Manchester City face Reading for the penultimate Premier League game of the season at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening. The reverse fixture at the Etihad saw the Citizens win the tie 1-0, with Gareth Barry netting the winner in the dying moments of the game.

Vincent Kompany

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Kick-off is set for 8pm BST. There are no channels providing live telecast of the match in UK. Follow coverage of the game on BBC Sports.


Reading did not enjoy a great run in the top flight football as they will not feature in the league next season after confirming relegation. The Royals were promoted to the Premier League after winning the Championship last year. However, they have failed to replicate their last season's form in the league, which has seen them sit 19 in the league table with 28 points from 36 games.

Nigel Adkins took in charge of the club in March after the Royals sacked Brian McDermott was earlier that month. However, the former Southampton manager's appointment has made no difference as Reading has managed just once win since his arrival at Madejski Stadium. The 4-2 away win against Fulham in their previous fixture was the only win for Adkins in the Premier League with Reading.

The Citizens will be without their manager Roberto Mancini after he was shown the exit door by the club. The former Lazio and Inter Milan boss was sacked a year after he won the Premier League title. Brian Kidd will be in charge of the Etihad until the club finds a replacement.

Mancini's last game in charge with City was during their 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic last weekend. The Citizens had already lost the Premier League title to Manchester United last month and a defeat at Wembley, coupled with exit from the Champions League in the group stages for the second year in a row resulted in the Italian's sack.

City come into this game after just two wins in their last five games played in all competitions. The Citizens are placed second in the table with 75 points from 36 games and are likely to finish the season in the same position.

Micah Richards

Team Guide

Manchester City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W D W L
  • Last Result: Manchester City 0-1 Wigan Athletic


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D L D L
  • Last Result: Fulham 2-4 Reading

Team News

Reading v Manchester City

Kidd will be in charge of the club for the midweek tie against Reading. City right-back Pablo Zabaleta will miss the game after being sent off during the FA Cup final against Wigan. England international Micah Richards is likely to take the Argentine's place in the Citizens back four. Former Swansea midfielder Scott Sinclair will miss the remaining two games of the season due to shoulder injury.

Probable Line-Up: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy; Barry, Yaya Toure; Silva, Tevez, Nasri; Aguero

Reading will be without the likes of their striker Jason Roberts and winger Jimmy Kebe as they are ruled out of the game due to injury. The Royals stopper Adam Federici and midfielder Hope Akpan have both returned to training but are likely to start the game from the bench.

Probable Line-Up: McCarthy; Gunter, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly; Karacan, Guthrie; McCleary, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu; Pogrebnyak