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Leicester and Reading battle for title of WSL’s great escape artists

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A dramatic final day of the WSL season awaits with all eyes focused on the action at both ends of the table. Describing relegation battles as a “great escape” seems cliched but it is an accurate representation in these circumstances – for whoever survives between Leicester and Reading, the achievement will be remarkable.

The stakes could not be higher – Leicester travel to Brighton having to match Reading’s result; Reading must beat Chelsea and hope the Foxes falter.

That Leicester are in a position to stay up is one of the stories of this season. They looked down and out by the winter break, seven points adrift after seven defeats and a managerial shake-up. “We want to be history makers,” their manager, Willie Kirk, said on Thursday. “No team has ever turned around a seven-point deficit at the bottom in WSL history.

We want to be the first to do that.” Significant backing from the owners – from the provision of top-class facilities to player recruitment – has added to the pressure.

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