City Continues Chase Against Hapless Hoops

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Carlos Tevez scored his 50th goal for City against QPR last year.

Things were looking to be on the up at Loftus Road in 2012; a shock 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was followed by a scoreless draw with Tottenham, while Rangers shared the points at Upton Park against West Ham. But that all came crashing down at the weekend when League One outfit Milton Keynes Dons put four past former England ‘keeper Robert Green in QPR’s goal in a fourth-round FA Cup tie. The end scoreline of 4-2 in the Dons’ favour flattered Harry Redknapp’s side, which slotted two late goals.

QPR’s quest to avoid relegation doesn’t get any easier on Wednesday morning (AEDT) when it clashes with in-form Manchester City . Roberto Mancini’s team is hot on the tail of cross-town rival Manchester United, and collecting the three points in west London is an absolute must if they’re to chase down the Red Devils. City comes in to the match after disposing of Stoke City 1-0 thanks to a late Pablo Zabaleta-winner in their weekend FA Cup clash.

A Rangers side which has scored just three goals in its past six EPL games will find it even tougher to score against City’s defence. The Sky Blues have posted three straight clean sheets in the Premier League, and across all competitions they haven’t allowed a goal in 285 minutes of play. The Citizens won’t be full strength, though, as Kolo and Yaya Toure are both currently with the Ivory Coast squad playing in the Africa Cup of Nations, while Vincent Kompany has been ruled out due to a calf injury. Up front, Edin Dzeko appears to be the main danger after scoring in the last three league fixtures City has played against the Hoops, all of which were wins.

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