The English Premier League championship and the last relegation spot will be decided with the Manchester City vs Queens Park Rangers game at Etihad Stadium in Manchester on May 13.
If City wins the game they will win the league unless Manchester United can manage to win away in Sunderland by a landslide. City and United are level at the top of the league with 86 points each, but city’s goal difference is better than United’s by eight. If City loses or draws and united wins then United will retain their EPL crown.
At the other end of the table, QPR sits in 17th place with 37 points. They’re two ahead of Bolton, one behind Aston Villa, and three adrift of Wigan. They could still stay in the EPL even if they lose or draw this game as long as Bolton doesn’t win. However, a win will guarantee them survival. If City does manage to win the league it’ll be their first championship in 44 years.
Man City will be hoping that striker Kun Aguero will be able to add to his 22 league goals this year. He has 29 overall for the club in his first season in England. City also has strikers Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko, and Mario Balotelli to choose from, with David Silva supplying them with balls. They should have all the motivation in the world knowing a win will likely win them the league.
QPR should also be motivated since this game could mean the difference between Premier League and Championship League football next season. Also, manager Mark Hughes is supposed to be paid a $1.6 million bonus if he can keep the London-based team in the EPL.
QPR will be relying on striker Djibril Cissé to spearhead their attack. Oddly enough, Cisse has played just seven times for the club this season and has either scored a goal or been sent off. He has two red cards to go along with his five goals and has missed seven games due to suspensions.
Man City has won their last five games in a row, with a 2-0 win at Newcastle last weekend in their last match. QPR has three wins and two losses in their past five outings with their last game being a 1-0 home win over Stoke City. The last time these two teams met in Manchester, QPR beat City 3-1, but it was back in the old first division in 2000.
Predictions for Man City vs QPR
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has a full and healthy squad to choose from. However, it looks like Hughes could be missing Samba Diakité, Shaun Derry, Alejandro Faurlin, and Akos Buzsaky.
This game looks like a cakewalk on paper, but stranger things have happened. Still, look for city to do enough to win the game to guarantee themselves at least a share of first place and probably the title on goal difference.
Sportsbook William Hill has the current odds of a Manchester City victory at 1/7 with a Queens Park Rangers win at 20/1 and a draw at 6/1.