After Manchester City's victory against Newcastle last week a lot of experts predicted that City were back to playing football which brought them the title last season. If City are back to their best then these are worrying signs for Reading.
For Manchester City Samir Nasri will miss the game due to groin injury. Micah Richards, Jack Rodwell and James Milner will also miss the game due to injuries.One significant omission could be City captain Vincent Company.
Roberto Mancini would like to start with Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero up front. In absence of Nasri , Scott Sinclair can come in. David Silva, Yaya Toure, Xavi Garcia will form the midfield.Kolo Toure and Matija Nastasic will form the pair in centre of the defense. Gael Clichy and Zabaleta will be the wide men. Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli could play a cameo towards the end.
For Reading manager Brian Mcdermott the immediate task would be to stop the losing streak his side is on.After six successive losses Reading are 9 points out of 17 games and langusihing at the bottom of the table.Reading have conceded 16 goals during this losing streak.
Reading will welcome defender Sean Morrison, midfielder Jem Karacan and striker Jason Roberts after recovering from injury.Adam Le Fondre who scored in defeat to Arsenal is likely to start the match. Most of the squad is expected to be the same with some changes in defense expected to stop leaking goals.
When Reading last played City in March 2008 they emerged as 2-0 winners but since then a lot as changed.Since then Manchester City have won the league and have built a squad of marquee players. City start as firm favorites in this one
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