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Reading back in action in RG2

12 February 2021

Reading FC Women will look to continue the momentum following their away win against Manchester United last weekend when Everton visit Madejski this Sunday.

After becoming the first side to defeat Manchester United at Leigh Sports Stadium in over a year last weekend, Reading will be looking to capitalise on an incredible team performance when they take on Everton on Sunday.

Everton sit on the same points as the Royals in the Women’s Super League table, having played two less games, and Sunday’s victor will end the weekend in 5th place.

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Everton’s recent form guide

Everton started the season in superb form, winning their first four league fixtures as well as reaching the final of last season’s resumed Women’s FA Cup competition. Since then, Everton have just one win from their last eight league outings leaving them in 5th, five points adrift of 4th placed Arsenal. As a result, this Sunday’s fixture will no doubt be seen as vital for Everton if they are indeed to make a challenge on the top four places. Since their 1-1 home draw with Reading last November, their solitary success has been a 4-0 home win over Bristol City. They have lost at home to both Manchester sides and lost a heavy 4-0 at Arsenal. Last weekend saw a 1-1 home draw with Birmingham City. Everton’s 22 WSL goals scored this season have been shared between 10 players - leading the way with 4 apiece are Scottish international Lucy Graham and England midfielder Izzy Christiansen.  

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Everton’s squad details – an update

Everton boss Willie Kirk has recently had more options available with the likes of Valerie Gauvin, Claire Emslie and Simone Magill all returning from injury. In addition, the squad has been strengthened by the arrival of two players well known to Reading. Midfielder Jill Scott has returned to Everton on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season. Scott enjoyed a successful seven-year spell with the Blues between 2006 and 2013. Also joining on loan for the remainder of the season is Swiss international forward Alisha Lehmann. The 22-year-old has made a habit of scoring some important goals against Reading over the last couple of years for her parent club, West Ham United.

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A Previous home fixture with Everton revisited

The Royals boast an impressive home record against Everton. Back in 2017-18, Kelly Chambers’ side turned in an impressive 3-0 victory with goals from Remi Allen, Lauren Bruton and Kirsty Pearce. The following season a brace from Brooke Chaplen secured a 2-1 win. Last season’s meeting at Adams Park in October 2019 was a five-goal thriller with the Royals coming out on top 3-2. The game had a frantic start. In the 6th minute Jade Moore headed home a Fara Williams’ free kick, but this was cancelled out just three minutes later when Chloe Kelly tapped home from close range. With just 17 minutes on the clock, Moore restored the Royals’ advantage when she headed a Williams’ corner past visiting keeper Korpela. Everton though equalised for a second time six minutes later when Lucy Graham converted a penalty. In the second half the Royals were in charge, enjoying some lengthy spells of possession, then, twenty minutes from time the winning goal finally arrived. From yet another Williams’ corner Norwegian striker Lisa-Marie Utland rose highest to head home at the far post. Kelly did miss a great chance to snatch a point but pulled her shot wide of Moloney’s goal. Having survived that scare Reading saw out the remaining minutes by holding on to the ball and ended worthy winners on the day.

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Reading FC Women v Everton Women | Sunday 14th February | Madejski Stadium | 2pm | Watch all the action live on the FA Player


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