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On December 22nd Manchester City welcomes Reading at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Mancini celebrates three years as a head coach when men face struggling Royals. The Italian has won two trophies in his coaching at the Etihad and will be looking to celebrate this with a win over Brian McDermott’s struggling team.

 

Manchester City are second in the EPL standings with thirty six points from seventeen matches. They have won ten, drawn six and lost just one game this season.  Their present form has seen two wins, two draws and one defeat in their last five matches. Last week they have bat Newcastle with the score 1-3. Man City have three wins, a draw with Everton and one defeat from Man Utd in their last five home games.

City have to keep close to the leaders Manchester United. After a loss two weeks ago they are six points behind their Manchester rivals. They come back with a great 3-1 win at Newcastle and should try to win all their Christmas matches with Reading, Sunderland, Norwich and Stoke.

 

Reading goes at the bottom of the league table on the last place with just nine points from seventeen games, having won one, drawn six and lost ten matches. Their present form has seen five straight losses from their last five games. The Royals have lost to Arsenal with the score 2-5 last weekend. From their last five games away from home they have just one draw and four straight defeats.

Reading are in real trouble this season.  They started the season well getting points, but now they are in free-fall.

 

Manchester City will play without their captain Vincent Kompany cause of hamstring injury. Samir Nasri could be out for the entire Christmas and New Year period. Star forward Mario Balotelli has not trained this week via virus and probably will start from the bench. Also he was fined by the club because of a lot of cards and bad disciplinary stats. But Mario did not like it, and he even tried to suing with his club. Roberto Mancini gave him another chance, and Balotelli changed his mind. James Milner and Aleksandar Kolarov are both doubtful, while Micah Richards and Jack Rodwell are definitely out of the game.

 

Reading head coach Brian McDermott can count on midfielders Jem Karacan and Danny Guthrie. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is long term injured. Forward Jason Roberts and defender Sean Morrison remain sidelined.

 

Manchester City line-up: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Garcia, Barry, Silva, Yaya Toure, Tevez, Aguero.

Manchester City

Last three matches:

Newcastle 1 – Manchester City FC 3;

Manchester City FC 2 – Man Utd. 3;

Borussia Dortmund 1 – Manchester City FC 0.

 

Reading line-up: Federici, Cummins, Korkss, Mariappa, Shorey, Kebe, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.

Reading

Last three matches:

Reading 2 – Arsenal 5;

Sunderland 3 – Reading 0;

Southampton 1 – Reading 0.

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