PREVIEW: City vs Reading

Tickets: There are a few tickets still available, priced at £32 for adults with various other concessions. Call 0161 444 1894 or click this link for more details.

Last Season: n/a

Referee: Mike Dean

Team News:

CITY – Samir Nasri is out with a hamstring problem and could miss a large part of the festive period, and Aleksandar Kolarov will also miss the Reading game due to a knee injury. Balotelli is out with illness. Vincent Kompany has a chance of being back after missing last week’s win at Newcastle with a groin injury but It seems daft to play him if there is any risk of aggravation given the opposition. James Milner is also close to fitness after a hamstring injury.

READING – Jason Roberts, Sean Morrison and Alex McCarthy are all out.

Stats

The two clubs have each won seven of their 16 previous league meetings. Reading have beaten Manchester City in three of their four Premier League contests.

The most recent meeting between these sides was an FA Cup quarter-final in March 2011, when a late goal from Micah Richards gave City a 1-0 victory at home.

City have attempted more shots than any other side this season in the Premier League (231, excl. blocked).

City have won all 13 of the PL matches that Aguero & Tevez have started together.

We are also unbeaten in the 21 league games in which Aguero has scored (W20, D1).

Pablo Zabaleta could make his 100th Premier League start for Manchester City.

Reading have suffered six successive league defeats, their worst run since an eight-match losing streak in the top flight between December 2007 and February 2008. They were relegated that season.

They have the division’s worst away record, having collected only two points out of a possible 27.

Brian McDermott’s side have dropped an unrivalled 17 points from winning positions this season. They are the only team not to have won a game in which they opened the scoring (D3, L2).

Reading have conceded a league-high 36 goals in 17 games.

According to Opta, they have now faced 306 shots at goal – more than any other side in the top five European leagues this season.

Reading have won two and lost just one of the last four away league games against City

Stats courtesy of BBC Football & Opta City

Press Conference

On the week of his third anniversary in charge, Roberto Mancini faced the press ahead of the Reading game. Inevitably, he was asked about the future of Mario Balotelli, to which he replied:

I am his manager and, like the other players, if he deserves another chance I’ll give him another chance. But Mario now needs to deserve this. This weekend Mario, unfortunately, is ill. He came this [Friday] morning but he can’t do anything.

Fixtures

All matches kick-off at 3pm unless otherwise stated.

Saturday

Wigan vs Arsenal (12.45)

Manchester City vs Reading

Newcastle vs QPR

Southampton vs Sunderland

Tottenham vs Stoke

West Brom vs Norwich

West Ham vs Everton

Liverpool vs Fulham (5.30pm)

Sunday

Swansea vs Manchester United (1.30pm)

Chelsea vs Aston Villa (4pm)

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