Vitality Women’s FA Cup Quarter-Finals preview

Vitality Women's FA Cup 6th Round Proper

Sunday 19 March brings the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Quarter-Finals, with two Championship sides hosting WSL opposition.

Lewes have perhaps the biggest game in their history when entertaining Manchester United in the televised lunchtime kick-off.

Head coach Scott Booth told “I think it’s really important that we prepare the same way we don’t change too much, and telling the players to do something they’re not used to.

“Everyone needs to connect with what we’re trying to do and it’s important that the mentality is that it’s any other week, any other game, because of course the occasion itself, the day, the match, at the Pan, it’ll be obvious it’s a big game.

“It’ll be brilliant for the players playing in front of a sell-out crowd and that is why it was so important we got this tie at home, because it gives the home fans the chance to really feel part of it.”

Birmingham City take on a Brighton side that has not had the happiest of league campaigns to date, sitting just a point above the relegation place. City defeated the Seagulls 3-2 in a Conti Cup tie at St. Andrew’s in October.

The first of two all top-flight clashes puts Reading against holders Chelsea. The Blues beat the Royals 3-2 at Kingsmeadow in December, when Kirsty Chambers side threatened a comeback after falling 3-0 behind.

Aston Villa then welcome Manchester City for the evening match, having had a win and a draw with them this season. Villa won a seven-goal thriller in the opening weekend and drew 1-1 at the City Stadium in January.

Quarter-Finals – Sunday 19 March 

Lewes v Manchester United (Lewes FC, 12:30pm) – live on BBC Red Button/iPlayer/BBC Sport Website/The FA Player
Birmingham City v Brighton & Hove Albion (St.Andrews Stadium, 2pm) live on The FA Player
Reading v Chelsea (Reading FC, 2pm) live on The FA Player
Aston Villa v Manchester City (Walsall FC, 6pm) live on The FA Player

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