QPR were beaten 3-1 in match week 10, by Tottenham. Gareth Bale gave Spurs the lead on 20 minutes, and Van der Vaart helped double it, 13 minutes later. Bothroyd reduced the margin on 62 minutes but Spurs had the last laugh when Bale scored his second goal, 10 minutes later. Playing away, QPR did well enough to cause some worries to the home team, especially at 2-1. But in the end, they lost to a better team, and they would take consolation from the fight they gave the White Hart squad. Bothroyd’s goal for QPR resulted when Joey Barton’s corner kick was sent back across the box by a Helguson header, and Bothroyd nodded home from three yards.
Man City continued their imperious march towards what could be their first Premier League title, beating Wolves 3-1, at the Etihad, in match week 10. The visitors kept the home team at bay during the first half but City came out aggressively after the interval and the pressure on the Wolves defence paid off when Dzeko struck on 52 minutes, to give Mancini’s men the lead. Fifteen minutes later, Kolarov made it 2-0 and even a sending off of Kompany and Hunt’s resultant penalty goal for Wolves was not enough. Ten-man City defended well and managed to add a third goal, late into injury time, thereby underscoring the difference in quality, between the sides.
Head to head, the sides have had 12 league meetings in the last 10 years. Of those, QPR have won 5, while Man City have emerged triumphant in 3, with the remaining 4 games ending in stalemates.
After 10 games, this season, QPR are in 12th place, on the Premier League points table, while Man City are at the top, 5 points adrift of runners-up Man United. In 5 home games, QPR have won 1, drawn 3 and lost the remaining game; Man City have won 4 and drawn 1 of thier 5 games on the road, this season. Of their last 10 league matches, QPR have won and drawn 3 each, while losing the remaining 4; Man City have won 9 and drawn 1 of their last 10.
Regardless of their good performance thus far, this season, QPR are likely to find themselves out of their depth against a Man City attack that never stops.
QPR’s starting eleven against Tottenham: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Hall, Traore, Faurlin, Derry, Wright-Philips, Barton, Taarabt, Helguson
Man City’s starting eleven against Wolves: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Y Toure, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko
About the Author (Author Profile)
Jinxatious is the Chief Editor of SportingAttitude.com
An avid writer, on an eclectic range of subjects, he brings to bear editorial experience garnered with a national newspaper in South-East Asia. He also has sportscasting experience, as a cricket commentator, and his passion for sport extends beyond Cricket, to Football, Tennis, and Olympic Sports.