A general ground view. England U21 v Poland U21 International football match, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, UK - 21 Mar 2019 Photo: James Marsh for The FA

PREVIEW: Bristol City v Reading

Bristol City will be looking to move out of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s relegation zone when they face Reading at Ashton Gate tonight.

The Robins enjoyed an upturn in form prior to the international break, recording their first victory of the season whilst reaching the final of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.

Matt Beard’s side will be hoping that their work during the international break will allow them to bounce back from their 5-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out. Bristol City will move above West Ham United into 11th place should they defeat Reading this evening.

Speaking via Bristol City’s official media channels this week, Beard expressed his delight at the opportunity to play at Ashton Gate, an occasion which he hopes his players will grasp with both hands.

The Robins will be without captain Jas Matthews and youngster Kiera Skeels for their fixture against Reading. During the international break, Matthews received surgery on a foot injury which she sustained earlier in the season while loanee Skeels is unable to play against her parent club.

Last week, Reading boss Kelly Chambers was nominated for the Manager of the Month award after her side achieved an impressive away victory against Manchester United in February. Chambers will be wanting to build on this personal accolade by recording back-to-back Barclays FA Women’s Super League away wins for the first time since April 2019. That feat included a victory over tonight’s night opponents.

Another accolade on offer, sees Reading forward Danielle Carter looking to become the 15th different player to be involved in 50 goals in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League while Welsh international Natasha Harding looks to continue her February form that saw her nominated for a Player of the Month award.

The Royals boss Chambers hasn’t announced any new injuries or absentees and expects the return of youngster Emma Harries to the side.

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture between Bristol City and Reading is scheduled to kick-off at 8.15pm and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1

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