QPR vs Manchester City: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Loftus Road

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Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday night’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to CSKA Moscow, where they finished with nine men. The defeat means City have now picked up just one win in their last five games in all competitions, a 1-0 victory over rivals Manchester United. In the league, City have won four of their last six.

In the league, City’s form, like the start of last season, has been mixed. After 10 games they trail league leaders Chelsea by six points – although they were in a similar position last season and managed to come out on top.

QPR’s form has not been good either, having picked up just seven points from their 10 league games this season. QPR have come close against two of last season’s top four (against Liverpool and Chelsea) and will look to go one better against the defending champions.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30pm


QPR 0 Manchester City 0, Premier League, January 2013

Manchester City 3 (Toure, Dzeko, Tevez) QPR 1 (Zamora), September 2012

Manchester City 3 (Zabaleta, Dzeko, Aguero) QPR 2 (Cisse, Mackie), May 2012


Charlie Austin has scored 24 league goals since he signed for QPR, 18 more than any other player.

He has also scored more than half of QPR’s league goals this season – with five to his name.

Manchester City have won 21 of the previous 49 meetings between the two sides. QPR have won 12.

At Loftus Road, City lead the head-to-head 13-3 out of23 games.

Sergio Aguero is the first player to reach double figures this season.



QPR to win: 7.5

Manchester City to win: 1.4

Draw: 4.75


May 2012. Needing two goals to snatch the Premier League title out of rivals United’s hands, City went into second half stoppage time 2-1 down. QPR were down to 10 men. United’s game had ended at Sunderland, with the Red Devils 1-0 winners. But their celebrations were cut short – Edin Dzeko equalised for City and Sergio Aguero made it 3-2 in the 94 minute. The title was City’s with the final kick of the season.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 5.30pm, highlights on BBC1 at 11.00pm.