Premier League preview: Reading face Manchester City at the Madejski Stadium
Last Updated: 14/05/13 11:09am
Brian Kidd: In charge of Manchester City at Reading
Manchester City tackle Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night in a state of limbo following the sacking of Roberto Mancini.
The Italian was dismissed on Monday night, a year to the day since leading City to the Premier League title which was surrendered to local rivals United this season.
Mancini's future, and talk of Manuel Pellegrini coming in as his replacement, had overshadowed City's FA Cup final appearance against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Whether the shock 1-0 defeat at Wembley contributed to Mancini's departure appears debatable, but it ensured there would be no trophy to follow the FA Cup success of 2011 and last year's title triumph.
With City having also failed to progress from the group phase of the UEFA Champions League for a second year in a row, the club's owners have decided it is time for a change.
In Mancini's absence, Brian Kidd will take charge for the final two games of the season and the upcoming trip to the United States, and he will be looking to wrap up second spot.
City require just a point to ensure they are not overhauled by Chelsea and, despite the upheaval, will be confident of achieving that objective either against Reading or at home to Norwich on Sunday.
Gareth Barry's last-minute goal secured City a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture back in December, but they head to Reading on the back of just two victories in their last seven away league games.
Reading, meanwhile, ended a run of 10 games without a win by beating Fulham 4-2 away in their last game, although the result came far too late to give the club a chance of staying in the Premier League.
Manager Nigel Adkins will now be targeting a first home goal and win since taking charge at the Madejski Stadium, while a point will ensure Reading do not end the season bottom of the table.
Reading could welcome midfielder Hope Akpan back into their squad for the game at the Madejski Stadium.
The 21-year-old has missed the last four games with an ankle injury but could struggle to force his way into Nigel Adkins' starting line-up following the recent 4-2 win at Fulham.
Winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) is still sidelined with Adam Federici (ankle) also likely to miss out once again.
Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is suspended for the game after his sending off in the FA Cup final against Wigan.
City may consider other changes as they look for the point which will secure the consolation of second spot after their failure to retain the title and Wembley disappointment.
Winger Scott Sinclair is the other notable absentee after surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder last week.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Federici
- 2 Gunter
- 35 Cooper
- 5 Pearce
- 24 Cummings
- 22 Blackman
- 16 Akpan
- 28 Kuhl
- 19 Mackie
- 10 Cox
- 27 Tanner
Team taken from Reading vs Scunthorpe United (Capital One Cup) on Tuesday 26th August 2014
- 1 Hart
- 5 Zabaleta
- 4 Kompany
- 26 Demichelis
- 22 Clichy
- 8 Nasri
- 42 Toure Y
- 6 Fernando
- 21 Silva
- 35 Jovetic
- 10 Dzeko
Team taken from Manchester City vs Liverpool (Barclays Premier League) on Monday 25th August 2014
Barclays Premier League
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|12||West Bromwich Albion||2||2|
|20||Queens Park Rangers||2||0|
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