QPR vs Manchester City Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
QPR vs Manchester City | Saturday 8 November, 2014 | Loftus Road | 17.30
Man City have only won a single game in their last five matches and will be desperate for the win against QPR on Saturday to stop them falling outside of the top three.
Wednesday saw the reigning Premier League champions’ hopes of progressing to the next stage of the Champions League dashed in a shock home defeat to CSKA Moscow. The loss was a devastating blow to Manuel Pellegrini’s men who are six points behind Chelsea in the Premier League after an underwhelming start to the season.
City’s only recent victory came last weekend when they narrowly beat rivals United in the Manchester derby and Pellegrini will be hoping his side can step it up on Saturday against QPR.
QPR should on paper be an easy three points for City as the London club have only recorded two wins this season and lost seven. Harry Redknapp’s side have been looking more impressive in their last few outings, however, defeating Aston Villa and coming close against both Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks.
Redknapp believes that his team could defeat City but they’ll need to more than match their performance last weekend against Chelsea if they’re to have a chance at causing an upset.
“Whenever you play City, it is a difficult game,” he said. “They have a fantastic squad. It will certainly be a tough game. We did well at Chelsea last week, but we need to show the same commitment if we are going to get anything out of the game.
“You don’t become a bad team overnight. They are the Premier League champions and we will be playing a top team.”
City captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of the trip to Loftus road on Saturday with a calf injury. However Frank Lampard has recovered from a thigh strain and will return to give the struggling champions a much needed boost.
“The injury situation is that Kolarov is still injured, David Silva has his ligaments problem and Vincent Kompany has his calf problem,” confirmed Pellegrini ahead of the game. “The three of them are out. All of the other players are in.”
Rio Ferdinand will be a noticeable absence for QPR as he serves a three-match ban for his behaviour on Twitter last week, but Joey Barton, Niko Kranijcar, Jordan Mutch and Nedum Onuoha have all returned to training this week after time out.
“Touch wood, we’ve got a clean bill of health,” said Redknapp of his team’s fitness. “Everybody is fit, probably for the first time since I’ve been at QPR. It’s nice to have too many good players as opposed to not enough. It’s great to have a full squad. All players should be available for selection at the weekend.”
QPR vs Manchester City Betting Tips
With City’s form inconsistent they may struggle against a QPR squad that looks to be finally getting its act together. That said, City are still favourites to win the three points at Loftus Road with a 1-2 victory for the Citizens priced at 6/1 at Betway.
Charlie Austin looks like a solid bet to score for QPR with odds at 9/1 that he’ll score the first goal (William Hill).