Natasha Flint

Match Preview: LCFC Women vs. Charlton Athletic Women

LCFC Women face Charlton Athletic at King Power Stadium in the final FA Women's Championship fixture of the season on Sunday (2pm kick-off).
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- LCFC Women take on Charlton Athletic on Sunday, playing at King Power Stadium for the first time
- The 2pm kick-off will be available to watch live and for free on 
LCFC TV via LCFC.com from 1:45pm 
- Champions City will lift the FA Women's Championship trophy after the game
- The Foxes are set to compete in the Barclays FA Women's Super League next season

The Foxes will be presented with the league trophy following their first-ever match on Filbert Way, which is set to bring the curtain down on an incredible title-winning campaign.

Here's everything you need to know about this weekend's encounter with the Addicks...

The Foxes camp

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LCFC Women
LCFC Women

After sealing the title against London City Lionesses, the Foxes will lift the FA Women's Championship trophy this weekend.

Leicester will be aiming to return to winning ways following last weekend's 1-0 reverse at Lewes Women - a first defeat in 13 league games.

The Foxes can reach a total of 50 points with a victory on Sunday and have so far scored half a century of goals in their 19 matches. Forward Natasha Flint is currently second in the Championship's top scorer charts, on 16 strikes, two behind Sheffield United's Katie Wilkinson. 

There's still a Vitality Women's FA Cup Fifth Round tie with Manchester United to come in two weeks' time, but before then, City can celebrate their historic promotion to the Barclays FA Women's Super League.

Ones to watch

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Jess King
Jess King

Jess King scored the winner in Charlton's recent success over Durham.

Jess King has been in good goalscoring form since signing from Lewes last summer, finding the net five times in 18 Championship appearances, including the only goal away at Blackburn Rovers to secure the club's first win of the season. The 28-year-old forward started her career at Liverpool and also played for Everton before plying her trade abroad with FC Basel, FF USV Jena and Kolbotn IL.

Alongside King as Charlton's joint-top scorer is versatile midfielder Lois Heuchan. The former Scotland youth international played college football for the University of Kansas before signing for French side Le Havre for the 2018/19 season. The 25-year-old is now into her second season with the Addicks and has played more minutes than any other Charlton player in 2020/21. 

Opposition form guide

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Charlton Athletic Women
Charlton Athletic Women

The Addicks are unbeaten in five games in all competitions, winning their last three.

Charlton have enjoyed an impressive run of form since Karen Hills took over as manager in March 2021, remaining undefeated in all competitions since her arrival. Following back-to-back draws with Crystal Palace and London City Lionesses, they sealed their first win under Hill by beating London Bees 3-1.

They secured a 2-1 victory over second-place Durham last time out, thanks to goals from Beth Lumsden and Jess King, rising up to seventh in the second tier standings in the process. The Addicks are also through to the Vitality Women's FA Cup Fifth Round after a 2-1 win over Oxford United in extra-time.

Talking points

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Lia Cataldo
Lia Cataldo

City midfielder Lia Cataldo has been speaking to the media ahead of Sunday's game.

Manager Jonathan Morgan on playing at King Power Stadium for the first time: "It's massive. It's a historic moment for us, for the girls, to play at King Power Stadium. It's just another fantastic gesture and intention shown by the Club and the girls are relishing the opportunity and just thankful to be allowed to play in the stadium and hopefully many more times in the future as well."

LCFC Women midfielder Lia Cataldo reflects on the promotion-winning season as a whole: "There's been a lot of challenges but I think as a team we've dealt with those really well and, to get to where we are now, that's been the aim all season throughout. All we've ever said is to get that promotion and we will do whatever it takes to get there and you can see that."

Last time out

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Natasha Flint
Natasha Flint

Natasha Flint fired home City's first goal of the afternoon, before Remi Allen made the game safe.

City were 2-0 victors when they travelled to The Oakwood in December 2020, earning all three points thanks to goals in each half from Natasha Flint and Remi Allen, following a red card for Charlton's Ella Rutherford, to keep the Foxes at the Championship's summit for a second successive week. 

How to follow

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Remi Allen
Remi Allen

LCFC Women are set to play at King Power Stadium for the first time on Sunday.

From 1:45pm on Sunday, LCFC TV, via LCFC.com, will bring you all the build-up to the game before kick-off follows at 2pm on Filbert Way, with commentator Dan Bates joined by co-commentator and former LCFC Women, Liverpool and Aston Villa star Chloe Jones live on air.

After the full-time whistle, post-match reaction from the Foxes camp, including interviews and match highlights, will be available on LCFC TV. You must be a Digital Member of LCFC.com to access the free stream, and you can sign up HERE.

All times BST.

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