FT: Manchester City 3 QPR 1

Full-time. That's the end of the game. A strange one as City dominated for long periods but only settled the match in stoppage time. A 3-1 win for the defending champions.

90+3
Goal! Late pressure from City and the ball comes to Dzeko in the right channel. He tries a shot with the outside of his boot and gets it very wrong... but it bounces off Tevez's outstretched foot and into the net! Game over.

90+2
Kolarov crosses but the visitors clear.

90+1
There will be five minutes of added time.

90+1
Dzeko is fouled on the edge of the QPR area.

90
Nasri is off and he is replaced by Razak.

88
Johnson crosses from the left but Lescott clears.

87
Hart hits it long for Dzeko but his header goes through to Green. City not closing this one out well.

86
Milner tries to cut the ball back for Tevez but the pass is intercepted.

85
Cisse on for Granero.

85
Zamora booked for trying to pull down Tevez.

84
The City crowd are surprisingly nervy. Maybe it's the players who are worrying them. They're trying to slow things down now.

83
Bosingwa gives the ball away to Tevez and the ball comes out to Milner on the right. He has Dzeko free but his cross is poor and only finds Green.

82
Mancini is trying to stop that. On comes Milner for Silva.

82
Granero really enjoying the extra space in midfield as the game opens up more and more.

80
More good pressure from QPR as Park and Zamora attempt a one-two inside the area. It comes out to Fabio but he wastes the ball. City players look tired now.

78
Granero crosses and puts the ball between Lescott and Hart. It's close to Nelsen again but he cannot get there. Warning signs for the champions.

78
Kompany has committed a foul just outside the left-edge of the area and it is another chance for QPR.

77
Dzeko finds Tevez on the edge of the box but he is crowded out and QPR break.

76
Granero crosses and finds Onuoha at the far post. He heads back across to Nelsen who tries to volley in but it is just wide. Great chance and if it had fallen to anyone else...

76
Kompany concedes a corner.

75
Kolo Toure on for Zabaleta.

74
Rodwell booked as he tackles Granero from behind. Got some of the ball but clumsy.

74
City dominating on the edge of the QPR box but Nelsen blocks an effort from Dzeko.

72
Dyer on for Faurlin.

72
Onuoha and Kolarov both down after the latter clatters into the substitute. Hughes is livid on the sidelines. Not an awful challenge by any means but that is twice that the City man has jumped into opponents while on a booking.

71
Nasri sees a shot blocked. This game is wide open.

69
Chance at the other end for Dzeko but he puts the ball wide when clean through. There was an offside flag.

68
City still vulnerable as the visitors break through Granero. He finds Park and QPR have a man over in this attack but Wright-Phillips sees his shot blocked. His cross is then a poor one and Fabio also wastes the chance to put the ball in the box.

68
Onuoha on for Ferdinand who is still struggling.

66
They're a little open though. Now Bosingwa has a dip with his left foot from distance but Hart saves easily enough.

65
Sharp passing from City now as they look to finish this one off.

64
Toure tries to thread a pass through to Tevez with the outside of his foot but Nelsen does well to track the run.

63
City back controlling the ball in the centre of the park now. They won't risk making the same mistake again, surely?

61
Goal! QPR weren't level for long! Kolarov finds Tevez in the area and he hooks the ball into the centre with his left foot. Dzeko is there to head home from close range.

60
Tevez is straight down the other end but his cross is claimed by Green.

59
Goal! QPR equalise! Johnson does well on the edge of the box and his effort is deflected. Hart saves but Zamora is alert to head home the rebound.

57
Good play from QPR. Passing in City's half before unleashing Fabio down the left. His cross finds Zamora but his header under pressure is over the bar.

56
Ferdinand is back on but he's still not happy. Looks a shoulder injury.

55
Possession play from City as they look for the opening. Then Toure tries to play the ball through to Dzeko but he is offside.

53
Then Silva does well to feed Dzeko but the forward's touch is poor.

52
Woodwork! Silva breaks down the left and slips the ball through to Zabaleta. He attempts a curling left-footed effort that beats Green but hits the crossbar.

