Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City: Match Preview

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Queens Park Rangers v Manchester City
Barclays Premier League
Loftus Road
Saturday, 5th November; 17:30

Team News

Neil Warnock faces a selection headache ahead of the visit of the Barclays Premier League leaders, with Adel Taarabt, Shaun Derry and Armand Traore all major doubts.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany begins a three-match suspension after his dismissal against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

David Silva's back injury, picked up against Villarreal could see him sidelined, but Owen Hargreaves is set for a return following a calf strain.


Warnock promises to attack

Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock says his side won't hold back when they host league leaders Manchester City on Saturday.

Rangers have already registered the scalp of Chelsea upon their return to the Premier League, and are seeking a second shock of the season.

Warnock saw his QPR fight gallantly against Tottenham Hotspur last week before eventually suffering defeat, and the 62-year-old is hoping his players rise to the challenge.

"We'd like to give a good account of ourselves and show why we deserve to be in the Premier League," Warnock said.

"It's great for me, as a Manager, to pit my wits against these teams.

"We've probably got less ability than Man City in our squad, but I think that everyone in the Premier League has the same problem.

"We've got to try and find a way of giving them a game and that's what we've been doing this week."

With injuries and suspensions affecting his squad for the visit to west London, Roberto Mancini has promised to ring the changes.

Victory over Villarreal in mid-week in the Champions League keeps their hopes alive of qualifying for the last-16, and City are likely to call upon Gareth Barry and Edin Dzeko, both rested for the clash, for Saturday's teatime trip to Loftus Road.

“They also have some very good, experienced players and they beat Chelsea in their last home game, so they deserve respect and have made a very good start this season," Mancini stated.

“Loftus Road is a tight, compact ground and it will be hard if we are not at our very best. We will need to change some players, too, because we are playing two games in three days, but at least there is a break after Saturday.

“For now, though, our only focus is on QPR and playing well enough to return home with three points.”

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