Reading will host fifth place Everton tomorrow in the hopes of taking their spot in the table. The two are currently on level points in the Women’s Super League.
Coming off the back of an emphatic win against Manchester United, the Royals will be pushing for a similar result. The Toffees have a strong and experienced enough squad to compete in the fixture, but will it be enough?
The home side have picked up crucial points in their last five matches. Taking four points from top three teams, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Big results are becoming familiar to Kelly Chambers’ side. They pulled off a draw against title challengers Manchester City at the start of the season. With confidence and chemistry, Reading could add Everton to their growing list of victims.
Scraping a draw against Birmingham City was Everton’s last result, with Danielle Turner’s 22nd minute goal ensuring them a point.
In their last run-out against United, Willie Kirk’s side couldn’t match Reading’s 2-0 performance. Instead, they were handed a 2-0 defeat, something Chambers will be looking at to build on.
Everton’s momentum at the start of the season may be fading, but a win here may resurrect that form.
Ones to watch
As a modern day full-back, Emma Mitchell has been on fire form recently. As well as being a solid stature in the defence, her forward play is vital in Reading’s success.
A combination of her vision and pinpoint crosses has granted her four assists this season. Set pieces are Mitchell’s specialty, so Everton will need to be careful of fouling anywhere near their ends of the pitch.
The former Gunner has recently been called up to the Scottish camp, so a good performance from her could help boost her chances of a Team GB spot.
The Blues have one of the strongest midfields in the league, boasting Jill Scott and Lucy Graham to name a couple. But experienced Lioness Izzy Christiansen has been their stand-out this season so far.
The No.8 is a constant driving force in the engine room. Her quick change of pace and drop of the shoulder almost imminent. Her defending from the front and high press grants Everton time to prey, ready to go at any sight of an opponent’s slip up.
Vocal, powerful and smart, Christiansen could be the difference for the away side’s performance and points.
The last time these two sides locked horns, they both came away a point better off. Everton created more chances to go ahead and score but couldn’t deliver.
Possession, passes and shots on target were pretty equal. Natasha Harding was the hero for the Royals in the last fixture. Her form since has been just as good, so she may have a say again.
One goal each on the day saw a ration in points, they now share level points with 18 in total in the league. A win for Reading would swap their standings, putting them in touching distance from top four.
These are two strong squads with a lot to play for. It really cant be said which way it’ll go.