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Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton, Heidar Helguson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Jason Puncheon concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
Alejandro Faurlin has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target. Clint Hill replaces Armand Traore.
Long range shot by Mario Balotelli goes wide right of the target.
Kolo Toure is brought on as a substitute for Edin Dzeko.
Jamie Mackie goes off and Tommy Smith comes on.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot.
James Milner concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Joey Barton on David Silva, free kick awarded. The referee shows Joey Barton a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Aleksandar Kolarov.
David Silva produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Mario Balotelli receives a caution. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Jason Puncheon is brought on as a substitute for Jay Bothroyd.
Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Blocked by Luke Young.
Daniel Gabbidon fouled by Mario Balotelli, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.
Mario Balotelli comes on in place of Gareth Barry.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. QPR 2-3 Man City.Assist by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Jamie Mackie results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Blocked by Heidar Helguson. Heidar Helguson fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. QPR 2-2 Man City.The assist for the goal came from Jay Bothroyd.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Adam Johnson coming on for Sergio Aguero.
Close range effort by Heidar Helguson goes over the bar.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Blocked by Stefan Savic.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Alejandro Faurlin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny. Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Effort from just outside the box by Jay Bothroyd goes over the bar.
Micah Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Free kick taken by Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Stefan Savic gets a block in.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
The referee blows for offside against Sergio Aguero. Luke Young takes the free kick.
Sergio Aguero has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Edin Dzeko has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
David Silva scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 1-2 Man City.Edin Dzeko provided the assist for the goal.
The official flags Edin Dzeko offside. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.
Shot on goal by Joey Barton from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Sergio Aguero challenges Anton Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Gnegneri Toure Yaya results in a free kick. Daniel Gabbidon takes the direct free kick.
Joey Barton takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Sergio Aguero produces a shot from just outside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Blocked by Armand Traore.
Edin Dzeko gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. QPR 1-1 Man City.Assist by James Milner.
Sergio Aguero fouled by Luke Young, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Aleksandar Kolarov.
Headed effort from close range by Jay Bothroyd bounces off the post.
Unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Luke Young takes the free kick.
Jay Bothroyd fouled by Stefan Savic, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance by Stefan Savic.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.
Jamie Mackie takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. The official flags Heidar Helguson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.
Aleksandar Kolarov challenges Jay Bothroyd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball, Jay Bothroyd finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. QPR 1-0 Man City.Assist by Joey Barton.
Gareth Barry challenges Daniel Gabbidon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Joey Barton, Close range headed effort by Heidar Helguson misses to the right of the target.
Stefan Savic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Heidar Helguson. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alejandro Faurlin by David Silva. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Heidar Helguson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
James Milner decides to take a short corner.
Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Micah Richards makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Luke Young results in a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
Edin Dzeko challenges Anton Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Patrick Kenny takes the free kick.
Heidar Helguson produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Foul by Gnegneri Toure Yaya on Jay Bothroyd, free kick awarded. Armand Traore takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Gareth Barry from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
QPR hit by injuries
QPR are struggling to fill their bench for the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City.
Shaun Derry is out with a groin problem, Akos Buzsaky has an Achilles complaint, Rob Hulse is sidelined with a knee injury and DJ Campbell is missing to foot damage.
However, Kieron Dyer could return from his foot injury while Adel Taarabt may play despite suffering from a stomach complaint.
Boss Neil Warnock has challenged his side to put up a good challenge in the clash.
"We`d like to give a good account of ourselves and show why we deserve to be in the Premier League," he said.
"It`s great for me as a manager to pit my wits against these teams.
"We`ve got to try and find a way of giving them a game and that`s what we`ve been doing this week."
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany misses out as he serves a suspension for his sending off against Wolves.
Playmaker David Silva will be assessed after being substituted during the midweek Champions League win at Villarreal with a back injury.
Joleon Lescott is expected to return in place of Kompany with Stefan Savic retaining his spot. Owen Hargreaves will hope to be in contention after a minor calf injury but Carlos Tevez is likely to remain frozen out.
