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Premier League

  • 29 January 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 17894

QPR - Manchester City Preview: Mancini's side hoping to keep up pressure on rivals

The hosts could be without new signing Loic Remy, who has a hamstring injury, while the visitors are likely to be missing defenders Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic



Onuoha, Hill, Nelsen, Fabio
Mackie, Mbia, Derry, Wright-Phillips
Zabaleta, Rekik, Lescott, Kolarov
Milner, Barry, Garcia, Silva
Dzeko, Aguero

Harry Redknapp may well find himself unable to call upon recent arrival Loic Remy (hamstring), with the Frenchman likely to be subject to a late fitness test prior to Tuesday's clash.

Fellow attackers Junior Hoilett (hamstring), Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are also unavailable for the hosts, while Jose Bosingwa (back) is too absent through injury.

Samba Diakite, meanwhile, is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali.

The visitors go into the meeting with significant problems in central defence. Captain Vincent Kompany (calf) has been ruled out after picking up a problem in the FA Cup against Stoke, while Matija Nastasic (knock) is also a major doubt.

Roberto Mancini's problems at the back are exacerbated with the absences of Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee).

Kolo Toure, along with brother Yaya, remains on international duty with the Ivory Coast, so youngster Karim Rekik may be called into the backline unless the Italian opts for a three-man defence.

  • At this point last season, in which QPR avoided relegation by a single point, the west Londoners were six points better off than they are currently.
  • The Rs currently boast the sixth highest net transfer spend total since the start of the summer 2012 transfer window, with only Chelsea, Liverpool, Southampton and the two Manchester clubs boasting greater outlays.
  • The last time Harry Redknapp (pictured) managed a club that was relegated was Southampton in 2004-05. At the equivalent stage of that season, the Saints had an identical results record to QPR's current run: two wins, nine draws and 12 defeats.
  • Manchester City are yet to concede a goal in 2013.
  • So far, the Premier League champions have only managed 75% of the number of goals they had scored at this point last term.
  • Roberto Mancini's men have netted three times in each of their last three meetings with QPR, winning every time - including their memorable last-minute win to claim the Premier League title last season.
  • City have won their last four games in the Premier League, and last six in all competitions, while Redknapp's side are unbeaten in three, but crashed out against MK Dons in the FA Cup at Loftus Road last time out.

Players to watch

A. Taarabt

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Although conventional wisdom dictates that the Premier League's relegation-threatened clubs are most likely to be hauled out of trouble by their hard-grafting home-grown players, it could well be an archetypal 'luxury player', in the form of Taarabt, who holds QPR's greatest hope of survival.

The Moroccan is perhaps the only of Redknapp's preferred starters who can consistently unlock a top-tier defence, and his new manager appears to have appointed Taarabt as his playmaker-in-chief, with almost all of the side's attacks passing through him in recent weeks.

Against what is likely to be an unfamiliar City back line, Taarabt will certainly fancy his chances of causing the reigning champions problems, be it through driving runs from midfield or with the sort of expertly-weighted through-ball that saw his side take the lead in their last league fixture at Upton Park.

David Silva

Position: Midfielder

Games: 6

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Many pundits have opined that Manchester City's failure to recreate the jet-heeled early form of last season is largely due to their Spanish playmaker's inability to do the same.

Though far from poor, Silva has been comparatively subdued this campaign when measured against the sublime performances he was producing during the opening half of last term, but he has shown signs over recent weeks of returning to those heights. Silva scored twice, and should have had a hat-trick, in his side's victory over Fulham last weekend, before orchestrating attack after attack during Saturday's FA Cup wing against Stoke.

Boasting the silkiest of touches, seemingly 360-degree vision and no shortage of goal threat, the form of David Silva is fundamental to Manchester City's performances as a team. Up against a QPR defence that is notoriously susceptible to any genuine level of craft and innovation, is would be no surprise to see the diminutive Spaniard maintaining his good run.

Editor's Prediction

Though QPR, having taken points of Tottenham and Chelsea since the turn of the year, have made a recent mini-habit of causing upsets against the league's more dominant sides, few will be betting on a home win in Tuesday's clash at Loftus Road.

The availability of Loic Remy will be vital for Harry Redkanpp with the pace and directness of the French striker the surely hosts' finest chance of exploiting a patched-up Manchester City back line.

Even if Remy does make it into the R's line-up, though, the quality and quality of the champions' strikers – with the ammunition supplied by David Silva – would suggest that the visitors should always be capable of outscoring QPR if needs be.

A win for Mancini's men would take them to within two points of their neighbours at the division's highest echelons, and that alone should serve as motivation enough for them to achieve a victory that is well within their capability.

Last Five Matches

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