Saturday, September 1, 2012
Kick-off: 17.30 BST
TV: Live ESPN, Highlights, BBC1 Match Of The Day.
Manchester City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott,
Clichy; Rodwell, Y Touré; Nasri, Silva, Milner; Tévez.
Out: Agüero (knee), Barry (abdominal), Richards (ankle).
QPR (Probable, 4-4-2): Green; Fabio, Hill, Ferdinand, Traoré; Mackie,
Park, Faurlin, Hoilett; Cissé, Zamora.
Out: Barton (suspended), Diakite (personal reasons).
Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 1, Red 0, Yellow 1.
Manchester City are still without striker Sergio Agüero and midfielder Gareth Barry for their Premier League clash against QPR.
Agüero is likely to be out until mid-September while Barry might still be three or four weeks away from a return despite a recent reserves outing.
England right-back Micah Richards also remains on the sidelines.
Esteban Granero could make his QPR debut at Manchester City after he received international clearance following his move from Real Madrid.
New goalkeeper Julio Cesar will not feature as he has not been given clearance and Samba Diakite is also missing for personal reasons.
Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer could feature after returning from their respective long-term layoffs in midweek.
Less than four months after Sergio Agüero’s famous goal won City a first title in 44 years, former manager Mark Hughes and his much-changed QPR side head to the Etihad Stadium.
On that day Mancini would have expected to be able to bolster his side significantly but in all likelihood Jack Rodwell will be the only new face on display, while Hughes could field an entirely different 11 from the last day of last season.
Betting: Home 1-5, Away 10-1, Draw 6-1.
Stat of the game: Roberto Mancini takes charge of Manchester City for the 100th game in the Premier League and needs two goals for 200.
Ian Whittell’s prediction: Manchester City 3 Queens Park Rangers 1.