Champions Manchester City will be heavy favourites when they host struggling Reading in the English Premier League on Saturday.
After a last-minute 3-2 defeat to arch-rivals Manchester United, the defending champions responded in style last weekend, accounting for Newcastle 3-1 at St Jamesâ€™ Park.
Roberto Manciniâ€™s men were back to their free-flowing best, with Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure pulling the strings in a sublime performance which also yielded a goal.
Saturdayâ€™s opponents, Reading, are in damage control as they continue to slip further adrift at the foot of the table.
A crushing 5-2 defeat at the hands of Arsenal on Monday has left the Brian McDermottâ€™s men with just nine points from 17 games and five points off safety after six successive losses.
But despite Readingâ€™s dreadful run of results, McDermott is confident his team has enough quality to avoid the drop.
â€œWe want to make sure we are in this league next season,â€ he said.
â€œThatâ€™s the most important thing and we need our fans to stay with us. Thereâ€™s no point in blaming or pointing fingers. You have to graft together as a group. My belief is that things will change. Iâ€™m not enjoying the results but Iâ€™m enjoying the challenge.â€
Reading emerged 2-0 home victors from their previous Premier League meeting with City in March 2008, while they also claimed a 2-0 win at the City of Manchester Stadium a season earlier.
There are some positives for Reading ahead of Saturdayâ€™s match â€“ City captain Vincent Kompany is in doubt with a hamstring injury, while Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri could also miss out.