The big heavyweight clash takes place at the Etihad Stadium this weekend as Manchester City welcome Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Manuel Pellegrini will be looking to stop his countryman, Alexi s Sanchez who has been sensational this season. City will be hoping to maintain the pace with Chelsea who went 2 points clear at the top last weekend. Positions for the final two spaces in the Champions League is also warming up whilst the battle at the bottom always proves to be a fascinating one.
QPR v Manchester United: Harry Redknapp has the unwanted record of losing every single away game this season in the Premier League and will be severely reliant upon QPR’s home form to keep them away from safety. At the moment, they’re in 19th position and a trip from Louis Van Gaal’s United will test their home resilience to the maximum.
When the other Manchester club came to town, QPR pulled off a surprise 2-2 draw and were very unfortunate just to draw. They’ll need to replicate that performance against a United side that have slipped in the past month or so. United’s unbeaten run came to an abrupt end against Southampton at Old Trafford which put a serious dent in any realistic title chances they retained. A place in the top 4 now looks their best shot at improving on last year’s dismal campaign.
You’d be surprised if Louis Van Gaal had the courage to leave Radamel Falcao out from the entire squad again as he did against Southampton after they failed to record a single shot on target. Robin Van Persie also picked up an ankle injury against Southampton so a recall for Falcao seems imminent. [Read more…]