Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers: Match Preview

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Sunday, May 13: Kick-off: 1500


Manchester City have no fresh injury concerns for Sunday's clash with Queens Park Rangers, and Roberto Mancini is likely to have a full squad to choose from.

Mario Balotelli did not even make the squad against Newcastle in City's last encounter, but could be named on the bench this weekend.

Mark Hughes has doubts over QPR duo Shaun Derry and Akos Buzsaky, with the former nursing a dead leg and the latter struggling with a hamstring complaint.

Samba Diakite is still unavailable after being struck down by a viral infection, but Heidar Helguson could return from a groin injury.


Mancini: No Hughes feud


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists Sunday's title decider against Queens Park Rangers is not a personal battle between him and former Sky Blues boss Mark Hughes.

Mancini was appointed to replace Hughes following the controversial sacking of the latter in December 2009, and the pair have endured a relatively prickly relationship ever since.

Hughes brings his side to the Etihad Stadium knowing a point will ensure Premier League survival, and severely damage City's prospects of beating his former club Manchester United to the title.

City, meanwhile, only need to match what United do in order to land a first league crown since 1968, and Mancini does not believe Hughes is focused on any personal gain this weekend.

"This is not important - on Sunday we play Manchester City against QPR," Mancini told his press conference.

"For me, they are a good team, they don't deserve to stay at the bottom.

"They want to do everything to stay in the Premier League and for this reason I think it will be a tough game.

"I don't know him [Hughes] very well but it is not Mancini against Hughes or Hughes against Mancini. It is City against QPR.

"One team plays for the title, the other plays [to avoid] relegation."

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