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FA Cup

  • March 13, 2011
  • • 16:45
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 41150

FA Cup Preview: Manchester City - Reading

FA Cup Preview: Manchester City - Reading

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Roberto Mancini's men continue their quest for first silverware in 35 years...

Manchester City: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta; Barry, de Jong; Silva, Yaya Toure, Tevez; Dzeko.

Reading: McCarthy; Khizanishvili, Gunnarsson, Ingimarsson, Harte; Karacan, Legiertwood, Howard; Hunt, Long, Robson-Kanu.


  • Manchester City's £27 million January signing Edin Dzeko has scored in both his FA Cup appearances but has yet to find the back of the net in seven Premier League appearances.
  • City have not lifted a major piece of silverware since they beat Newcastle United 2-1 in the 1976 League Cup final.
  • City have needed a replay in two of their three FA Cup ties this season.
  • Carlos Tevez has scored five goals in his last seven F.A. Cup appearances.
  • Of the games following each of their 10 Europa League fixtures this season, City have won six, lost three and drawn one.
  • Reading hot-shot Shane Long was on the score sheet the last time the sides met when he netted the opener in the 2-0 Premier League victory on March 8 2008.
  • Reading have won three of the last four meetings against City.
  • City have needed a replay to beat Reading on the two occasions they've been drawn in the FA Cup.
  • Shane Long has scored four goals in his last four FA Cup appearances.
  • City and Reading have played each other 22 times in all competitions, with City winning 10, Reading seven and five games being drawn.

March 8, 2008: Reading 2-0 Manchester City

Goals from Shane Long and Dave Kitson temporarily lifted the Royals out of the Premier League relegation zone in a campaign in which they were ultimately destined for the drop.

Players to watch

E. Džeko

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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Edin Dzeko has seemed well off the Premier League pace so far but has taken to the FA Cup like a duck to water. The giant Bosnian has netted vital goals against Notts County and Aston Villa to help manager Roberto Mancini's men to this stage.

With chances in the top flight drying up by the scoreless weekend, a dominant performance against the Championship outfit could give his shaky confidence a kick-start.

S. Long

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Shane Long rarely got on the Premier League scoresheet during his time in the division, but 20 goals in all competitions this term has showcased his quality. The 24-year-old is now the main star at the Madejski Stadium after he previously played understudy to Kevin Doyle.

Kolo Toure's enforced absence following a failed drug test has led to more gaps appearing at the back for the hosts. The Irishman will hope he can cash in like Dynamo Kiev did on Thursday night.

Editor's Prediction

Mancini's injury-ravaged squad has failed to impress in recent weeks. The scrappy nature of the win against Wigan Athletic is likely to be replicated against Brian McDermott's men.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Manchester City



Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
Manchester City FC Manchester City
Reading FC REA
Reading FC Reading

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 0
Reading FC REA
Manchester City FC MNC
2 - 0
Reading FC REA
Manchester City FC MNC
3 - 1
Reading FC REA


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