West Ham travel to the Madejski Stadium on Sunday to take on an out-of-form Reading team.
The Hammers have lost their last three matches in a row, their most recent being a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Olli Harder’s team will need to improve in front of goal if they are to turn around their poor run of form. West Ham have only scored four times in their previous six matches and haven’t scored three goals in a single league match since January.
West Ham will be without long-term injury absentee Maisy Barker for Sunday’s trip to the Madejski stadium.
Reading are suffering from their own poor run of form having failed to win any of their last seven league matches.
The Royals are currently 8th in the Women’s Super League (WSL) table, level on points with West Ham in 7th. Reading could conceivably rise as high as fifth if they win their remaining three matches and other results go their way.
Reading were dealt a blow in the week when it was announced that striker Emma Harries ruptured the posterior cruciate ligament in her knee while playing for England’s under-23 side during the recent international break. Harries had been enjoying a break out season for The Royals having scored three goals and contributed three assists in her 19 matches.
Last match between the two teams
Emma Harries scored a 92nd minute equaliser for Reading in the reverse fixture in November. West Ham were 2-0 up before half-time thanks to goals form Lisa Evans and Grace Fisk, but The Royals came back into the contest as Abbey-Leigh Stringer’s own goal halved the deficit before Harries’ injury time goal ensured the points were shared.
Player to watch – Deanne Rose
Rose made her debut for the Canadian national team as a 16-year-old in 2015. She has gone on to make 66 appearances for her country, scoring 12 goals in the process. The forward won a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo as Canada best Sweden on penalties in the final.
Rose was selected as the 10th pick in the 2021 NWSL draft by the North Carolina Courage, but interestingly she never played for the team. Instead, she was instantly traded to Orlando Pride. She signed a two-year contract with Reading last summer. Rose has five goals and four assists so far this season.
Predicted West Ham XI:
Arnold, Fisk, Flaherty, Cissoko, Stringer, Evans, Brynjarsdottir, Snerle, Svitkova, Walker, Leon
How to Watch:
Reading FC Women vs West Ham United FC Women
Date: Sunday 24th April 2022
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Kick-off Time: 14:00 PM (BST)
TV: The match has not been selected for live television broadcast
Streaming: FA Player