Manchester City fell nine points short of champions Manchester United last season, although it looks as though it could be the other way around this term, with Roberto Mancini’s side currently blazing a trail at the top of the Premier League that no other team can live with.
City have already recorded emphatic victories at White Hart Lane and Old Trafford this term, so there is no reason to suggest that QPR will stop them in their tracks on Saturday evening, with the bookmakers offering a best price 4/11 (William Hill – £25 free bets) that the visitors return to Manchester with their five-point lead intact.
The one slight concern for anyone piling into Manchester City at prohibitive odds is that this game takes place shortly after a midweek trip to Spain where the Premier League leaders beat Villarreal 3-0. While Mancini is likely to rotate his squad, this will be a match where Rangers will feel they have nothing to lose.
Neil Warnock’s side are 9/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to follow up that controversial win over Chelsea with another triumph and they will get stuck into their opponents, with the supporters likely to make Loftus Road an uncomfortable venue for the visitors.
Sergio Aguero was left on the bench for Wednesday’s game and the Argentine is 7/2 to open the scoring in this match, with Edin Dzeko also likely to get a run out after missing out against Villarreal. David Silva sustained a back injury a few days ago, although Mancini confirmed that he should be OK to play.
City’s scoring record has been quite phenomenal this term and a 5-0 win in their favour is on offer at 33/1, although Vincent Kompany is suspended in central defence and that could lead to the home side getting goals of their own. Boylesports offer 100/1 about a 5-2 win.