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  • 5 November 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 18076
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QPR - Manchester City Preview: Rangers look to end visitors' seven-match winning streak

The Super Hoops are unbeaten since the opening day of the season at home, but face a huge challenge against an in-form City side looking to maintain their lead in the title race


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Traore
Barton, Derry, Faurlin, Wright-Phillips
Helguson, Bothroyd

MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy
Yaya Toure, De Jong
Silva, Aguero, Nasri
Balotelli
Fitz Hall’s early injury against Tottenham last Sunday means QPR should welcome back Danny Gabbidon into the heart of defence alongside Anton Ferdinand, who remains a likely starter despite his ongoing race row with Chelsea captain John Terry.

Adel Taarabt may well drop to the bench after another ineffective performance at White Hart Lane, with Rangers boss Neil Warnock possibly opting to start Jay Bothroyd up front alongside Heidar Helguson in an orthodox front two.

Roberto Mancini will likely give the nod for Stefan Savic to replace the suspended Vincent Kompany alongside Joleon Lescott in the City defence after the young Serb’s impressive display against Villarreal.

The Italian’s rotation policy means the visitors’ attacking lineup is slightly harder to predict, although with no Champions League fixtures to worry about next week, he may feel comfortable fielding the likes of David Silva, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero behind red-hot Mario Balotelli.
  DID YOU KNOW?

  • These two sides last met in a League Cup tie back in 2003. Manchester City won 3-0, with current QPR star Shaun Wright-Phillips bagging a brace and skipper Joey Barton getting an assist
  • For the last Premier League encounter between these two, you have to go back to February 3, 1996. City won 2-0, but both sides were ultimately relegated
  • Since their opening day defeat to Bolton, QPR are unbeaten in four Premier League matches at Loftus Road
  • Manchester City have won their last seven matches in all competitions, winning 14 of their 17 matches in total this season
  • Neil Warnock will be looking for his side to make a fast start on Saturday – four of QPR’s eight goals scored this season have come in the first 15 minutes of matches
  • Manchester City have scored 20 goals in their five away fixtures in the Premier League this season – an average of four goals per game
  • Along with West Brom, QPR have scored fewer goals at home (3) than any other team in the Premier League this season
  • Manchester City are currently 11 points better off in the Premier League than they were at this stage last season
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
19Danny GabbidonDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Heidar HelgussonStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
26Brian MurphyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
16Bradley OrrDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
36Bruno AndradeMidfielder
14Tommy SmithStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
6Joleon LescottDefender
15Stefan SavicDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
2Micah RichardsDefender
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
21David SilvaStriker
7James MilnerMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
4Kolo ToureDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
11Adam JohnsonMidfielder
45Mario BalotelliStriker
Players to Watch
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Shaun Wright-Phillips
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

He may have faded slightly after an impressive start to life back in west London, but Shaun Wright-Phillips will be a man with a point to prove on Saturday.

Deemed not good enough to play a part in the next chapter of Roberto Mancini’s revolution at Manchester City this summer, the 30-year-old winger will want to make his old employers rue their decision to discard him so readily.
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
2 1 1 0
The outstanding player in the Premier League this season, Silva has it all: touch, poise, vision and an eye for goal, combined with an often-underrated work ethic.

For the neutral, the little Spaniard is a joy to watch. For defenders he is an absolute nightmare, and one who has already destroyed better opponents than QPR this season.
Prediction
Roared on by a raucous home crowd, QPR will start at a frantic pace and try to disrupt their opponents’ rhythm early on, but City will eventually overrun them in all areas.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 0

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