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Leicester City WFC will play the biggest game in their short history this weekend when they will take on Everton for a place in the quarter finals of the F.A.Women's Cup.
Remi Allen will captain the Midland Combination side, who have lit up the competition after taking two Premier League scalps in successive rounds, and she told Women's Soccer Scene that her team will not be daunted by the task of taking a team packed with international players.
"It's a great opportunity for us and we're all looking forward to it," says Remi. "The pressure is on them as they are expected to win, and win well. We are going to go out and enjoy it, and hope we can nick something.
"This is our first chance to play a Premiership side in a competitive game and these are the matches you wait for, you always want to be playing against the best teams."
After having knocked out Northern Division leaders Nottingham Forest in the Third Round, Leicester followed up with another impressive 1-0 victory against Millwall Lionesses which gave them the distinction of winning the Team of the Round award for the second round running. "Hopefully it will be third time lucky," smiles Remi.
"We played well against Millwall. They put a lot of pressure on us in the first twenty minutes but we stood firm. After we scored the goal, they threw everything at us but our defenders played well. We also created chances at the other end and could have scored more goals ourselves."
Now Leicester must pit their wits against a team which has already reached one major final this year. Remi admits that it will be a different challenge as only goalkeeper Laura Niblett has played in the top flight. "It is new to nearly all of us to play Everton," she says. "We know all about them and their players - we can handle it but if we switch off, they can punish us.
"I have played with a few of the Everton players for England - Danielle Hill, Toni Duggan, Michelle Hinnigan, Fern Whelan and Natasha Dowie plus manager Mo Marley of course - but they probably won't know too much about us, how we play and our formation."
One spur for Leicester is that, four years ago, Everton suffered a shock Cup defeat to then Combination side Cardiff City, with a goal from Jessica Fishlock. "We have got respect for them because they are top players, but if you can win your individual battles and take your chances you can do anything," she says.
"To beat a Premiership side would be amazing, it would mean an awful lot to everybody at the club. Nobody is expecting us to win but there is no pressure on us and we can express ourselves - it can be done, we have just got to play with no fear."
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