The Big Match Preview – Reading FC vs Manchester City (WSL)

Manchester City return to WSL action this weekend following an emphatic 7-1 victory in the Champions League on Thursday. The Blues, much like in the Manchester Derby, produced a brilliant second half performance to all but book their place in the quarter finals. Now, all attentions turn to Adams Park on Sunday as we look to make it back to back wins in the league.

The euphoria of winning a Manchester Derby always does take over, and I can’t blame any fan for focusing on that. But even we must admit that we didn’t play to our full capabilities on Sunday. The first half in particular was very poor as we allowed Manchester United to dominate possession and didn’t really create a clear cut opportunity of our own.

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Caroline Weir’s heroics were the difference in the second half where our general play improved, but a lack of chances created meant our dominance wasn’t solidified. Nick Cushing at HT really did make his feelings known and the girls will know they have to improve to beat a stubborn Reading side.

Speaking of Reading, they also got off to a winning start at Liverpool. An expertly dispatched free-kick from Fara Williams MBE was the difference there as the visitors picked up the three points.

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Tomorrow’s game could be a very tense affair, with both sides looking to maintain their 100% starts to the season. City, with the injury to Georgia Stanway, will be looking to Pauline Bremer to be the difference in front of goal that she was on Thursday.

One things for sure, we have all the capabilities to beat Reading, but we have to play like we know we can. And Thursdays second half performance was the perfect script to copy. I’m edging towards a 2-1 City win.

Predicted XI

Roebuck, Mannion, Houghton, Bonner, Stokes, Scott, Walsh, Weir, Wullaert, Beckie, Bremer

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