Manchester City will look to keep their unbeaten run that has taken them to the top of the Premier League going when they go up against QPR on Saturday at Loftus Road.
Roberto Mancini’s men have enjoyed almost the perfect ten days, starting with their sensational win against Manchester United at Old Trafford before two wins over Wolves moved them into the Carling Cup quarter finals and consolidated their advantage at the top of the Premier League table.
QPR meanwhile have enjoyed a topsy-turvy start to their first season back in the Premier League since 1996, claiming a historic win against Chelsea in a chaotic game that saw both Jose Bowingwa and Didier Drobga see red before a reality check came in the form of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham last weekend. That loss left them down in 12th place, a position they would happily settle for come the end of the season.
The last time these two met in the Premier League both were relegated, with both sides picking up a win apiece – QPR snatching a 1-0 win at Loftus Road back in August 95 before City gained revenge with a 2-0 win at Maine Road in February 96.
City have no injury worries of note going into the game, and will have a full array of attacking talent to choose from. Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko are exected to battle it out for the sole striking spot, while Vincent Kompany is suspended for the game after his sending off against Wolves at the weekend.
Neil Warnock will have to choose between opting to start with Jay Bothroyd up front after the former Arsenal man grabbed a goal in the 3-1 defeat against Spurs after coming off the bench or the inconsistent Adel Taarabt, while DJ Campbell is still injured.