Premier League Preview: Reading v Manchester City
By Football News
Reading may fancy their chances of increasing Manchester City's pain when they host Roberto Mancini's men on Tuesday.
While Reading have already been relegated from the English Premier League, they could claim consecutive wins if they manage to overcome City having knocked off Fulham 4-2 last week.
Manchester City's week has been dominated by rumours that Malaga head coach Manuel Pellegrini will replace the reigning Premier League champions' manager Mancini at the end of the season.
If Manchester City fail to beat Reading, the calls for Mancini's head will only grow louder.
While Mancini's side knocked off Reading 1-0 earlier in the season, Manchester City lost their last trip to the Madejski Stadium back in 2008.
Reading manager Nigel Adkins will know, however, that his team will probably need at least a couple of goals to overcome Manchester City due to their poor defensive record this season.
While Reading have kept two clean sheets in their past four games, they have the worst defensive record in the Premier League season alongside Wigan and Aston Villa having conceded 67 goals.
Adam Le Fondre and Hal Robson-Kanu will be Reading's best avenues for goals having notched 13 and seven respectively in all competitions this season.
For Manchester City, a point against Reading would secure a second-placed finish ahead of Chelsea, while they should be keen to bounce back after an embarrassing FA Cup final defeat to Wigan.
Saturday's loss to Wigan continued a generally lacklustre month for Manchester City, which has included a defeat to Tottenham, a draw away to Swansea and narrow wins over West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United and Wigan.
The only impressive result for Mancini and his players in the past month was a 2-1 win over Chelsea to qualify for the FA Cup final.