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Match Preview: City vs Queens Park Rangers

The year is winding down, and City is looking to send QPR down with it.

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As another eventful week comes to a close for City, managerial rumors swirl and transfer talks flare up like your father's gout after a nice plate of scallops. The uncertainty gives a sense of restlessness to the club, but there is still work to be done and position to be gained in the table, even if a title is unattainable. In comes QPR. The Rangers are once again finding themselves in the position of a cornered dog as they are at the bottom of the table, and at this point, the match will be City's to lose. If QPR loses, it is a guarantee of relegation, so expect nothing but a dog fight on QPR's part, drama that City is certainly accustomed to.

City's home form of 11-3-1 in their last fifteen matches can almost assure a victory against their visitors from London. But as we have seen from their play against other bottom clubs, nothing is assured when it comes to City. Sergio Aguero has been nothing short of brilliant as he looks to add the Golden Boot trophy to his cabinet, and his scoring record against QPR is solid.

Defensively, Captain Vincent Kompany has been cleared to play, but the conundrum lies in whether or not to play him, or keep the current partnership in Mangala and Demichelis, that has only seen one loss in this campaign. Yaya Toure, who is having a birthday in the mid week (let's not forget this time) also returns and will likely start, the only injury Pelligrini mentioned in his Friday presser was that of Samir Nasri.

Look for City to come out victorious in this one. Although many Blues remember a May day where QPR came into the Etihad, this match doesn't hold as much weight, but there is still something to play for.

Expected Line Up:

Hart, Kolarov, Kompany, Demichelis, Zabaleta, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Milner, Navas, Aguero

Expected Subs:

Caballero, Mangala, Sagna, Fernando, Lampard, Dzeko, Bony