F/T: QPR 0 Manchester City 0

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Ryan Nelsen is given a big ovation as he leaves the pitch. This could be his last game before leaving the club for Toronto.

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And that's it! QPR have held the champions to a 0-0 draw at home. Julio Cesar pulled off two brilliant saves as QPR's gameplan worked to perfection. City had the chance to move within two points of Man Utd tonight and will see this as a big missed opportunity.

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City throwing everything forward but nothing happening.

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Time is almost up. This would be a great point for QPR and an underwhelming one for City.

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The corner is cleared and QPR break things up with a double sub. Zamora comes on for Remy and Faurlin replaces Mbia.

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Taarabt nutmegs Lescott befoe lining up a shot but Garcia gets enough on it to see it out for a corner.

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First sub for QPR. Park on for Granero.

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Sinclair goes down under a challenge from Onuoha in the box but Dowd says he got the ball. Looking back on the replays, he may have just got a toe on it but it was a close one!

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The rain is absolutely teeming it down and you get the impression the players will be glad to get this one over with in a few minutes.

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City make their last change - Sinclair on for Milner. QPR haven't made any yet.

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Dzeko pulls it back to Silva again but Nelsen gets his body in the way. Silva wants a handball given but there was no question of that.

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Dzeko squares it to Silva, who appears certain to slot home from close range but Cesar makes another amazing reflex save.

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City mounting a bit more pressure now but again they can't find the final ball.

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Cesar taking his sweet time with a goal kick. Looks like QPR will settle for a draw here. Clock is ticking for City.

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Granero spoons the free-kick well over the bar.

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This time the free-kick is given as Barry blocks off Mbia's run. About 25 yards out so it's a good chance for an attempt on goal.

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Crowd up in arms as Remy falls over in the box after going past Lescott. Replays suggest there was no contact and if there was, it was outside the box.

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Second substitution for City. Rodwell on to replace Tevez.

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The QPR defence is breached as Milner loops a ball in to Zabaleta, who nods it back to Aguero. The Argentine can't keep his shot down, however,

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Silva whips in a corner from the right. Dzeko meets it but heads it over the bar.

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Just 20 minutes to go now. Can QPR hang on?

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But Fabio concedes a corner after a badly judged header back to Cesar, who punches the cross away and then gets down well to save a low effort from Silva.

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Fabio has to spend some time on the floor after landing awkwardly. He is up eventually and can continue.

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Milner tries to split the defence with a through ball to Dzeko but it is just too far in front of the Bosnian, who can only poke it out for a goal kick.

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Aguero tries to get through again but this time Mbia cuts out the danger.

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City get their foot on the ball again. Aguero drops deep to collect it but his attempted ball through to Dzeko is cut out by Nelson.

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Barry is booked for an incident earlier in the move. Phil Dowd played advantage.

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Taarabt plays in Remy, who cuts onto his right foot before trying to curl one into the top corner. It goes quite a way wide though.

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Milner badly overhits a crossfield ball. City are looking a bit disjointed at the moment. There is plenty of time left but they will want to clam the nerves and get ahead soon.

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Aguero takes a pop from long range but it is well wide of the post.

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QPR fans really feel they are being hard done by with some of these decisions and are making their thoughts very clear.

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Dzeko is brought on with Nasri the man to make way.

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Granero penalised for pulling back Silva to give City a free-kick in a dangerous position. Granero has been booked for the infringement.

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Crowd booing Silva after his retaliation a little while ago. He combines with Aguero, who puts a cross in the mixer but there is a foul against City in the area and QPR can clear.

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Dowd now has a little word with Onuoha after the QPR defender gave him a bit of dissent after conceding a free-kick. No booking.

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Silva has a little flick out at Derry after the QPR man won the ball with a high foot. Phil Dowd takes no action, though.

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City now back in possession. Silva finds Nasri on the left but the QPR defence continues to hold firm and the home side are eventually able to clear the danger.

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Taarabt makes some space for himself and tries his luck from long range. Lescott manages to block it though and City are able to clear.

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Dzeko is warming up in the sidelines...

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QPR already seeing a bit more of the ball than they were in the first half. Fabio tries to play in Remy but only succeeds in picking out Hart.

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Bit of pressure early on from QPR but City soon manage to clear.

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QPR get the second half underway. No changes from either team.

Last word to City fan Josh as the second half is about to start: "I think that if we get all three points tonight it will be crucial in the title race as united have mid week games coming up in the champions league also it will put pressure on them tomorrow night. The fact that Mancini has gone for three at the back is interesting because he has tried that a lot but never pulled it off however I think it may workout now we have a strong consistent defence. My score tonight 1-0 aguero 70 minutes."

