Following a disappointing game against Barcelona, Man City will be keen to put the 3-0 defeat behind them and push for a win against Reading.
Man City currently sit in second in the Women’s Super League table and a win will help the hosts in their relentless chase of leaders Chelsea. A victory for Reading would allow them to leap two places into fifth, behind Everton. The last time the two teams met in October, the clash ended in a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium.
Current league form
City go into the clash unbeaten in the league since October 11th, when they suffered a defeat against title rivals Chelsea. The loss at Kingsmeadow is the only defeat the Sky Blues have faced in the league this season.
Reading have suffered five defeats, with the visitors having the highest number of draws in the league. With their only win in their last five coming against Manchester United in February, Reading will be hoping to stop another Manchester-based team in their tracks.
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Whilst Man City have had a fairly continuous stream of injuries this season, the loss of their captain Steph Houghton may be the biggest blow Gareth Taylor has faced. Taylor confirmed that the defender would be out for a minimum of two weeks with an achilles injury. With the No.6 being a vital part of the Blues’ defence, and games scheduled every few days, Taylor will need to ensure his team is able to cope with their skippers absence.
Ones to watch
During her team’s unimpressive performance on Wednesday, Lauren Hemp was arguably one of City’s stand out players. The No.15 has shone all season, bagging eight goals in all competitions despite spending a period on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury.
With a talent for both setting up and scoring goals, Hemp will be a vital player for Man City if they want to avoid one of Reading’s trademark draws.
The midfielder scored her first senior goal for Reading during their 3-2 loss to Bristol earlier this month. Emma Harries signed her first professional contract for the Royals in January, having made her way into the senior squad this season.
With her speed and deft runs, Harries could prove a nuisance to the Man City defence.