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WSL preview: Albion aim for fourth consecutive win

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Hope Powell's team take on Reading this Sunday, kick-off 2pm.

By Charlie Hanson • 21 November 2021

By Kyle Hemsley
Albion grabbed a late winner in their last outing - a 1-0 victory over Leicester City at the Amex.

Albion head into Sunday’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League match against Reading knowing a win could move them to within a point of top spot.

With five wins from their opening seven league matches, Hope Powell’s team currently sit third with 15 points, four behind leaders Arsenal.

Albion’s superb start to the WSL campaign has seen them win their previous three matches on the spin, including last Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester City at the Amex.

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WSL Highlights: Albion 1 Leicester City 0

The Royals have proved tough opponents for Albion in recent campaigns though, doing the double over the Seagulls last season.

Team news

Hope Powell revealed that Dani Bowman is getting closer to full fitness, while Maya Le Tissier should be fine to play on Sunday despite being substituted against London City Lionesses on Wednesday.

“Dani [Bowman] has had a long journey, sometimes she’s been on the bench, but that’s been because we’ve had space. She’s able to join in more pitch-based sessions now, she has done a lot of individual sessions which is really hard for a player but she has done well.

“She has had more integration with the team this week, her experience and ability can only add to the team. I am really pleased for her and us as we need that depth in the team, so it will be great when she can come back and play her part.

By Kyle Hemsley
Maya Le Tissier should be fit to face Reading.

“Maya [Le Tissier] is fine, she got a bit of a knock on Sunday against Leicester, she then got studded quite heavily down her calf on Wednesday so she will need some added protection on that. But she’s a tough cookie and would probably play with a broken leg! The focus for us at the moment is the WSL, so her being substituted was more a precautionary than anything else.

The opposition

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WSL Highlights: Reading 3 Albion 2

Having lost their opening four games without scoring a goal, Reading have taken seven points from their last three matches, including back-to-back 3-0 victories. That turnaround in form has seen them move up to eighth in the WSL and they could finish the weekend as high as sixth should they claim the victory on Sunday.

Player to watch

Deanne Rose joined Reading in July, before winning an Olympic gold medal with Canada the following month as they beat Sweden in the women’s final. The 22-year-old scored her first two goals for the club in a 3-0 win over Birmingham at the beginning of the month, which sees her sit as joint top scorer for the Royals.

How to follow the game

Sunday’s game will be live on the FA Player, while live updates will be available in the match centre and the club’s official women’s Twitter account.