Harry becomes the first Man City fan to mention the departing Balotelli: "I am a Manchester City fan, and after that first half I am devastated that we are losing Balotelli. I'd much rather lose Aguero than a talent of his magnitude, plus he's an enigma and more proven than Dzeko. Mancini out and take Tevez with him. Fuming Alex. We are noisy neighbours after all."

The teams are emerging back out onto the pitch and we are almost ready for the second half.

Ben laments the fact City have not been able to score despite their dominance: "I'm a strong Man City fan but I think if we don't sign a decent striker this window, were not gunna win the league! Anyway I'm going with 2-1 to city tonight."

Oscar thinks QPR can nick this one 1-0: "if the R's keep up their defensive strategy, Taarabt will get more chances and Remy will definitely cause the CIty defense problems. Also, City is frustrated and will press hard which will lead to openings on breakaways and QPR is great on break aways."

Tom the QPR fan sends in this: "Have to question whether playing Traore is wise after his FA cup appearance, with Faurlin on the bench and also Mackie (who seems to be on the way out). But I can see QPR nicking one, yet if Man City get ahead it will be a very difficult game for the R's."

Holly is back and certainly hasn't lost her optimism: "bit disappointed we haven't put our chances away, such a shame sergio was offside! city will be all fired up for the next half and will go for a win, 3-0 I'd say...anything to keep us in touching distance of united, come on you blues!!!

This came in from Lewis during the first half: "Having been a lifelong fan of Q.P.R. for more than 53 years,nothing would please me more than a precious 3 points, but Harry is fielding a strong defensive side,which tells me he is going for the draw. Let's just hope they can keep out the likes of Silva,Aguero and Tevez? We have to keep fighting against all odds,what else can we do....come on you R's!!!"

Send your half-time predictions in to alex.williams@bskyb.com and I will do my best to post them.

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And the whistle goes for half-time. City have dominated possession and had the majority of chances but it's still level thanks to a disciplined team performance and an incredible save from Julio Cesar. The hosts' best chance came via Taarabt, but Hart got down well to save at his feet.

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Into one minute of added time now. QPR still holding firm.

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City streaming forward. Tevez lays it off to Nasri this time but his shot is scuffed wide of the posts.

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Cesar makes a terrific save after Tevez finds Barry on the edge of the box. Barry hits it first time but Cesar really did dive across in amazing style to turn it round the post

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Mbia is booked after he sweeps away Clichy's legs.

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QPR break with Taarabt. The Moroccan shimmies past Clichy as the City defence scrambles back but Hart gets down well to make a good save. Great chance which Taarabt made for himself.

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Horrible miskick from Aguero sends the ball out for a goal kick and draws a loud cheer from the home crowd.

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Remy skilfully knocks it in behind the defence but his touch is a little heavy and Hart is able to come out and gather the ball.

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Zabaleta races down the right and plays it low into the box. It comes to Silva but his shot is well blocked by Derry.

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Good pressing from QPR forces City to play it back to Hart. They are keeping their shape well and City must be getting a little frustrated now.

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Aguero has the ball in the net but he is at least a couple of yards offside. The ball was played off Milner and looped into the path of the Argentine but the flag was up straight away.

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QPR standing off most of the time but will come forward and press the City ball-carrier at times just to keep them on their toes. Still City will all the possession.

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Crowd seem to be getting a little restless with Granero. The Spaniard has made a really poor start with several misplaced passes.

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City now have the ball back and clam things down, although QPR have now started to press them a but higher up.

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QPR manage to keep the ball for a few seconds and win a free-kick as Barry fouls Taarabt. It is taken quickly to Remy but Clichy gets back to get in the way. Corner to the hosts comes to nothing.

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Garcia tries his luck from long range and is not that far away. He hit that from about 40 yards out and it only just went the wrong side of the post. Cesar was scrambling.

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Zabaleta hits the bar! Aguero pinched the ball on the left before laying off to Silva, whose chipped cross is met by the head of the Argentine before bouncing back off the woodwork. Pressure really building on QPR now.

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Another corner now as Cesar again makes an unconvincing punch. However, Remy clears this one as well.

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This time the corner is cleared by Remy for a throw in. Still Man City ball deep inside the QPR half.

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Aguero manages to penetrate the defence, turning Nelsen before bearing down on goal. he tries to cut it back and it's deflected for a corner. Nelsen heads the corner out for another one.

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City now revert to passing it along the back four as they try and figure out how to break down the hosts.

