Queens Park Rangers vs. Manchester City (Kick-off 19.45 GMT, Jan. 29th, Loftus Road Stadium)
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City make the trip to London to take on Harry Redknapp and his rock bottom Queens Park Rangers side looking to cut the lead Manchester United have at the top after seeing the lead shortened from seven to just five over the course of matches last weekend. City smashed two goals past Fulham last weekend and with David Silva returning to his best form again this season; things are looking brighter for Roberto Mancini and his men as they chase another Premier League victory.
With Queens Park Rangers struggling in the league and languishing at the foot of the table with just 15 points on board from 23 games so far, City might even afford themselves the luxury of taking them lightly knowing that they have a squad that can brush aside even the best of sides in Europe on its day, but with United leading them with five points at this stage of the season, that might be too much of a risk for Bobby Manc as he looks to get over the disappointment of another first round exit from the UEFA Champions League and needs to compensate for it with the league title.
Although Yaya Toure is missing for his duty with Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations, City are missing the best and most combative midfielder in the league by far but in Javi Garcia, they have a good enough replacement and the Spaniard is also doing more than a decent job with his name already being circulated as a potential replacement for Xabi Alonso at Real Madrid. City’s defense has also got back their old form over the last couple of weeks and hasn’t conceded in their last two fixtures in the Premier League.
But City has to remember that Queens Park Rangers have made a decent striker signing in the form of Loic Remy and he has already got off the mark in his very first match against West Ham United in last weekend’s 1-1 draw away from home. But the main problem for the former Tottenham Hotspur manager is his leaking defense and he is yet to sign someone who can be an assured presence at the back and provide at least some cover for goalkeeper Julio Cesar who has been absolutely brilliant for the bottom club of the Premier League over the last couple of weekends.