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It's just a few months since May's mad season finale, and the visitors' line-up will be very different. Even so, Al Hain-Cole is expecting another exciting encounter

It’s the calm after the storm this Saturday, as the closure of the transfer window leaves clubs with nothing to focus on but football.

Few clubs were busier in the market than QPR, while for much of the summer Manchester City’s lack of transfer activity was a bone of contention for boss Roberto Mancini.

Nevertheless, the Italian’s squad remain the team to beat in the league this season, and after somehow escaping Anfield with a point last weekend, the champions are clear 1/6 (1.17) favourites with William Hill to get back to winning ways in the late Saturday kick-off.

Mark Hughes reacted decisively to his team’s 5-0 opening day thumping to Swansea by bringing in a number of high-profile signings, but his side remain serious outsiders at 10/1 (11.00) to come out on top at the Etihad Stadium.

QPR’s draw at Norwich last weekend was their first in 12 Premier League games, whilst City had gone eight without sharing the spoils before the result at Anfield.

You can get odds of 5/1 (6.00) on one stalemate following another in this encounter.

This fixture cannot fail to conjure up memories of the dramatic title-clinching turnaround just three months ago, on a day that the Hoops also clinched their top-flight survival.

The atmosphere is bound to be jubilant for their first rematch since that fateful encounter, and hopefully we should be in for a game worthy of such an occasion.

Although less memorable, last season’s first meeting between these sides also ended in a 3-2 win for City, while 16 goals in the teams’ opening two matches this year suggests that there are certainly goals in this game.

Backing both sides to score would have paid out in City’s last three games, and offers decent value at 10/11 (1.91) in this one.

Whilst it is probably too much to expect an exact repeat of last season’s late dramatics, Mancini’s men have actually come from behind to win or draw in all three competitive games (including the Community Shield) since the QPR victory.

With their defence looking vulnerable and their strike force potent even without Sergio Aguero, you cannot rule out another comeback taking place here.

At odds of 11/2 (6.50) it is certainly worth backing the home side to come from behind to win again, just for old time’s sake.

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Both teams to score at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill
City to come from behind and win at 11/2 (6.50) with William Hill

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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