52
Play goes on with Ferdinand off the field.

50
Ferdinand sitting up now and receiving treatment.

49
City try to break but Ferdinand clears. Kolarov jumps into the QPR defender and he is caught heavily. Mancini initially thinks Ferdinand is attempting to get the Serb sent off but he is still down.

48
QPR with some possession but it leads nowhere. The visitors would probably settle for this scoreline with 10 minutes to play in truth.

47
Chance! QPR give the ball away in midfield and Dzeko can run at the defence. He slides in Tevez who fires the ball at the near post from a tight angle and Green saves.

46
QPR kick-off and the second half is underway.

Half-time. That's it. City's domination was total and it was no surprise when Toure opened the scoring. After that, QPR improved but it will be difficult to recapture the spirit of May and get back into this one.

45+1
Granero shoots over from the edge of the box.

45
There will be one minute of added time.

45
Kolarov booked for pulling down Wright-Phillips as he tries to break.

45
Pressure inside the QPR box. Zabaleta tries a one-two with Tevez but there isn't quite the space for that and the visitors clear.

43
Granero hangs the corner under the bar but it is cleared. When it comes back out to the QPR new boy he attempts a cross with his weaker left foot and it's a poor one.

42
Fabio wins a corner conceded by Zabaleta.

40
Tevez takes on Fabio but the defender does well. The City man then handballs as QPR try to break quickly.

39
Tevez fires over from distance. Boos as Foy does not book Nelsen for the earlier challenge on Dzeko.

38
Dzeko fouled in the centre circle but referee Foy plays on. Neat interchange between Nasri and Silva but the ball is cleared.

37
Fabio gets away down the left but Lescott clears his centre.

36
Rodwell exchanges the ball with Tevez and runs through the middle. He has Dzeko in space but tries to lift the ball over Ferdinand and the defender blocks.

34
Kolarov then sweeps a pass to Silva on the break but he delays a little too long and his shot is blocked.

34
Granero's free-kick is a good one but Hart is off his line to punch clear.

33
Park does well in the left-wing area and is fouled by Silva. This time QPR will put the ball in the box.

32
Ferdinand does well to cut out a through-ball and then is fouled by Kolarov as he attempts to bring the ball away. More even now.

30
Good work from Granero finds Park but he is crowded out. Some uncertainty between Lescott and Hart but City clear. QPR content to retain their shape and sit in the game.

29
Hopeful punt to Dzeko and Green is forced to come out and clear into the stands.

27
Save! Silva effort is parried away by Green and then Nasri chance is blocked. Corner but it comes to nothing.

26
A couple of nice one-twos from Toure but he can't force his way through.

24
Best period of the game for the visitors as they at least compete in midfield. It leads to a left-footed effort from Granero that is comfortably saved by Hart to his left. Encouragement for QPR.

23
That's a foul by Zabaleta on Park and gives QPR the chance to put the ball in the box. Instead it is taken short only for Wright-Phillips to give the ball away.

21
City fans enjoying this now. Excellent move engineers space for Kolarov. He is in. Just square it for Dzeko and it's a goal... but he attempts a reverse pass to Tevez and doesn't get it right.

20
A little bit of possession now from QPR... they completed just 20 passes in the match prior to the goal.

18
Silva curls in another free-kick but it is too strong and over everyone.

Silva's corner to the back-post came back to Toure via a deflection and he drilled home. Hughes may be unhappy as the previous corner (that led to this one) was wrongly given... QPR would be stretching it to complain though. City utterly dominant.

16
Goal! Yaya Toure with a left-footed effort from inside the box.

16
Silva and Toure combine well to win... another corner.

15
A channel ball finds Tevez down the right and Nelsen concedes yet another corner.

14
More calm possession from the home side.

13
This is a first chance for QPR. And it's come from a Rodwell miscued clearance/pass-back. He's thumped it at Hart and it's just over the bar for a corner! Nothing comes of it though.

12
Another dangerous delivery and the ball is cleared off the line before Toure's shot is blocked. It's another corner and this time Kompany heads the ball over the bar.

