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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 07:55 GMT 08:55 UK
Too close to call

By Hope Powell
England women's coach

This year's FA Women's Cup final is a great advertisement for women's football.

Charlton and Arsenal are two outstanding teams full of international players.

Charlton have already won the FA Premier League Cup and, with their league campaign now over, are in pole position to clinch the league title.

So an incredible domestic treble is still very much a possibility.

FA WOMEN'S CUP FINAL
Fara Williams
But Arsenal know that victory in the Cup final and then in their final league game of the season would see them win the double.

So it should be a fascinating game at Loftus Road.

Both teams are so close in ability it is impossible to pick a winner.

On the day it could come down to a simple mistake that leads to the winning goal.

As is in every game, whoever wins the midfield battle will win the game, and two of the best midfielders in the business will be on show on Monday.

Fara Williams missed much of last season with a back injury but has been integral to Charlton's success this year and was outstanding for England against Nigeria last week.

As is in every game, whoever wins the midfield battle will win the game
And Arsenal's prolific Welsh international midfielder Jayne Ludlow is as good as anyone on her day.

Other players to look out for are England captain Faye White in the centre of Arsenal's defence, and Charlton striker Amanda Barr, top goalscorer in the league this season.

But both sides are so full of talent, it's hard to pick out individuals.

For either side to win the Cup it is going to have to be a collective team effort and it could go either way.




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