After losing manager Roberto Mancini, the beaten FA Cup finalists will be hoping to restore some pride with a comprehensive victory, but Al Hain-Cole is expecting a tight game
The deposed champions needed a last-minute Gareth Barry winner to claim all three points in the reverse fixture back in December, but are clear 8/15 (1.53) favourites with Paddy Power to come out on top at the Madejski Stadium.
Nigel Adkins claimed his first win as Reading boss last weekend at Fulham, and his side are available at 11/2 (6.50) to mark their last home game with another memorable victory on Tuesday.
The hosts have drawn their last two successive home games, and you can get odds of 3/1 (4.00) on them earning a share of the spoils this time out.
Mancini has predictably paid the price for his side’s disappointing season, and the root of his downfall is to be found in the team’s attack.
City have hit 16 fewer goals than at this time last season, and trail United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Liverpool in the scoring stakes.
This lack of cutting edge has proved particularly costly on the road, where they have hit the back of the net just 23 times in 18 outings, including a mere five in their last seven.
With clean sheets in each of their last two home games, The Royals will fancy their chances of frustrating their goal-shy visitors, and odds of 11/8 (2.38) offer excellent value on under 2.5 goals going in tonight.
Luckily for the misfiring forwards, City boast the stingiest defence in the league, meaning even a single goal would surely be enough to secure victory against a team that have scored just once in their last five on home soil.
A slim victory looks likely under caretaker boss Brian Kidd, and odds of 7/2 (4.50) are not to be ignored on them coming out on top in a game featuring no more than two goals.
|Under 2.5 goals at 11/8 (2.38) with Paddy Power
||Manchester City to win and under 2.5 goals at 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power|
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