Relegated Reading take on a Man City side under the temporary charge of Brian Kidd following Roberto Mancini’s sacking.
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Manchester City assistant manager Brian Kidd will take charge of the side for tonight’s game at Reading following the dismissal of Roberto Mancini.
Defender Pablo Zabaleta is suspended for his sending off against Wigan in the FA Cup final, while Scott Sinclair is sidelined.
Relegated Reading could have midfielder Hope Akpan available after a four-match absence with an ankle problem.
However, winger Jimmy Kebe and Adam Federici are still injured.
In the wake of Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat and last night’s dismissal of manager Roberto Mancini, the season cannot end soon enough for Manchester City.
It’s a far cry from 12 months ago, when City were celebrating their last-gasp Premier League title triumph.
Assistant manager David Platt is urging City’s squad to maintain their focus and finish the current campaign with a flourish.
Speaking after the defeat by Wigan, Platt said: “We have two games left, we have to pick ourselves up for the game against Reading.
“We owe it to everybody, the fans and the football club, to put it behind us as quickly as we can.”
While neither side has much to play for in this match, relegated Reading will be keen to not finish bottom, and the players will want to catch the eye of new boss Nigel Adkins.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy wants his side to end the season as strongly as possible ahead of a tilt at Championship promotion next season.
“Momentum is massive,” he said.
“We know we can win games in the Premier League and if we can end with three wins and take that into next year it would do us the world of good.
“It would be nice to finish the season with three wins on the bounce and give us a lot of confidence going into next season.”
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Reading have won their only two previous Premier League home matches against Manchester City without conceding a goal: 1-0 in September 2006, and 2-0 in March 2008.
City’s last league win at Reading came in March 1999 in the third tier of the Football League.
They have 28 points from 36 matches this season, and will finish the season with their lowest Premier League points tally.
The Royals are vying to win back-to-back Premier League matches for only the second time this season.
Adam Le Fondre needs one goal to equal the club’s Premier League record tally of 13, set by Kevin Doyle in 2006-07.
Danny Guthrie is set to make the 150th league appearance of his career.
Manchester City have 75 points this season, eight fewer than at this stage during their title-winning campaign last season.
They have scored 26 fewer goals after 36 matches this season (62) than they had at this stage last season.
City have failed to win away at promoted teams this season, drawing 0-0 at West Ham and losing 3-1 at Southampton.
Joe Hart has kept 17 clean sheets this season, the most in the Premier League. (BBC Sport)