After a week of mixed fortunes, Manchester City return to league action as they travel to West London to take on struggling Queens Park Rangers.
Despite seeing his side fail to earn their first point away from this season, QPR manager Harry Redknapp had many reasons to be satisfied after they pushed leaders and title favourites Chelsea hard and only lost to a 75th minute penalty.
Given Man City’s recent struggles, the R’s will feel they have a very real chance to take something here, particularly with Charlie Austin beginning to score goals consistently in the Premier League, and as their performances at home have been predominantly strong.
The Manchester derby began slowly, and City eventually struggled to victory with the aid of a sending off and a great first-time finish from Sergio Aguero. It was a crucial result as they avoided slipping further behind Chelsea.
However, things all went wrong on Wednesday as their Champions League campaign was left seemingly in tatters by defeat to CSKA Moscow at the Etihad Stadium. The performance was a flat as any by City in recent years, and two red cards amid a loss of discipline made matters worse, so Manuel Pellegrini will be under pressure to achieve a positive result.
Rio Ferdinand continues to serve his suspension for misconduct on Twitter, while QPR are also without long-term absentee Alejandro Faurlin.
Man City are unable to call upon key duo Aleksander Kolarov and David Silva, but Frank Lampard could make his comeback from injury.
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