Rs' New Boys Promise a Cracker at the Etihad
Just in case you didn't watch Sky Sports for the month preceding the Premier League season, allow me to remind you of how last season ended. Manchesters United & City both needed to win. If City won, the United result was unimportant, and if you don't know what happened, you must be a strong sleeper. Sergio Aguero scored a goal, and lifted a trophy. Enough?
Well, now QPR visit the Etihad Stadium again, and this time, nothing is on the line! Will the teams play out a dull 0-0 draw? Will Martin Tyler burst even more blood vessels? Whilst both unlikely, you never know, and you can find a full range of football betting on the match here*
Of course, Manchester City have since looked a bit shaky in the opening of their title defence, and will be looking for an assuring victory. The injury to Sergio Aguero in the second half of their season opener was a blow, and although not as bad as originally feared, his loss for a month could prove important. Last week against Liverpool, City looked inept at times, and their attack was bland and unimaginative. The team's set-up looked all over the place, and the personnel that Mancini used did not go down well, so it is safe to expect changes. Of course, the one man that always looks likely to create something forthe Champions is Ivorian playmaker Yaya Toure, and with offering 4/1 on him netting in a City win, William Hill really is the Home of Betting.
QPR will look to field a whole new 11 this weekend after signing every man and their dog in the last week. Well, at least, Stephane M'Bia, Esteban Granero, and Julio Caesar have all joined the Hoops, and add some real strength to a team who avoided relegation last season by hair. The season didn't start well for the Rs, but a strong away performance at Carrow Road earned them a point, fuelling the team with some new found confidence. A man that is never short of said confidence is Djibril Cisse. The mercurial Frenchman is never short of an opinion, nor a goal, and promises to be a threat to the City defence, scoring 4 in his last 6 games, one of which was against Manchester City. If you fancy Cisse to score in a QPR win, bet now.
In their last 30 home games, Manchester City are unbeaten, only losing 4 points along the way. One of the managers to have taken anything from the Etihad during that time was then-Fulham manager Mark Hughes. After conceding more than one only once in 15, City have seen their defences breached twice in two consecutive games, and without a clean sheet away from home in 17 PL games, we are promised goals in this one. To find our full range of goal markets, click here.
Coverage of this game begins at 16:30 on ESPN, licking off an hour later.
*- Does not include any markets on Martin Tyler, nor his health.