Reading dug out with Subs bibs on bench Reading Women v West Ham United Women SSE Women's FA Cup Semi Final football match, Adams Park Stadium, Wycombe, UK - 14 Apr 2019 Photo: Paul Gregory for The FA

PREVIEW: Reading v Birmingham City

Reading and Birmingham City will both be keen to return to winning ways in the FA Women’s Super League when the pair meet at Adams Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Royals were defeated 3-1 at Chelsea last weekend while Birmingham City lost their opening match of 2020 at Arsenal.

The home side go into the match in need to improving their defensive record with only Brighton & Hove Albion and Bristol City having conceded more goals in the FA Women’s Super League this season. Kelly Chambers’ side have not kept a clean sheet since their 1-0 victory at Liverpool on opening day.

The Royals are set to be without goalkeeper Grace Moloney for their fixture against the Blues following the player’s red card last weekend. Rachael Laws in set to deputise in-between the sticks. Chambers is likely to keep faith with most of her starting XI from last weekend with Reading having started well at Kingsmeadow prior to Moloney’s dismissal.

Birmingham City’s continued improvement of later hit a stumbling block as they lost 2-0 at Arsenal, although they didn’t really disgrace themselves in that match. Blues boss Marta Tejedor has been busy in the transfer market this week and she could call upon new signings Georgia Brougham and Emma Kelly for the trip to Buckinghamshire.

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm with admission available on the gate for both sets of supporters.

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