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Crystal Palace Women v Sunderland Ladies - Barclays FA Women’s Championship

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Score Predictions: The Lasses are back at the SoL today, but can they remain unbeaten?

Sussex-side Lewes FC will be a tough test, but our team are predicting another positive result for Mel Reay’s table-topping Sunderland Ladies.

Will our Clauds be able to keep the likes of Umotong at bay this weekend?
| Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images

It’s Game Week 4, and with the hosts of the FA Women’s Championship Highlights Show split over who will come out on top at the Stadium of Light - Rosie predicting a 1-0 win for Lewes and Mollie forecasting a 3-1 victory for Sunderland - we asked our panel to have a go at calling this one...

Katie Hume predicts... a narrow win for Sunderland

The games against Lewes is the first time we’ve faced them, so it’s quite difficult to know what to expect from them.

After a brilliant goal on international duty, I’m expecting Maria Farrugia to have more confidence with shooting from distance. Our backline has been solid all season and I expect that to continue. I’m predicting a 1-0 win.

Graeme Field Predicts... more success at the Stadium of Light!

It seems like an age since the last Sunderland Ladies game. I’m really looking forward to this one. Lewes are an established Championship side and will provide a real threat to the lasses unbeaten record. Rhian Cleverly will be skippering the Lewes side in what she will hope to be their second win of the season. The Sunderland backline will be well aware of the threat of forward Ini-Abasi Umotong and will hope to keep her as quiet as possible on Sunday afternoon.

Sunderland have plenty of quality of their own, epecially with captain Keira Ramshaw very likely to return to the starting lineup after injury. Whoever misses out on the starting lineup, will feel disappointed, but when Ramshaw is fit, she plays, it’s a simple as that as far as I’m concerned.

The lasses will look to be solid at the back, with the impressive Claudia Moan between the sticks. The central midfield of Kelly and Herron will provide the craft and energy to create the openings for our front players. With both sides raring to go after the international break, it will make for an entertaining game.

Prediction - 2-1 home win for Sunderland.

Crystal Palace Women v Sunderland Ladies - Barclays FA Women’s Championship Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images

Ant Waterson predicts... Three goals for the Lasses, and one for Lewes!

Despite the club making an utter mess of the ticket details, I’m looking forward to the game. Lewes are established and really well-known side, and will relish playing at the SoL. But, I still think we will win.

Sunderland are high in confidence and I can’t see them losing this one. I’m going for a 3-1 win with Farrugia, Potts and Ramshaw scoring. Good luck lasses.

Crystal Palace Women v Sunderland Ladies - Barclays FA Women’s Championship Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images

Rich Speight predicts... a tough match and another score draw!

Lewes are a very experienced, very talented, very well-run side. They’ve got all the data and analytics that we have, and a lot of their team are full-timers with experience in the WSL and elsewhere.

There’s a chance some of their players may be overawed by playing in the biggest arena in the FA Women’s Championship, but I doubt it somehow. With a game less under their belts, and a good win against London City Lionesses last time out, I get the impression they’re not yet in top gear.

Sunderland, on the other hand, have made a flying start to the season, and with Captain Keys back in the lineup alongside the wealth of pacey young talent t our disposal, we’re going to score goals. I just hope the international break hasn’t taken away the momentum we built up in the first three fixtures,

Overall, this one has me thinking we’re going to see goals galore - so I’ll go for an exciting 3-3 draw that feels like a win, with Ramshaw once again popping up with the equaliser in the closing minutes to send the fans home happy, and maybe she’ll bag the Championship spot at the end of the Women’s Football Show tonight along the way.


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