Women's Championship 
- The Foxes have twice triumphed over Palace this season, including in the League Cup Quarter-Finals
- Currently sitting top of the table, level on points with Durham, Leicester have won seven consecutive league matches
- You can follow all of Sunday's action on @LCFCWomen social media channels and on LCFC.com

The pair meet for the third time this season with City aiming for a hat-trick of victories over the south London club, as they continue to challenge at the top end of the league table

LCFC.com delivers everything you need to know about the crucial weekend clash in Quorn...

The Foxes camp

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Charlie Devlin
Charlie Devlin

Charlie Devlin celebrates her 81st-minute winner at Prenton Park.

A 2-1 win over Liverpool was secured in City's last league outing with goals from Natasha Flint - her 15th of the season - and Charlie Devlin, keeping Leicester at the top of the table and extending their winning run to seven league games.

Two new additions to the squad could be in line to make their full debuts on Sunday. Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Fleming, who arrived from Chelsea in January, came on as a substitute in the Continental Tyres League Cup Semi-Final defeat to Bristol City, but is yet to make her league bow. 

Attacker Shannon O'Brien also joined the Club in January, making the switch from Coventry United. Signing on an 18-month deal, O'Brien, 19, scored six goals in 22 appearances for the West Midlands side across the last two seasons after coming through the ranks at Aston Villa.

Ones to watch

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Coral-Jade Haines
Coral-Jade Haines

Coral-Jade Haines in action for the Eagles against LCFC Women.

Coral Jade Haines has become a key component of the Eagles' midfield in 2020/21, featuring in every Championship fixture this term. After three years with Tottenham Hotspur, the former England Under-23s international swapped north London for south and has scored five times from 12 league starts for her new club.

After missing the League Cup tie against Leicester, goalkeeper Chloe Morgan returned between the sticks for Palace's clash with Durham and kept a clean sheet in the Eagles' most recent victory over London Bees. Arriving from Women's Super League side Tottenham in the summer, Morgan has added a wealth of experience to the Palace ranks.

Bianca Baptiste's return of 12 goals from 15 games in all competitions sees her lead Palace's scoring charts by some distance. The forward, who has plenty of experience having played for Arsenal and Tottenham, is joint-third top scorer in the FA Women's Championship, netting eight times in the league. 

Talking points

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Jonathan Morgan
Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan spoke to the media in his pre-match press conference on Friday morning.

LCFC Women manager Jonathan Morgan praised the opposition ahead of Sunday's fixture: "We know Palace are a very strong counter-attacking side, they've got some good players, Bianca Baptiste is in great form and Dean Davenport is getting them playing some fantastic football at the minute.

"We're very much aware of that threat. We hope that our in-possession game will be the difference, where we can just pin them back and obviously get a few goals and tactically exploit their weak areas too."

Opposition form guide

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Crystal Palace Women
Crystal Palace Women

The Eagles put five past London Bees in their last league outing.

Palace been in good form since the winter break, losing just one of their last four league fixtures. Following a goalless draw with London City Lionesses, Dean Davenport's side lost 1-0 at home to Durham and fell to defeat by the same scoreline to Leicester, in the League Cup. 

Palace bounced back by recording a credible 2-2 draw away to Blackburn Rovers, with both Cherelle Khassal and Annabel Johnson on the scoresheet for the Eagles in Lancashire. 

Most impressively, however, was the 5-0 success over London Bees last time out, with a brace apiece for Coral-Jade Haines and Bianca Baptiste, alongside Kate Natkiel's goal, earning Palace their biggest win of the season. The Eagles sit eighth in the current standings, with 16 points from 14 games played.

Last time out

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LCFC Women
LCFC Women

The Foxes have already come up against Crystal Palace on two occasions this season.

The Foxes emerged victorious in the Continental Tyres League Cup Quarter-Final earlier in January, winning 1-0, courtesy of Natasha Flint's late strike to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time.

Leicester also came on top in the league fixture at Hayes Lane, winning 4-1 thanks to Remi Allen's double as well as goals from Flint and Lachante Paul.

How to follow

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LCFC Women
LCFC Women

City are back on home turf this weekend after successive away matches.

Supporters can keep up to speed with all of Sunday's action from home by accessing LCFC Women's official social media channels.

Matchday build-up and regular in-game updates can be found on Twitter, while there will be plenty of behind-the-scenes content over on Instagram and Facebook

Following the full-time whistle at Farley Way Stadium, meanwhile, post-match reaction from the Foxes camp, including interviews and match highlights, will be available on LCFC TV.

All times GMT.

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