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5 reasons to be at Aston Villa Women vs Brighton

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5 reasons to be at Aston Villa Women vs Brighton

Aston Villa Women play at home for the first time in 2020 when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The table topping Villans will be looking to pull off a shock against the top tier Seagulls when they meet at Boldmere St Michaels FC (3pm kick-off).

Here are five reasons why you should be there…

1] Back the underdog

Super League Brighton start the match as favourites, but many pundits will be looking at this tie for a possible giant killing.

The South Coast side have struggled for form this season and they’re currently ninth in the 12-team table after winning two of their 13 matches.

Meanwhile, Villa are flying at the top of the FA Women’s Championship and are unbeaten in their 12 league matches.

Gemma Davies’ side have also shown they can compete against sides from the division above by dispatching Liverpool and losing narrowly to Chelsea in the League Cup.

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2] Home comforts

Since a 2-1 loss to London Bees in November 2018, Aston Villa Women have lost only one match at Boldmere St Michaels.

That defeat came in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals last season, when Super League West Ham United earned a narrow 1-0 victory.

Playing at Boldmere, with a vocal crowd behind them, is certainly an advantage for Villa as they look to spring a surprise.

3] Playing with style

Aston Villa have won a lot of games so far this season, and they’ve done it in great style.

From the goalkeeper through to the strikers, every player has bought into the style that Head Coach Gemma Davies wants them to play.

If you’re in the stands on Sunday, you’ll see a team that likes to dominate possession, commit numbers in attack and relentless press the opposition when they don’t have the ball.

If Villa are on form, the entry fee (£7 adults and £3 concessions) will be well worth it.

4] Magic of the cup

While some of the sparkle may have disappeared from the men’s FA Cup, the women’s edition remains a special tournament for every club.

Last season Villa were the lowest ranked team to reach the last eight, and their run to the Quarter-Finals was a memorable one.

Playing at home to Sheffield United in the Fourth Round last year, Villa were seemingly on their way out when they trailed 3-1 with five minutes left.

But Jodie Hutton completed her hat-trick with the last kick of the game to send it to extra-time before she netted the winning penalty in the shoot-out.

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5] A club on the up

The appointment of former Lioness Eniola Aluko as Sporting Director of Women’s Football earlier this week highlighted the progress of the club.

A decorated player with over 100 caps for her country, Aluko’s hiring is a statement of intent as the club look to become one of the leading women’s teams in the country.

And with things going so well on the pitch, there has never been a better time to support Aston Villa Women.

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By @GregStyles91 23rd January 2020