Mancini looks set to pay the price for a disappointing season which saw the Citizens bomb out of the Champions League at the group stage, while Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic means that there is no silverware in the cabinet this term.
The City squad remained in London following the Wembley defeat and will make the short journey north to Berkshire on Tuesday for their final away game of the season, with bet365 offering odds of 4/7 that the visitors win at the Madejski Stadium.
While David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson both announced their decision to step down at the end of the season, it appears that the rug could be pulled from under Mancini at any time, although the Italian might be allowed to see out his final two games before walking away from the Etihad Stadium.
Champions League football is assured and a point will be enough to bank second place in the Premier League, with Pablo Zabaleta suspended for Tuesday’s match after receiving a red card at Wembley.
Edin Dzeko only appeared as a late substitute and might enjoy a rare start in this match, with bet365 offering 13/2 that he scores first against a Reading team who have already started planning for life in the Championship.
The Royals will avoid the prospect of finishing bottom thanks to QPR’s worse season although Nigel Adkins would like to see them go out on a high and Sky Bet offer 11/2 that we see the home team claim victory in this contest.
Reading have avoided defeat in twelve of their eighteen matches at the Mad Stad this term so an away victory isn’t a foregone conclusion and there was plenty to like about their recent performance at Fulham which ended in a 4-2 victory.
Hal Robson-Kanu was especially impressive and he can be backed at 16/1 with Ladbrokes to score first, while some firms are as short as 9/1 about the Welshman breaking the deadlock.