Preview | Can Southampton cause an upset?


Southampton beat Portishead Town 4-0 last time out in the FA Cup. Photo credit Ken Dear.

Three rounds completed and Southampton find themselves against Tier Three opposition in the Second Round Proper of the Women's FA Cup.


Milton Keynes Dons of the FA Women's National League, Southern Premier Division visit the Bypass Ground sitting in 10th place.


It's been a tough season for MK who haven't won a game in 90 minutes since the start of September.


They began the 2019/20 season with victories over Chichester City and Keynsham Town in the league plus a 4-0 win over Swindon Town in the League Cup, all of which came on the road.


Playing their home games at Stadium MK home of their male counterparts they haven't faired so well on the pitch although they have seen increased interest averaging 711 in their four home ties.


MK have progressed to the Third Round of the National League Cup but in the last two rounds were taken all the way to penalties by Cardiff City and AFC Basildon.


Their last game was the tie with AFC Basildon where even after six goals the two sides could not be separated and it was MK who kept their cool winning 3-0 from the spot.


For Southampton, it's been a two week break since the Hampshire Cup defeat to Moneyfields as the rain postponed the league fixture with Larkhall Athletic.


The Reds have enjoyed success in the FA Cup and have conceded just the one goal in this year's competition, winning 2-0, 3-1 and 4-0 against Marine Academy Plymouth, AFC Bournemouth and Portishead Town.


In recent years the Second Round is the furthest the team have reached last time achieved in 2016/17 where the team exited the competition against Cambridge United, losing 4-0.


Jane Yeates and Erin Bloomfield has scored three goals each to get the team to this stage with both looking to add to their tallies alongside taking the scalp of higher opposition.


Taking the recent form for both sides into consideration and the 2-2 draw the two sides played out back in pre-season, where Kellie Warren had a camo in goal, it is set to be tight encounter.


Goals can be expected as there has been an average of 4.3 goals across Southampton's 14 fixtures this season.




MATCHDAY


Come along to the Bypass Ground for the 2:00pm kick-off in the Women's FA Cup.


The gates are open from 1:00pm and fans can pay on the gate; entry is £4 for adults, £2 for concessions and all accompanied under-16s get in for free.


Cold and hot drinks plus a selection of snacks will be available to purchase on the day as will be our match day programme.


Inside Sunday's programme is an exclusive interview with the club's current longest-serving player Kellie Warren where we talk form, new partnerships, the FA Cup and starting up her own gym.


Purchase your copy on the turnstiles, limited availability, for just £1.

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