Reading FC Women will host Manchester City on Sunday in league action in RG2 as they look to regain their previous form that saw them win three of their first four games of the season.
The Royals bounced back from a disappointing opening day of the 2020-21 campaign against Arsenal with a 3-1 victory against newly promoted Aston Villa at Madejski in a solid team performance. The international break followed, but Reading hit the ground running, securing consecutive wins away to West Ham and at home to Charlton in the Continental Cup.
The wave of momentum was halted last weekend in a frustrating affair against Birmingham City, in which Kelly Chambers’ side had the majority of possession, as well as twenty-two shots on the Birmingham goal, but walked away the wrong side of a 1-0 score-line after a 72nd minute goal against the run of play by the visiting side.
Manchester City currently sit in 5th place in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League, just a single point in front of Reading. So far this season they hold victories over Aston Villa and Tottenham, as well as a draw against Brighton & Hove Albion and a loss last weekend to current champions Chelsea.
The last time we met
The sides only encountered each other once in the 2019/20 campaign, before the season was disbanded due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Manchester City travelled to Adams Park for Reading’s first home game of the season, where a brace from Pauline Bremer saw the visiting side returning up north with all three points.
“We felt confident going into the Birmingham game,” Manager Kelly Chambers said. “We’d been on a good run, good momentum, good results. We went into that match feeling positive, but that’s football; that’s why people love it and hate it.
“Fair play to Birmingham, they made it as hard as possible, they changed shape a bit in the second-half. But again, we still found so many openings, but we just didn’t find the back of the net and if we’d have scored early, the game would have been very different.”
On Sunday’s opponents, Chambers continued, “We know that Man City have a fantastic side. We know what our strengths are and we know that they have struggled against that in recent times, so it’s a case of watching them, knowing what we need to do and bring them to the Madejski and giving them a real good game and hopefully one we can get a result from.”
Reading FC Women v Manchester City Women | Sunday October 18th | 2pm | Madejski Stadium | Watch Live on the FA Player