Manchester City vs Queens Park Rangers (QPR) Preview Sept. 1

by Punter's Hero on September 1, 2012

in Football, Latest News

Manchester City will kick off at home at the Etihad Stadium against Queens Park Rangers on Sat. Sept. 1st in a rematch of last season’s thrilling finale. It was on the last day of the 2011/12 campaign that these two teams met in one of the most dramatic English Premier League games ever. QPR was fighting relegation while City was going for the league title.

Even though QPR skipper Joey Barton was shown a straight red card and handed a 12-game suspension for his violent actions on the pitch, QPR held a 2-1 lead in the 90th minute. Man United had just won their game and it looked like they would retain the title. However, City scored two goals in injury time to shock the world and take the league crown over United by goal difference.

Edin Dzeko scored to level the game and then Sergio Aguero added the winner as City won the league for the first time since way back in 1968. However, Aguero won’t be on the pitch this time around as he suffered an injury in the club’s season-opening 3-2 win over Southampton. They then played to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in Liverpool last weekend. That’s four goals the champions have allowed already in two matches.

Manager Roberto Mancini didn’t make too many changes to the squad during the offseason. He bought Englishmen Scott Sinclair from Swansea and Jack Rodwell from Everton and Brazilian defender Maicon has also reportedly been signed. However, there’s a good chance the winger and midfielder will sit on the bench for most of the season. In addition, Nigel de Jong was sold during the transfer window, which is set to close on Aug. 31.

QPR has made a boat load of changes during the summer, but they still got hammered 5-0 at home in their season opener against Swansea and then managed just a 1-1 draw with Norwich. They have added midfielder Park Ji-Sung from Man United, goalkeeper Julio Cesar from Inter Milan as well as forward David Hoilet from Blackburn and midfielder Esteban Granero from Real Madrid. Things will be tough for them at the Etihad as City hasn’t lost there in the last 30 matches with 28 of them being wins. In their past 21 league games, QPR has dropped 42 points, while earning just 21.

Betting Predictions for Man City vs QPR

Skill-wise, QPR has some very good players. If Cesar starts in goal it will definitely be a big boost for the London club. City has played some sloppy football so far this season and was lucky to be gifted two goals from Liverpool last week for their draw. QPR could surprise them in this game, but it’s doubtful that they’ll win it. Look for city to squeak out a win in a close match.

Bet365.com has the latest match odds at 2/9 for a Man City win and 14/1 for a QPR victory A draw is presently at 9/2.

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