Premiership new boys QPR face stern opposition this weekend as they welcome Roberto Mancini’s high-flying Manchester City to Loftus Road.
Having defeated Villarreal 3-0 in their Champions League group stage fixture on Wednesday night, Manchester City extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 7 games and this, added to the fact that Mancini’s side have scored 36 goals in their first 10 Premier League games (a new Premier League record) means that Neil Warnock’s men will be bracing themselves for a tough test on Saturday.
However, despite losing 3-1 to Tottenham last Sunday and shipping 6 goals without reply to rivals Fulham at the start of October, Queens Park Rangers will take confidence from their recent 1-0 home victory to Chelsea. Indeed QPR defender Danny Gabbidon, who has returned from injury, claims that his team won’t be overawed by Manchester City’s wealth of talent.
“We can’t be scared of these teams. We need to go out there and believe in ourselves a bit more.” said the Welshman.
“It’s 11 versus 11 at the end of the day and we can’t afford to give them too much respect.”
Queens Park Rangers currently sit 12th in the table, having accrued 12 points from 10 games.
In contrast, unbeaten Manchester City are at the summit of the table, with 28 points from 10 games.
Nevertheless, City will be without their ever-present captain, Vincent Kompany, who is serving a suspension and Mancini has stated that he will have to make some changes in the interests of squad fitness.
“We’ll change some players, but if you want to play at this level that’s what happens.”, stated the Italian.
20 year old Montenegrin Stefan Savić played against Villarreal and with Kolo Touré’s questionable fitness, it seems likely that the young stopper will start alongside Joleon Lescott in Kompany’s absence.
And although Mario Balotelli netted against Villarreal, it is likely that Edin Dzeko and Sergio Agüero will return to the starting lineup.
After upsetting Chelsea, Neil Warnock will be hopeful of causing an upset, but Manchester City’s attacking prowess will probably prove to be overwhelming.