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What to look out for this weekend

The FA Women's Continental League Cup returns

After midweek European action, The FA Women’s Continental League Cup returns this weekend for the third instalment of group stage fixtures.

Reigning champions Arsenal head to the Dripping Pan where they will face an in-form Lewes side that will be buoyed by their impressive 3-0 win over Millwall last weekend.

While Joe Montemurro’s side will prove a sterner test for the Championship side, the Group 2 South table toppers will have to be at their best to prevent Arsenal from going top of the pile after Vivianne Miedema’s hattrick on Sunday.

Meanwhile, West Ham line-up against Millwall.

Can the Blues stay unblemished?

Reigning FA Women’s Super League champions Chelsea are yet to be beaten so far this season and manager Emma Hayes will be expecting her side to deliver when they travel to Crystal Palace.

Also unbeaten in Group 1 South, FA Women’s Championship side Palace will be hoping their opponents ring the changes after Chelsea’s 5-0 defeat of SFK 2000 on Wednesday as they look to pull off a surprise win.

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Bottom of Group 1 South heading into the weekend, Brighton and Hove Albion have the chance to notch up their first win of the cup campaign when they face London Bees.

Yeovil Town take on Tottenham Hotspur in the same group.

Will the Vixens avoid more hard yards?

Two-time Cup winners Manchester City head to FA WSL stalwarts Bristol City on Sunday, where the top two sides in Group 1 North face-off.

The Vixens may be hoping the game doesn’t go the distance again, with Tanya Oxtoby’s side losing via a penalty shoot-out against Leicester City and their opponents Manchester City beating Birmingham City on penalties in the first round of matches.

Meanwhile, two-time runners-up Birmingham City take on Sheffield United after a win and a losing draw from their opening clashes.

Leicester City also host an Aston Villa side keen to turn around their fortunes following their heavy loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

A Royal comeback?

Elsewhere, Group 2 North table toppers Reading travel to fellow FA WSL side Everton, who will be looking to kickstart their cup campaign after a shock defeat to Durham last time out.

But Kelly Chambers will be looking to avoid complacency and add to the Royals opening two victories against Manchester United and Durham.

FA WSL side Liverpool are aiming to bounce back from their defeat to Manchester United when they take on Durham at New Ferens Park on Sunday.

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