We take an in-depth look at Reading FC Women's opponents Manchester City ahead of our clash at Madejski Stadium on Sunday.
City have made five headline signings to bolster their already star-studded squad. Young England striker Chloe Kelly made the short journey from Merseyside and has already found the net four times this season. Lucy Bronze the 2019 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year has returned to City after helping Olympique Lyonnais win nine trophies in her three seasons in France. Making the same journey from Lyon was England left back Alex Greenwood who was previously skipper of the red side of Manchester. Meanwhile the arrival of United States World Cup winners Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis has given Manger Gareth Taylor additional options in City’s midfield. 25-year old Lavelle is nearing a half century of international caps while Mewis, now 27, first appeared for the United States senior side in 2014 and has 18 international goals against her name.
City's WSL Form
W D W L | Current position 5th
Manchester City are already five points adrift of joint table toppers Arsenal and Everton, and three points behind Chelsea and local rivals Manchester United, all the sides having played four games to date. City suffered their first WSL defeat of the season at the hands of arch-rivals Chelsea last weekend. This followed their 0-2 defeat to the Londoners in last month’s Community Shield. At the end of the campaign, City may well rue the two points dropped at home in a 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion. City’s league victories have been a 2-0 opening day win at newly promoted Aston Villa, and a 4-1 home success against Tottenham Hotspur.
City have also been in action in last season’s resumed FA Cup competition. In the quarter final they won through 2-1 at Leicester City – the side who had beaten Kelly Chambers’ team in round 5 last February. City then beat Arsenal 2-1 to set up a Wembley showdown with Everton at Wembley in two weeks’ time.
Last season’s only meeting between the teams came early on at Adams Park when two goals from German international Pauline Bremer saw City return north with a 2-0 win. This continued City’s winning sequence at Adams Park. The March 2019 meeting was a 7-goal thriller. City were coasting at 4-1 thanks to a Nikita Parris hat-trick but the Royals fought back superbly and goals from Fara Williams (penalty) and Kirsty Pearce had City desperately holding on at the end. Back in May 2017 it looked like the Royals were heading for victory when Lauren Bruton’s penalty put the hosts 2-1 ahead with just 16 minutes left. City though once again took the spoils with late strikes from Parris and Jill Scott.
Reading FC Women v Manchester City Women | Madejski Stadium | Sunday 18th October | 2pm | Watch live on the FA Player