City boss Roberto Mancini knows only too well where the main danger to his side could come from - his former player Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The 30-year-old winger has shone at Loftus Road since leaving City in August in the hope of getting more first-team opportunities.
Wright-Phillips had found chances limited among City's star-studded squad but his departure from the Etihad Stadium was amicable.
Unlike the cases involving Craig Bellamy and Emanuel Adebayor, Mancini still wanted to keep Wright-Phillips in his plans but could not offer any guarantees over appearances.
Mancini said: "I am sure Shaun will want to play very well against us, but I am happy because now he plays in every game - and he deserves that because he is a good guy and a good player.
"We need to pay attention to him on Saturday."
City produce comeback victory
Manchester City had to cope with the unique experience of falling behind at Loftus Road, but the Barclays Premier League leaders recovered to beat QPR 3-2 thanks to Yaya Toure's winner..
Coming off worst in a five-goal thriller will be scant consolation for Rangers.
They became the first team to take the lead against City in the Premier League this season, courtesy of Jay Bothroyd's fine header.
And they had the spirit to respond through Heidar Helguson after Edin Dzeko and David Silva turned the match on its head either side of the break.
However, from Toure's 73rd-minute header, there was no response, Helguson coming closest when he struck the bar eight minutes from time.
Yet, for all QPR's agonies, this City side are proving immensely hard to stop. Even if they only managed half the six goals they scored in their last away game at Old Trafford, they have now racked up 39 in 11 games, dropping only two points in the process and look more like title winners with every performance.
Chants of `John Terry, we know what you said' from the home fans - in reference to the racism accusations denied by the England defender - were virtually forgotten by the final whistle, so enthralling had the contest been.
Indeed, it was hard to recall that City had been so lethargic for the opening half hour.
With old boys Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton keen to do well, QPR put their opponents on the back foot.
Helguson turned a Barton corner back across goal but just out of Ferdinand's reach.
Joe Hart was forced to parry a thunderous Jamie Mackie effort away as City struggled to cope without suspended skipper Joleon Lescott.
Not once during their flying start to the domestic campaign have City found themselves behind.
Just before the half hour, it finally happened.
Roberto Mancini could not be happy with the ease of QPR's goal either.
Barton sent a decent free-kick into the visitors' box but Bothroyd simply climbed highest in a crowded penalty area and sent a firm header into the bottom corner.
City were rocking and Bothroyd came agonisingly close to grabbing a second when Helguson seized on a stray pass and picked the striker out with an excellent cross to the far post.
Bothroyd met it well enough, but the one-time England international could only turn away in despair as his header clipped the outside of a post.
It seemed the visitors were there for the taking.
But, like the champions they hope to become, they rallied quickly enough to haul themselves level before half-time.
James Milner started it with a surge downfield from inside his own half.
He released the previously subdued Dzeko, who cut inside Luke Young and thrashed a shot into the bottom corner, his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
And City weren't finished there, with Sergio Aguero's well-struck effort bouncing back off the base of a post to provide QPR with a warning they would not even collect a point easily.
If they thought a fine Barton shot that brought a sprawling save out of Hart straight after the restart would be a sign of things to come, they were sadly mistaken.
Forced off by a back injury during the Champions League win over Villarreal in midweek, Silva had returned to duty but not made much of an impression.
That was until Dzeko picked up out with a low cross from the left touchline.
The Spain star's next move had a touch of genius about it, even though it was so simple.
As the QPR defence waited for a touch to control, or even a dummy, Silva attacked the ball at pace, getting him away from Danny Gabbidon but with enough room in front of Ferdinand to blast home a fine goal.
It seemed QPR were doomed. But they rallied magnificently, and after Barton had gone close, Bothroyd met Armand Traore's cross and his goalbound header bounced in off Helguson.
Once again, Loftus Road was alive with the electricity of fans who believed a famous win was on the cards.
But City had no time for such dreams.
Calmly, Kolarov strode down the left flank, then picked out Toure with a superb curling cross that invited a powerful headed finish.
Helguson so nearly levelled near the end but it was the Blues celebrating once more at the end as they maintained their winning habit.
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