QPR vs Manchester City: Mancini to enjoy latest London visit
QPR’s distinctively average home record means that they are likely to be able to slow down Manchester City’s charge towards the Premier League title.
Manchester City have only dropped two points from their opening ten Premier League games and this draw occurred on their last trip to London.
However, the fact that QPR have only triumphed in one of their last nine home games does not inspire confidence that they can thwart Roberto Mancini’s team in the same way that Fulham did back in September.
Maanchester City’s odds to beat QPR are 1/3 and a victory would ensure that they at least retain their five-point advantage at the top of the Premier League standings.
QPR are potentially a big price at 8/1 to triumph if they can get amongst a Manchester City team that may be below their best after a midweek Champions League trip to Villarreal, while the draw is available at 4/1.
One thing that should be expected at Loftus Road is goals, particularly as Manchester City have already netted 36 league goals this season and have an abundance of attacking jewels at their disposal.
It is 11/8 that over 3.5 goals are scored and this could be even more likely if QPR take the decision that their best form of defence is simply to attack.
Sergio Aguero only made a brief substitute appearance in Villarreal and is likely to be recalled. The Argentine is 11/4 to be the first goalscorer.
Adam Johnson may also start and could represent better value in this market at 7/1 if allowed to cut in and shoot on his favoured left foot.
For QPR, Shaun Wright-Phillips will be hoping for a big performance against one of his former clubs and given his shooting abilities, 5/1 looks reasonable value that he finds the target at some point in the 90 minutes.