Chelsea vs Reading: WSL: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

01 April 2022 10:45

Chelsea face Reading on Sunday evening in the WSL as they bid to maintain their lead at the top of the league.

The Blues' thumping victory over Leicester last time saw them climb to the WSL summit for the first time this season, leaving Emma Hayes' side in pole position with five games remaining.

Chelsea face a Reading side who they came unstuck against earlier in the season, suffering a shock 2-0 defeat in December.

How to watch Chelsea vs Reading on TV/livestream

When is kick off? Sunday 3 April, 18:45 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Kingsmeadow
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), FA Player (international)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube, FA Player, BBC Sport website
Referee? Emily Heaslip

Chelsea team news

Chelsea will be without forwards Fran Kirby and Pernille Harder for Sunday evening's clash. Harder is struggling with a swollen knee, while Kirby continues to miss out through illness. Speaking ahead of the match, Hayes was unable to give a timeframe on the pair's return.

With Kirby and Harder missing, Beth England will likely keep her place up front. The forward has netted four goals in her last two outings in all competitions to move up to fourth in the WSL's all-time top goalscorer charts.

Reading team news

Natasha Dowie was back in the Reading starting XI for the Royals' draw with Aston Villa last time out following a spell out with Covid, and the return of their top goalscorer is a big boost for Kelly Chambers' side. Amalie Eikeland also returned, having sat out her side's last two.

Brooke Chaplen remains a long-term absentee for Reading after being diagnosed with a tumour in her leg in February.

Chelsea vs Reading predicted lineups

Chelsea: Musovic; Charles, Bright, Nouwen, Carter, Reiten; Ingle, Ji, Cuthbert; Kerr, England

Reading: Moloney; Harding, Cooper, Evans, Woodham; Peplow, Vanhaevermaet, Troelsgaard Nielsen; Rose, Eikeland, Dowie

Chelsea vs Reading score prediction

Chelsea dominated the ball and register 34 shots last time out against Reading as they were beaten 2-0 - but a repeat of December's defeat would be a huge shock.

The Blues have looked slick since their 3-1 Continental Cup final defeat to Manchester City, even with the absence of Kirby, scoring 22 goals and conceding just once in five outings. Another victory to maintain their spot at the WSL summit is expected on Sunday.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Reading

Source: 90min