Everything you need to know ahead of City's FA Women's Super League clash against Reading...

When and where:

The game is set to take place at the Academy Stadium on Friday 26 October, kick-off at 7pm BST.

The match is being shown live in the UK on BT Sport 1. Alternatively, you can follow live on our Twitter @ManCityWomen for updates throughout the game.

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Team news

City

Karen Bardsley remains sidelined following an ankle injury, which our goalkeeper picked up while away with the Lionesses during the international break.

Lauren Hemp has begun her rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury during our Champions League home match against Atletico Madrid, while Pauline Bremer and Demi Stokes continue to make good progress.

All four players are targeting a return to full fitness by Christmas.

Reading

Natasha Harding may face her former club.

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The last time...

Reading condemned City to our first home defeat of 2018 with a 2-0 triumph at the Academy Stadium.

Remi Allen and Kirsty Pearce were on the scoresheet for the Royals, who were reduced to ten players with Jo Potter sent off late on.

Nick Cushing preview

“We always go into games with confidence but previous games have shown that if the level is not as high as it should be, you drop points.

“Tonight will be difficult and we’ve had two fewer recovery days but we want to be putting consistent runs together.”

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Officials

Referee: David McNamara 
Assistants: Adam Burgess and Drew Dutton
Fourth official: Scott Simpson

Form

City head into the clash on the back of three successive wins - including two high-scoring victories in our last outings: a 7-1 triumph over West Ham and a 6-0 win over Brighton.

Reading enter the encounter on a mixed run of form, having fallen to a 6-0 defeat to Arsenal last time out, after defeating Liverpool 1-0 and losing at home to Birmingham.

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Stats

Two goals for Nikita Parris would lift the forward top of the all-time FA Women's Super League scoring charts.