Reading FC Women will be looking to make it four wins in a row when they host Birmingham City at Madejski on Sunday in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League.
Coming hot on the heels of an impressive 4-0 victory on Wednesday in the Continental Cup against Charlton Athletic, Kelly Chambers’ side will be looking to ride the recent wave of momentum and secure another three points.
The Royals bounced back from a disappointing opening day of the 2020-21 season 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 hot the ground running securing all three points last Sunday away to West Ham with a 1-0 win, before the midweek Conti Cup victory.
With three wins out of four and two cleansheets since the international break, the Royals will be looking to capitalise on the recent trend of impressive team performances.
Reading are currently sat in 6th position in the FA Barclays Women’s Super League table, just a single point behind Chelsea in 3rd. Birmingham are yet to win in league action so far this season, having fallen to Brighton, Manchester United and Champions Chelsea.
The last time we met…
Due to both a waterlogged pitch at Solihull Moors back in September of last year, plus the covid-19 pandemic bringing a premature end to the 2019-20 season, Reading and Birmingham only met on one occasion during the last campaign.
The Royals hosted Birmingham at Adams Park in January, where a first half goal from Amalie Eikeland sealed a 1-0 victory for Kelly Chambers’ side, taking them to 4th in the league at the time.
On her side’s recent run of good form, Manager Kelly Chambers said, “The Arsenal game was what it was, and it was important that we bounced back and did what we did against Villa. The girls have come back from the international break really focused and have worked hard on a lot of things, including being defensively stronger. Three wins in a row and two cleansheets on the bounce take us into good stead on Sunday.”
“They’re a strong side even though they’ve had a lot of changes in their squad,“ Chambers continued, turning her attention to Sunday’s opponents Birmingham City. “They’re got a point to prove in the league and we know how difficult they always are, regardless of who they have or haven’t got in their team, so we’re going to be organised.
“We’re expecting a tough game, but we’ve had a good run of games now and some great results, so we need to make sure that that momentum continues.”
Reading FC Women v Birmingham City Women | Sunday 11 November | 2pm | Madejski Stadium | Watch Live on the FA Player