It was a weekend of contrasting fortunes for these two sides in the FA Cup fourth round as QPR fell to a humiliating 4-2 defeat at Loftus Road against League One side MK Dons, while Manchester City recorded a late 1-0 victory away at Stoke City.
For all the embarrassment of that defeat by the Dons, Premier League survival remains QPR’s main priority, with a number of players rested on Saturday ahead of the visit of the champions as they aim to cut the five-point gap between themselves and safety.
Harry Redknapp is expected to recall the likes of Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy back into the side, with the latter set to make his home debut for the club on the back of a goal in his first appearance in the 1-1 draw away at West Ham just over a week ago.
Unsurprisingly, Roberto Mancini’s men are huge 11/25 favourites to keep the pressure on league leaders Manchester United with a win in west London, with the draw at 17/5 and just a third win of the season for the Rs at 29/4.
City head into the game on the back of some quite devastating league form, winning six of their last seven fixtures, three of which came on their travels.
Indeed, the champions have been beaten just once on the road this campaign as they aim to make it back-to-back league titles.
If the last three games between these two sides are anything to go by, there should be plenty of goals this evening, with City running out 3-2 winners on both occasions last term, while also recording a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium in September.
The Blues have found the net three or more times on seven occasions this season and can be backed at a tempting 17/10 to do so once again, while the game to feature over 3.5 goals has been priced at 7/4.
Bosnian front man Edin Dzeko, who is City’s top scorer this season, has enjoyed playing against the Rs since their return to the top flight, finding the net on each of the last three occasions, and he’s 5/1 to open proceedings and 7/5 to score at any time.
Punters registering with bwin today can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on Dzeko to score at Loftus Road this evening would provide winnings of £48 if the former Wolfsburg man gets on the scoresheet once again.
And while Mancini’s men have the tightest defensive record in the league, conceding just 19 in total this term and recording ten clean sheets – including shut-outs in each of their last three outings – the Rs have the quality in their ranks to find the net.
With City having named a full-strength line-up at the weekend in what proved a difficult test at the Britannia, the QPR players should be more rested than their counterparts and odds of 17/20 can be had for both teams to score in the match.
That said, given the form the Citizens are currently in, it would take a brave man to back against them tomorrow night and while the Hoops are undefeated in their last three league matches, City should bring that mini-revival to an end and they are a chance to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1.
But predicting scorelines is a hazardous business so I will be backing Dzeko, who already has ten Premier League goals to his name this term, to notch against QPR once again in a probable triumph for the visitors.