11
This time Tevez finds Nasri out left and his cross is well blocked by Nelsen. Another corner.

10
Tevez tries to slip in Kolarov and he is about to pull the trigger but Wright-Phillips does brilliantly to block with a sliding challenge.

10
We're into the 10th minute and Green must be the QPR player who has seen most of the ball.

9
Silva finds Toure at the far post but his header loops straight at Green.

8
Tevez wins a corner with good work on the right now.

7
Kolarov finds Tevez with a dangerous cross and there are appeals for handball that are waved away.

6
The home side camped inside the Hoops half. Looks like Hughes' men will have to hope for something on the break here.

5
QPR struggling to get hold of the ball right now.

4
Nasri whips it in and Dzeko gets there first but the header is just wide.

4
Now it is Tevez getting forward down the left. He spins Ferdinand and wins a corner.

3
Zabaleta getting forward down the right but his cross is cleared.

2
Green punches Nasri's corner clear.

2
And Dzeko wins an early corner as his left-footed cross is blocked.

1
We are underway and there is an early touch for Green as QPR try to calm things down. City have started sharply.

Anyway, thanks for your feedback. The players are out on the field. They've done the handshakes and we will be kicking off (not in the Joey Barton sense) shortly.

Ouch. Chris says: "Can I get a shoutout as I'm a big City fan and was on holiday last time we played QPR. Had to sell my ticket, like I have today (working)." While I'm contractually obliged to say today's game will top that... (it won't).

Our friends at Sky Bet have City at 1/6 for this one with QPR at 14/1.The draw is available at 13/2.

Faurlin is also back for the Hoops after making his return from injury against Walsall in midweek.

Green is in goal for QPR. A penny for his thoughts right now? It will be interesting to see how Granero gets on - a class player but not the easiest game to start with!

Lescott and Silva are back for City and with no Milner it looks like Mancini is going with a back-four.

I can't think what David is referring to: "QPR to win 3-2 after going 2-1 down with two goals in injury time."

Adam has been in touch to say: "I think Man City will only draw 2-2 because Joe Hart isn't on good form at the moment. And QPR have a lot of great signings."

Ben says: "United fan hoping for some good news before our game tomorrow, but it won't happen. Too many changes at Rangers and Hughes is a poor manager, this will be 4 or 5-0 to City easy."

Iain says: "Yaya Toure will, I think, be key for City this evening. Final score will be 3-0 to City."

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov; Yaya Toure, Rodwell, Silva, Nasri; Tevez, Dzeko.

QPR: Green; Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Fabio; Wright-Phillips, Granero, Faurlin, Park; Zamora, Johnson.

The teams are in and will be up shortly.

Any thoughts on the game this evening? Let me know by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter at @GhostGoal.

They've also both been busy on deadline day with City signing the likes of Javi Garcia and, err, Richard Wright, while QPR raised a few eyebrows by bringing in Julio Cesar, Esteban Granero and Stephane Mbia.

Welcome to live commentary from the Premier League as Manchester City host QPR at the Etihad Stadium. Apparently these two had an interesting game against each other here in May...

  • Kick-off is at 1730 BST.

  • Premier League Fixtures

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    Leicester v Burnley  
    Liverpool v West Brom  
    Sunderland v Stoke  
    Swansea v Newcastle  
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    Man Utd v Everton  
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    Barclays Premier League

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 6 12 16
    2 Southampton 6 7 13
    3 Man City 6 5 11
    4 Arsenal 6 4 10
    5 Swansea 6 2 10
    6 A Villa 6 -3 10
    7 Man Utd 6 2 8
    8 Tottenham 6 1 8
    9 C Palace 6 0 8
    10 West Brom 6 0 8
    11 Stoke 6 0 8
    12 Leicester 6 -1 8
    13 West Ham 6 0 7
    14 Liverpool 6 -1 7
    15 Everton 6 -2 6
    16 Hull City 6 -2 6
    17 Sunderland 6 -1 5
    18 QPR 6 -9 4
    19 Newcastle 6 -7 3
    20 Burnley 6 -7 3

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