High-profile hash ups at home and abroad have heaped the pressure on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who can’t afford anything but three points at Loftus Road this evening.
Their Champions League involvement hangs by the most frayed of threads, their defence of the Capital One Cup was anything but heroic and, as Chelsea creep further away at the top of the table, their defence of the Premier League title looks to be heading the same way.
Still, despite their world crumbling to ash and bone right before their eyes, the Citizens can be backed as clear 1/2 favourites to beat a resurgent QPR team.
Given the upturn in the R’s fortunes of late, their 11/2 for victory boasts plenty of appeal, especially compared to the miniscule Man City offering.
Here’s why Harry Redknapp’s men are worth a flutter:
The Super Hoops are a reliable source of goals.
Loitering in the bottom three they may be, but their troubles a borne out of road weariness.
At base camp QPR can be trusted to bag a goal or two.
Only in the most unfortunate of circumstances against Hull on the opening day were they unable to find the net (despite having 13 shots).
Since then they’ve scored in four straight home games, striking twice in each of their last three.
This number of goals would’ve been enough to get at least a point out of City on each of their last five outings.
CSKA Moscow (twice), Newcastle and West Ham all perforated City’s backline twice in the last four games and it was enough to record three wins between them.
Manchester United would’ve also got the better of their neighbours had they notched as many at the Etihad last weekend.
Should QPR maintain their scoring streak, it stands to reason that they’ll win here.
City have kept just two clean sheets on the road all season.
These came against two of the Premier League’s most feeble attacking units, Newcastle and Aston Villa, the latter’s inability to locate the net rapidly becoming the stuff of legend.
In total, they’ve managed to shut just four sides out home and away and they must make the trip to the capital without their most competent defender Vincent Kompany.
Results have favoured the Citizens in their skipper’s absence recently, but with morale undoubtedly low at the minute, the absence of such an inspirational figure will only serve to hamper their chances.