Chelsea will look to clinch the Barclays FA Women’s Super League title with a win over Reading at Kingsmeadow on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at The Hive on Wednesday night to stay above title challengers Manchester City. In order to leave for the UEFA Women’s Champions League final in Gothenburg next weekend with the Barclays FA Women’s Super League trophy in hand, The Blues will need to equal or better the result of the The Citizens who currently trail them by two points and have a three-goal disadvantage in the goal difference.
Chelsea will take on The Royals without Norwegian international defender Maren Mjelde who is recovering from surgery while The Blues are not thought to have any other injury concerns. Last time out against Spurs, Blues boss Emma Hayes made five changes due to the pressures of their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign, however, in a press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, she spoke of treating this game as a cup final which may see her revert back to a stronger line-up.
Reading come into the game on a high after recording their first home league victory in more than seven months against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend. Battling back from a manic minute which saw them surrender a two-goal lead, Kelly Chambers’ side inevitably powered to a 3-2 victory and they will be looking to build on that against Chelsea.
This weekend’s fixture marks a romantic end to Reading retiree Fara Williams’ career. She is returning to where in all began at Chelsea. Against Brighton & Hove Albion, the ex-England international had a premature exit with a knock and it is hoped that she will be fit to appear for a final time. Reading will most likely be without defender Emma Mitchell who continues to battle against her injury.
The Royals are bidding to end the campaign in sixth place in the table which could be achieved if they better Brighton & Hove Albion’s result against Bristol City.
Chelsea’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League title-decider against Reading at Kingsmeadow is scheduled to kick-off at 2:30pm on Sunday afternoon and will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.