QPR v Man City – Team News & Preview

TEAM NEWS

QPR may be light on numbers as Adel Taarabt is struggling with a stomach bug and Shaun Derry and Armand Traore are both carrying minor injuries.

Midfielder Akos Buzsaky is a major doubt after limping off during a reserve match on Tuesday.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany misses out as he serves a suspension for his sending off against Wolves.

David Silva’s back injury will be assessed, while Owen Hargreaves hopes to return after a calf strain.

MATCH PREVIEW

Here are two stats to chew on: Queens Park Rangers have scored three goals in six matches at Loftus Road this season; Manchester City have scored three goals or more in six of their eight away games. Put another way, Rangers are averaging a goal at home every three hours – City are scoring away goals at a rate of one every 25 minutes. Frightening. And yet…

I just have a feeling that this will be one of the tougher assignments Roberto Mancini’s team have faced to date this season. The only points they have dropped so far were at Fulham – a game they would have expected to win comfortably, and one coming off the back of a midweek Champions League fixture.

The similarities are obvious; plus, Rangers fans and players will have been looking forward to getting back into Loftus Road ever since the win over Chelsea. Loftus Road may be small, but it also noisy and unwelcoming – as Chelsea discovered. Despite losing 3-1, I thought QPR did quite well at Spurs too, especially in that 20 minutes around Jay Bothroyd’s goal.

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