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Wednesday 16 March 2022
Kickoff at 19:00 GMT
Academy Stadium,North Gate, Etihad Campus 400 Ashton New Rd Manchester M11 4TQ

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


When and where

Gareth Taylor’s side welcome Reading to the Academy Stadium on Wednesday 16 March, with kick-off scheduled for 19:00 (UK).

The game is available to watch live on the FA Player, while you can also follow minute-by-minute updates of all the action via our Matchday Centre and keep across the key moments from the Academy Stadium over on Twitter: @ManCityWomen.

A detailed match report and reaction from Gareth Taylor and players alike will also be made available soon after the final whistle, while highlights and a full-match replay can be accessed from 12:00 on Thursday 17 March.

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Team News

Gareth Taylor says Ellie Roebuck is available to face Reading in Wednesday’s Women’s Super League fixture, while Ruby Mace could also make her return from injury after missing our last three matches.

Indeed, the City boss insisted that Roebuck's substitution following a heavy collision with Spurs' Ashleigh Neville in our most recent encounter was merely a precaution.

Taylor also revealed that Vicky Losada's is going well, but that our fixture against the Royals would come too soon for her return.

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“Of course (Reading can still qualify for Europe). These teams, whether they have seven or eight games left, there is quite a lot going on. Everyone will have different objectives.

“But for us it is about us, maintaining the good work from the weekend and backing it up with another performance.

“It's just about going out and playing our way and hopefully being successful in that. Where it moves us to doesn't matter.

“We know getting three points on the board is conducive to being successful. We are trying to focus on each game rather than looking too far ahead.

"They're quite a direct team, have good pace in behind and pose some real threats to any team."

Previous Meeting

City are yet to face Reading this season, with our last meeting coming in the final furlongs of the 2020/21 FA WSL title race.

Chloe Kelly stabbed home from Lauren Hemp’s cross to hand Gareth Taylor’s side a dramatic late win at the Academy Stadium.

The victory extended City’s winning league run to 11 matches and moved us above Chelsea in the table with just four matches remaining.

Last time out

Caroline Weir was on target for the fourth successive match as City came away from the Hive with a gritty 1-0 victory against Tottenham.

The Scot capitalised when Spurs defender Ria Percival failed to clear Hayley Raso’s cross to the far post, closing the gap on the coveted Champions League places in the process.

Form Guide

City come into Wednesday’s tie in sparking form, winning 11 of our last 13 matches in all competitions.

Since defeat to Chelsea at the beginning of February, we have gone on two win each of our last four matches – including the Continental Cup final against Emma Hayes’ side – and currently sit fifth in the WSL table.


Reading are three points and two places below us, aiming to bring a four-match winless league run to an end.

The Royals were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United in their most recent outing.

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4 Manchester City Manchester City Man City 11 7 2 2 23 11 12 23 WWDWD
5 Everton Everton Everton 11 6 0 5 16 12 4 18 LLWWW
Last updated: 24 January 2023

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