Reading will be travelling to Manchester to take on the Champions, Manchester City at the Etihad stadium. The game is scheduled to be played on December 22, 2012 at 1500 GMT.
Manchester City will be looking to sweep aside their opponents to stay on the tail of their arch rivals.
They enter this game placed second in the EPL table six points behind Manchester United. Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero form one of the fiercest striking partnerships and the Manchester City bench is also one of the strongest in the league.
The trio of David Silva, Tevez and Aguero creates a major threat each time this team takes the field and Reading will be well aware of what is possible if they do not play well.
Vincent Komany seems set to play while little angry man Mario Balotelli will miss the game due to a virus.
Samir Nasri and Aleksander Kolarov are set to miss the game for sure. City won their previous game 3-1 against Newcastle with a very comprehensive performance. James Milner is close to full fitness after having pulled his hamstring a while back.
Reading manages to score a lot of goals but also concede quite a few. They enter this game against the Champs in bottom place. Beating such a strong will not be easy, but miracles do happen.
Reading has conceded the most goals this season (36). They had put in three goals against Manchester United but the defending let them down. Can they repeat such a show this time around?
They have managed to win only one game thus far and will be facing an uphill task going into this game.
As a result of Reading’s bad performance, the pressure is mounting on McDermott as he happens to be the favourite of the bookies to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked.
History suggests that Reading has won two and lost just one game in the EPL against Manchester City. Will History repeat itself?
Jem Karacan, Jimmy Kebe and Danny Guthrie should be available while Alex McCarthy and Sean Morrison will both miss this game.
Prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Reading.