Improving on last season
The coming year will have to go some way to beating 2015 for Sunderland after they finished fourth in their debut season in WSL 1, even coming close to winning the league title.
Carlton Fairweather's side will have been disappointed with the finish in the end after such a great start to the season, plus the fact they were top for quite a few games. However, a poor end to the campaign let them down and they will hope to make amends this term.
They then played a behind closed doors game in Scotland's other main city, Edinburgh, as they drew again against Hibernian. Their most eye catching friendly though came against Sheffield FC, where they won 5-4.
The Lady Black Cats have made four new signings over the long off season period, with Lucy Staniforth's return to the club after six years away the most notable.
Rachel Pitman, Krystle Johnston and Kylia Sjoman have joined her on Wearside for the 2016 season. Left back Sjoman has two caps for Canada, while Johnston turned out for runners-up Manchester City last year.
Reading will be filled with the same hope Sunderland had last year as they embark on a first ever season in the WSL 1.
The Royals, like their opening day hosts, come up as WSL 2 champions after they edged Doncaster Belles to the title on goal difference. Both finished the season with 45 points from their 18 games, and they only lost one league game each all season.
They have renewed the contracts of 14 players and brought in some big names too; such as goalkeeper Mary Earps and forward Jade Boho-Sayo, who is already off the mark for the season after scoring in Reading's season opener.
However, Boho-Sayo's strike couldn't give the Royals a win in midweek, with them losing 3-1 at Arsenal and hoping to bounce back today.
History between the teams
It's been nearly two years since the teams met, when both were in WSL 2 back in 2014.
Sunderland came away unbeaten from the two meetings that season as they claimed a 3-2 win at this weekend's venue and drew the away fixture 1-1 on their way to the title.