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Manchester City vs QPR preview, possible lineups & key stats

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Nothing but three points will do for Manchester City if they’re to have a chance of finishing in the top two for a fourth consecutive season.

Anything less than three points for Queens Park Rangers and you can write off their chances of playing Premier League football next season.

Manchester City head into Sunday’s match off the back of three straight wins whilst the visitors have only picked up seven points on their travels this season. If you’re headed up to Manchester for this or any other game in the future and need an affordable hotel room in Manchester, check out the deals at Cheaprooms.co.uk.

Team News

Manchester City

Vincent Kompany is set to miss his fourth straight game with a thigh injury picked up in the Manchester derby.

A hamstring injury is set to rule Yaya Touré out of action this weekend. Both Jesús Navas and Samir Nasri are doubts in midfield too.

Queens Park Rangers

Nedum Onuoha is suspended for the visitors following his foolish red card at Anfield last weekend. Chris Ramsey has the rest of his defense available for selection.

Aside from Alejandro Faurlín, who has been out for virtually the entire season, Eduardo Vargas is the only other injury for the Rs.

Predicted Lineups

Martín Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala are the centre-back pairing in the absence of Vincent Kompany. Aleksandar Kolarov has started the last three games at left-back, whilst Pablo Zabaleta plays on the right of defense. Fernando and Fernandinho could be the midfield partnership in front of the back four, whilst David Silva, Frank Lampard and James Milner could support Sergio Agüero in attack.

Mauricio Isla, Richard Dunner, Steven Caulker and Yun Suk-young are expected to be the back four for the West Londoners. Joey Barton, Sandro and Leroy Fer offer protection in midfield, whilst Matty Phillips’ pace down the right is the biggest threat they offer. Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora partner up front and presumably QPR are going to go for the victory with two up front instead of waving the white flag on their Premier League season this weekend.

Key Matchups

Sergio Agüero vs Richard Dunne
The Premier League’s top scorer following five goals in his last four games, Sergio Agüero can be expected to get on the scoresheet this weekend too. The Argentine has the beating of a Queens Park Rangers defense that has looked woeful this season. Once the first goal goes in on Sunday we wouldn’t be surprised if the floodgates opened on Richard Dunne and co.

David Silva vs Mauricio Isla
Manchester City’s Spanish playmaker continues to play well and has a good matchup this weekend with QPR’s right-back Mauricio Isla who likes to bomb forward. David Silva’s passing ability should see him open up the QPR back four with the excellent movement of Agüero to pick out up front should give the home fans and neutrals alike a lot to cheer for.

Frank Lampard vs Joey Barton
With the Premier League title race over Frank Lampard appears to be getting a few starts to end his career in England before heading for the USA. The Chelsea legend remains a goalscoring threat and should fancy his chances versus his former side’s rivals. Joey Barton may be the man to stop the former England international having a big impact on this game, especially with Sandro being a shadow of his former self.

Key Stats

2 – The last two meetings between these sides have ended in draws.

5 – Edin Džeko has scored three goals and recorded two assists in two Premier League starts and three substitute appearances versus Queens Park Rangers.

606 – Only Ryan Giggs (632) has made more appearances in Premier League history than Frank Lampard.

 

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