Premier League – Matchpack: Reading v Manchester City
Team news, manager quotes and match facts ahead of the Premier League match between Reading and Manchester City at Madejski Stadium.
Manchester City’s Gareth Barry (L) celebrates his goal against Reading.
Reading could welcome midfielder Hope Akpan back into their squad. 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 last weekend’s 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 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 in the other notable absentee after surgery to remove a blood clot from his shoulder last week.
Nigel Adkins (Reading): “We are in a good position. We are going to do what we want to do at Reading, that is the important thing. We have sampled the Premier League this season and we are in the Championship next year. There is the drive to get back into the Premier League and, having learned the lessons of this season, do better.”
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on the sacking of Roberto Mancini. He said: “Roberto’s record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, myself and the board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three and a half years. He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the club’s 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012. I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship.”
David Platt (Manchester City assistant coach): “We have two games left, we have to pick ourselves up for the game against Reading. That is what we are about, we are professional footballers. It is hard to get back after you get to a final, and you get all the way – you want to win it. We won it two years ago, the feelings are quite profound. We have got two games to go and we owe it to everybody, the fans and the football club, to put it behind us as quickly as we can. We need to go out and win two football matches between now and the end of the season.”
Reading have won both of their previous Barclays Premier League home games with Manchester City, keeping a clean sheet in both games.
Overall the Royals have taken nine points from five games against City.
City have scored 62 goals in 36 games, at this stage last season they had scored 88.
Man City have won only two of their last seven away Premier League games (D2 L3).
Reading have allowed the most shots on target in the Premier League this season (219), Man City the fewest (102).
Man City will end the season with the most clean sheets in the Premier League. Currently they have 17.
No side has fewer clean sheets this season than Reading (5).
Last season Manchester City’s strikers contributed 54 Premier League goals; this season the total is 36.
11 of Reading’s 41 goals this season have been scored by substitutes.
Five of Man City top scorer Edin Dzeko’s 13 goals this season have come as a substitute.
Reading (6/1) Manchester City (4/7) Draw (7/2)