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PREVIEW: Birmingham City v Reading

Birmingham City will be hoping to edge further away from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s relegation zone with victory over Reading at the SportNation.bet Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The Blues sit just one point and two places above bottom club Bristol City with four games remaining, although they have two games in hand on The Robins.

Birmingham City have not won in the league since November when they defeated local rivals Aston Villa 1-0 at Villa Park but they will have plenty of confidence following a 5-1 win over Coventry United in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup last weekend.

Head coach Carla Ward has called on her side to improve on their performance against second tier side Coventry United. It took Birmingham City more than an hour before they opened up a comfortable advantage on Jay Bradford’s side and Ward sees plenty of room for improvement this weekend.

The Blues announced the departure of midfielder Chloe McCarron on Friday with the player having returned home to Northern Ireland for personal reasons. Otherwise, Ward is thought to have a fully fit squad available.

Visitors Reading sit seventh in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table and are without a win in six games. The Royals lost 3-2 after extra-time to Tottenham Hotspur in their last outing in the fourth round of the Vitality Women’s FA cup last weekend. With just pride left to play for, Reading manager Kelly Chambers is keen to see her side can finish the season as strong as possible.

Birmingham City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Reading is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm tomorrow afternoon and will be available for fans to stream live on the FA Player.

 

Article author: Matthew Ward

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