A general view of the Madejski Stadium, home of Reading Women FC Reading Women v Aston Villa Women, WSL football match, The Madejski Stadium, Reading, UK - 13 Sep 2020 Photo: Robin Parker for The FA

PREVIEW: Reading v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to end a four-game losing run in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League when they face Reading at The Madejski Stadium this afternoon.

Last weekend, Spurs were unable to make their chances count as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion at The People’s Pension Stadium, resulting in Rehanne Skinner’s side extending their unwanted winless streak to four games.

Ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Reading, head coach Skinner shared an injury update confirming that the North Londoners have no new absentees. The good news is that there have been major steps forward in the progress of returning players such as goalkeeper Becky Spencer, defender Hannah Godfrey and forward Rachel Williams, although the trio may not feature this afternoon in Berkshire.

Skinner is hoping to use the journey to The Madejski Stadium not only to return to winning ways. She believes that the match provides a great opportunity for the club’s new signings and young players, such as defender Esther Morgan, to experience playing in a top level arena before taking on Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium towards the end of this month. Ultimately, Spurs will be¬†wanting to create some distance between themselves and what is becoming a close battle at the bottom of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table.

Reading boss Kelly Chambers will be without Rachel Rowe who is suspended following her dismissal towards the end of the club’s 3-2 defeat to Bristol City on Monday night. Defeat at Ashton Gate ended a four-game unbeaten streak, however, The Royals are still unbeaten at home since losing 5-0 to Chelsea in January.

Essentially, Reading have secured mid-table obscurity, although Chambers has previously stated a desire to use the remaining games to create consistency within her side’s performances. This season, Reading have struggled to pull consecutive wins together and have recorded more draws than any other team in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture between Reading and Tottenham Hotspur is scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm and will be broadcast live on the FA Player.

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