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Man City odds to win: 11/8
QPR odds to win: 17/10
Hopes of an upset are high among QPR supporters ahead of this weekend's match against a Man City side that suffered a 2-1 home UEFA Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. The derby success for Manuel Pellegrini’s side over Manchester United on Sunday was their only triumph in the last five matches in all competitions. "Whenever you play City, it is a difficult game. They have a fantastic squad" Harry RedknappBut Redknapp, whose QPR side are second bottom, is all too aware that Saturday's encounter at Loftus Road will be a challenging one. He said: "Whenever you play City, it is a difficult game. They have a fantastic squad. It will certainly be a tough game. "You don't become a bad team overnight. They are the Barclays Premier League champions and we will be playing a top team." Redknapp has urged the club's fans to be at their raucous best for the game. QPR supporters stuck by Redknapp during a difficult start to the season and have been rewarded with improved performances in recent weeks. Such vocal support was noticeable last Saturday, when Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho commented on it to Redknapp following the leaders' 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. "He came up to me during the game and he said they were fantastic," Redknapp said. "They have stuck behind the team and that's all we can ask. "They made a lot of noise last week and that's really good. The fans can make or break a team. "We did well at Chelsea last week, but we need to show the same commitment if we are going to get anything out of the game." Adding to Redknapp's confidence is the uncertainty surrounding City skipper Vincent Kompany, who is struggling with a calf problem. David Silva and Aleksandar Kolarov are certain to miss out through knee and calf injuries respectively, while Frank Lampard should be available despite a thigh concern. Samir Nasri is pushing for a first start since returning from a groin problem. Rio Ferdinand (suspended) will miss out for QPR, but that is one of few concerns for Redknapp, who has Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar, Jordon Mutch and Nedum Onuoha available for selection. Redknapp said: "Touchwood, we've got a clean bill of health - everybody's fit, probably for the first time since I've been at QPR! That's great. "It's nice to have too many good players, as opposed to not enough. It's great to have a full squad. All players should be available for selection at the weekend."
Queens Park Rangers (from): Green, McCarthy, Murphy, Caulker, Dunne, Ehmer, Hill, Isla, Onuoha, Traore, Yun, Barton, Fer, Henry, Hoilett, Kranjcar, Mutch, Phillips, Sandro, Wright-Phillips, Austin, Taarabt, Vargas, Zamora.
Manchester City (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Boyata, Clichy, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala, Nastasic, Sagna, Zabaleta, Fernandinho, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Sinclair, Toure, Aguero, Dzeko, Jovetic.