FA Women’ Super League fixtures for the 2021/22 were released on Friday morning and Reading fans may be feeling just a little apprehensive with such a challenging start to the season.
First up the Royals take to the road as they face Manchester United away when the season kicks off on Sunday 5th of September. December saw defeat at home as United secured a 2-1 win, Reading’s only goal coming from a defensive error by United centre-back Millie Turner, All was not lost though, as a convincing 2-0 win away in February, for Reading, really put the cat amongst the pigeons for United who were racing for a Champions League spot with Arsenal.
Talking of which, the Berkshire side will begin proceedings in the newly rebranded Select Car Leasing Stadium when they face the North London side. Fans will be after no repeats of last year’s drubbing when the Gunners thumped the squad 6-1 with Danielle Carter opening her account for the Royals against her former club. They did however hold the side to a 1-1 draw in January this year with a goal from Lauren Bruton.
The toughest month looks to be December as the Royals have just two fixtures in the form of title winners Chelsea and runners up Manchester City. Oof.
Fixtures for Reading FC Women in the FA WSL season are as follows:
Sun 5th – Manchester United (A)
Sun 12th – Arsenal (H)
Sun 26th – Tottenham Hotspur (A)
Sun 3rd – Everton (H)
Sun 10th – Aston Villa (H)
Sun 7th – Birmingham City (A)
Sun 14th – West Ham (A)
Sun 21st – Brighton (H)
Sun 12th – Chelsea (H)
Sun 19th – Manchester City (A)
Sun 9th – Leicester City (H)
Sun 16th – Arsenal (A)
Sun 23rd – Birmingham City (H)
Sun 6th – Everton (A)
Sun 13th – Brighton (A)
Sun 6th – Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Sun 13th – Manchester United (H)
Sun 27th – Aston Villa (A)
Sun 3rd – Chelsea (A)
Sun 24th – West Ham (H)
Sun 1st – Leicester City (A)
Sun 8th – Manchester City (H)
Abi’s fixtures to look out for:
Brighton & Hove Albion, Reading beat them both home and away but their vitalised run at the end of season saw them pip the Royals to 6th spot. Danielle Carter also moved there this season after one year at Reading.
Leicester are the latest edition to the WSL with everything to prove after their impressive Championship run.
Aston Villa and Birmingham City are both bolstering the ranks heavily this transfer window so Reading will need to play smart against them. The Villains and the Blues are ones to watch across the whole league.