Relegation-threatened QPR must call on the same spirit that saw off European champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge not too long ago if they are to defeat the defending Premier League champions Manchester City at Loftus Road.
Harry Redknapp’s side have been gradually picking up points and are undefeated in the league in 2013 but remain four points off 18th-placed Reading and are fast running out of time and matches if they are to make a great escape.
The Rs will almost certainly return to their first choice XI after Redknapp chose to rotate his squad for the embarrassing FA Cup defeat at home to MK Dons on the weekend, although Shaun Wright-Phillips and Junior Hoilett are struggling with ankle and hamstring injuries. Bobby Zamora made his return from the substitutes bench against Milton Keynes and should be available for selection again, while Loic Remy looks set to start up front after his goalscoring debut at West Ham last week.
Manchester City will look to close the gap on leaders Manchester United, who play the following day, to just two points and Roberto Mancini will be aided by the returns of Samir Nasri and Mario Balotelli, who have recovered from illness.
However, captain Vincent Kompany misses out with a calf injury picked up in the FA Cup victory at Stoke while potential replacement Matija Nastasic is doubtful with a knee problem. Sergio Aguero looks set to return up front in place of either Edin Dzeko or Carlos Tevez.
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