QPR vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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QPR vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Last season, Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers met in one of the most memorable Premier League games in recent memory, when City defeated QPR 3-2 on the last day of the season, scoring two goals in stoppage time to win the EPL title.

On Tuesday, the teams will meet again, though the stakes won't be quite as high this time around. 

City will be looking to earn the three points and keep pace with Manchester United, currently atop the table and five points clear of City. Meanwhile, QPR is the bottom-feeder of the league with only 15 points on the year and could use the points to stave off relegation.

Few will give QPR a chance in this game, though the team nearly ruined City's 2011-12 season. City won the first meeting between these teams in September, 3-1, after all. So will we have another cracking match on Tuesday, or will it be domination from City?

 

When: Tuesday, January 29 at 2:45 p.m. ET

Where: Loftus Road Stadium, London, England

Watch: ESPN Deportes; ESPN3

 

What They're Saying

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Outside of the actual game, one of the big discussions during this contest will likely be surrounding the future of Manchester City's Mario Balotelli. 

It's been no secret that AC Milan have been on the prowl for the enigmatic but talented forward this month, and even less of a secret that Balotelli has fallen out of favor in Manchester.

But he's not in Italy yet.

From ESPN:

Mario Balotelli is "still a Manchester City player", according to first-team coach David Platt, amid speculation the striker is set to join AC Milan.

Reports on Monday suggest Balotelli, 22, is poised to complete a return to Italy to sign for Milan, having struggled for regular first-team football at City this season.

Balotelli, who signed for City from Inter Milan for £24 million in 2010, was also recently photographed having a training ground row with manager Roberto Mancini, casting further doubt over his future.

 

QPR Player to Watch: Adel Taarabt

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QPR is a long shot at best to beat Manchester City and will likely be playing much of this game with the bus firmly parked. But one player who can quickly turn a counter-attack into a breathtaking goal is Adel Taarabt.

The midfielder is one of the truly special talents on QPR, able to beat defenders and amaze spectators with dazzling displays of skill and highlight-reel goals. He's also prone to trying to do too much himself, leading him into selfish play at times, so it's a double-edged sword.

Make no mistake about it, City will know where Taarabt is at all times on the pitch.

With four goals and four assists in 19 league appearances for QPR, he's the one player that might cause Manchester City a few headaches.

 

Manchester City Player to Watch: Edin Dzeko

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Manchester City's top scorer isn't Carlos Tevez. It isn't Sergio Aguero. No, friends, it is Edin Dzeko, who has 11 goals in 30 appearances for Manchester City this season.

Dzeko is as likely to start a game and score the first tally for City as he is to come off the bench in a super-sub role and find the netting at a timely point in the game.

His movement this season has been spectacular, and if it weren't for an occasional dose of erratic finishing, he could easily have even more goals. Dzeko works hard to find open space where he can exploit the defense, and he's supplanted Balotelli in Roberto Mancini's forward rotation.

And justifiably so. Dzeko might not be the biggest name in City's attacking force, but he's been as good as any other City player this season.

 

Which team wins?

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Prediction

If ever there were two teams at completely different ends of the Premier League spectrum, these are those teams. City is currently in a race to finish atop the league with Manchester United, while QPR seem all but guaranteed to meet relegation this season.

City wins easily, 3-0.

 

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