With just a single game left in the current WSL season, there are two teams at risk of relegation – one of them is Leicester City, while the other is Reading.
As things stand, Leicester look like the favourites to remain in the top flight of English women’s football. Not only are they in relatively better form than the Royals, they are two points ahead of them in the league table.
In all competitions, the two teams have squared off three times this season. Reading won the first encounter, all the way back in October, then went on to win their second game after a penalty shootout in the FA Women’s Cup.
The Foxes would gain a modicum of revenge in their third match, which took place in April, as they defeated Reading by a score of 2-1. As such, when stacked against each other on the pitch, there is little to separate the two teams.
With that being said, those games are now irrelevant – it all comes down to what transpires on the final day of the WSL season on Saturday, May 27.
Leicester City and Reading remaining fixtures
In their game of the ongoing WSL season, Leicester will take on Brighton and Hove Albion. The Seagulls were once embroiled in the relegation dogfight with the Royals and the Foxes, but have since earned enough points to lift them away from the drop zone.
Brighton have had an unspectacular campaign and are, on paper, one of the weaker sides in the WSL this season. As such, with nothing to play for, it’s expected that Leicester will pick up the three points in this one – or at least avoid defeat.
Reading, meanwhile, are not quite so lucky. They will play Emma Hayes’ Chelsea on the last day of the season – and unlike Brighton, the Blues still have everything to play for in their pursuit of the WSL title.
Due to this, Reading will likely need a miracle to stay up. Stranger things have happened, but as things stand, their WSL status appears to be hanging by a thread.