Manchester City Women travel to Reading to continue their good form with a win at Reading.
The Blues have forced their way up the table after three consecutive wins, which have been enough to see manager Gareth Taylor named manager of the month for October. Reading have won just one and lost four of their opening five games so far, and only picked up their first win of the season last weekend when they beat Leicester 2-1 at home.
Victory for the Blues will still see them outside the top three, but will allow them to keep pace with United, Arsenal and Chelsea at the top. Reading could drop to second from bottom if they lose, while a win could take them above Aston Villa into eighth.
Coach Gareth Taylor has confirmed Australian international Alanna Kennedy will again be unavailable for the trip south, as will Ruby Mace. The pair are yet to feature for City this season, but Taylor is hoping for better news after the international break.
Vicky Losada will also miss out with a knee injury and missed last week’s win against Liverpool.
I’ve been here before
City’s last visit to Reading was on the final day of last season. The Blues needed a win to secure third place in the WSL and secured their spot with a 4-0 win. Lauren Hemp, Bunny Shaw, Ellen White and Alex Greenwood all found the back of the net as City headed home.
City have found their form again at the right time, which is bad news for the home side. Bunny Shaw is in great form and if they can avoid the sort of defensive mistakes that gave Liverpool a few chances last week, City should watch him.
Prediction: Reading 1-3 City