A look ahead to the fixture which last season crowned City champions!
After two performances that have put some pressure on the team and Mancini, is this the game where City really start to kick on? QPR are not playing to the standard that was hoped for by the supporters, getting thumped 5-0 on the opening day of the season by Swansea, then a draw at Carrow Road. After all the new signings they have made, what a great opportunity they have to show a statement of intent and get a result at the home of the Champions. Is it possible? Southampton came close but couldn't really cope when City found some attacking flair towards the end.
If QPR are going to get something, it is vital that they stay strong defensively for the full 90 minutes. This will be hard if Nasri, Silva, Y.Toure and Tevez are up to standard. Four exceptional attacking players, who are good enough to take their chances if the "Super Hoops" falter. If they all hit form at the same time, aswell as Aguero fit, City would be almost unbeatable. Tevez is certainly on form and it could be extremely hard for QPR to contain him. Also when Yaya get's running on the ball, City look like they're going to score almost every time.
With the "RS" defence looking very poor, if City get a couple it might just be a question of how many will City score? QPR also have some attacking quality with Cisse and Zamora. Cisse came to the Prem in the January transfer window, and for most of the remainder of the season he either scored or got sent off. But his goal in this fixture last season almost cost City the title. In my opinion Zamora should of stayed at Fulham, but you never know he might prove me wrong and have a good season this year. I doubt that Mancini will stick with three at the back, as it obviously didn't work away at Liverpool and it never really has worked brilliantly. It is almost certain that Kolo Toure, after his very poor performance at Anfield, will not start against the "Hoops". I hope that he is replaced by Joleon Lescott, because he and Kompany work so well together at the back.
Zabaleta will probarly start again after two great performances in our opening games. He was our best defender last Sunday and I see no reason to drop him. In midfield David Silva should be fit to start and Milner will probarly be on the bench in his place. I think we should stick with De Jong, Yaya and Nasri and play Tevez upfront by himself. Though with only one striker I don't think this is a negative line-up, and we'd still have Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli on the bench if needed. Mario Balotelli was positive against Liverpool making decent runs but he just wasn't good enough to make a real impact. I really don't think it is necessary to start him on Saturday though.
Edin Dzeko was superb against Southampton but it didn't really go his way at Anfield, though he had a few decent chances. Both players have real class and I'm sure they'll have their moments this season when they show their quality. In the transfer window, Sinclair is at the time of writing having a medical at City and players such as Maicon being linked. Walcott is likely to be staying at Arsenal despite the reported interest from City. Martinez is heading to Bayern Munich, so will not be signing for City.
I can't wait for this transfer window to be over, the amount of players getting linked is almost ridiculous. Jack Rodwell's overall contribution has been good, heading one of the line (Liverpool game) and passing well, but has been unlucky to have cost us two goals in his first games in a City shirt. It's really a question of him or De Jong, but if the Dutchman leaves then Rodwell will be there to come in to replace him.
A lot of City fans think we're missing Gareth Barry a lot. Though a great player and very underrated I'm not sure that's why our start has been a bit shaky. In the rematch of the famous "Champions" game last season I think it's going to be a great game, with both sides having something to prove so early on. QPR will put up a fight but City will hold strong and win it fairly comfortably in the end. I do though think QPR will score. Nasri, a brace from Tevez for City and Cisse for the Super Hoops.
I'm really looking forward to the game - COME ON CITY!!!
Prediction: 3-1 City.