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Milner tries to deliver a free-kick from the left but it fails to get past the first man. In fact it almost failed to get off the floor. Easy clearance for QPR.

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Tevez feeds Milner on the edge of the box. The Englishman tries to cut it back but Nelsen deflects the ball back into the arms of his keeper.

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Traore tries a cross in from the left but Remy is the only one in the box and Milner easily cuts it out and clears.

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Silva swings in a corner and Cesar makes a real hash of his punch. It falls on the volley to Lescott but the defender can only prod it over the bar from close range. Best chance of the match so far.

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QPR really are sitting back in their own half but City must be careful. Mbia threatened to break free before a well-time challenge from Milner.

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Nasri swings in a cross from the right. Barry is looming at the far post but Onuoha gets up well to head the ball clear.

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Garcia - playing at centre back tonight - is almost caught out by the wind but manages to prevent Remy from getting in behind the City defence.

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QPR faithful break into an early chant of 'One Ryan Nelsen'. This is set to be his last game before he departs to become a head coach in the MLS.

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City get it back and again start knocking it about. Looks like they will be having the vast majority of possession in this one with QPR playing on the break.

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City knocking it about to start with but Taarabt knicks it as they try to advance into the attacking third.

Kick-off! We are underway at Loftus Road.

Phil Dowd is the referee tonight. I already have a bit of sympathy for him - he's wearing short sleeves.

The rain really is lashing down and we are almost ready for kick-off.

The teams are just emerging from the tunnel now. QPR are wearing their usual blue and white hoops while City are in their burgundy away kit.

Kick-off just under 10 minutes away now. There is a swirling rain around Loftus Road so it looks like conditions won't be the easiest.

Holly is predicting a goal glut for City: "I am so so pleased to see aguero and tevez starting tonight, they work wonders together and I'm hoping they bag a few goals between them! I predict a 4-0 win for city, but having said that qpr have been playing better over the last few games, but I'm gonna back my boys, come on city!"

You would have to tsuspect Redknapp is sending some sort of message with that. There really doesn't seem to be a practical reason to have two keepers on the bench.

QPR fan Tom gives his view on Redknapp's squad selection: "A very interesting squad selection for QPR, 2 keepers on the bench and Fabio in midfield. Does this suggest that we really need to buy more players before the end of the week or just a punishment for those playing against MK Dons? As a QPR fan I would love to see this go our way but i don't see us taking all three points. My prediction is the two teams drawing going into the second half and then Dzeko coming off the bench to win it for City."

Plexus is hedging his bets: "Very attacking from Roberto, if City get an early goal, it could be a landslide. Alternatively, being City, it could be 0-0."

Matt gives us our first prediction: "As a United fan I want QPR to win this.. but whenever City draw or lose United seem to do the same! Final Score 1-1."

The reigning champions are unsurprsingly big favourites with Sky Bet at 2/5. The draw is 7/2 while QPR are 13/2 to win in. If you fancy a repeat of the unforgettable 3-2 to City scoreline from the Etihad back in May it is available at 25/1.

So City can cut Man Utd's lead at the top of the table to two points with a win tonight. Will they do it or can QPR spring the upset? Will the visitors be quick to get over the imminent loss of Balotelli? Send your predictions in to alex.williams@bskyb.com and I will do my best to post them.

Interestingly QPR boss Harry Redknapp has named two goalkeepers - Rob Green and Brian Murphy - on the bench.

QPR subs: Green, Park, Ben Haim, Zamora, Murphy, Faurlin, Bothroyd.

Man City subs: Pantilimon, Dzeko, Sinclair, Kolarov, Rodwell, Nastasic, Rekik.

QPR make eight changes as Harry Redknapp brings back in several established first-teamers following the shock defeat to MK Dons at the weekend.

Following the big breaking news regarding his move to AC Milan, there is no place in the Man City squad for Mario Balotelli. Roberto Mancini makes three changes to the side that beat Stoke in the FA Cup last time out. Joe Hart, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri all return.

QPR: Cesar, Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Derry, Fabio, Granero, Taarabt, Remy.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta (C), Garcia, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Silva, Tevez.

The teams are in ahead of tonight's clash at Loftus Road...

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:45
QPR v Stoke  
15:00
A Villa v Arsenal  
Burnley v Sunderland  
Newcastle v Hull City  
Swansea v Southampton  
17:30
West Ham v Liverpool  
Sunday, 21 September 2014
13:30
Leicester v Man Utd  
Tottenham v West Brom  
16:00
Everton v C Palace  
Man City v Chelsea  
Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  

Barclays Premier League

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

Updated Tue, 16 Sep 2014

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