Manchester City will be out to bounce back from the midweek disappointment of losing to CSKA Moscow in the Champions league when they travel to Loftus Road to face QPR.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side slipped bottom of their group on Wednesday when they lost 2-1 at home to the Russian side with the result compounded further by red cards for Yaya Toure and Fernandinho.
The loss means that City, without a win in this year’s competition, face an uphill task in reaching the knock out stages. Coupled with that the Citizens are already 6 points behind leaders Chelsea as they bid to make it back to back league titles.
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They face an improving QPR side that whilst only picking up three points in their last 5 games have shown plenty of fighting spirit.
Last time out Harry Redknapp’s side were unlucky to lose 2-1 against Chelsea away. The game saw Charlie Austin, the two goal hero from the previous week’s win over Aston Villa, continue his recent hot streak with another goal.
The forward has formed a strong partnership with Bobby Zamora in recent weeks and the pair could be key to helping the club overcome the odds and shock the champions.
All seven of the Hoops points this season have come in front of their own fans and with City yet to hit full gear this season, Redknapp will hope his team can add to their woes.
Prior to the defeat to CSKA, City had been showing good form, losing just one of their last five league games. Last time out they beat Manchester United 1-0 at home.
The absence of David Silva has been a major blow for City and with the Spanish set once again set to miss out Pellegrini’s playmaking options will be tested.
Despite boasting one of the strongest squads in the league, the fact that Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri are struggling for form has make the injury to Silva all the more difficult. Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov will also be missing this weekend after being ruled out for a month with a calf injury while Rio Ferdinand will be absent for QPR as he serves the second game of a three match ban.