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22/02/2013 11:29, Report by M Froggatt, M Singh
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Preview: QPR v United

Date, time and coverage:

Saturday 23 February, kick-off 15:00 GMT. The match will not be televised in the UK, but you can follow it live via ManUtd.com’s text and radio commentaries.

Form guide: Since losing a dead-rubber tie to CFR Cluj in early December, United have gone 16 matches without defeat in all competitions - most recently beating Reading in the FA Cup fifth round. This weekend, the Reds return to Barclays Premier League action and know that victory over QPR would temporarily create a 15 point lead at the top. However, the Hoops will be no pushovers, having lost just once in their last six outings. Worrying, the West Londoners have also caused upsets against Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City in recent weeks.

Betting: bwin have priced the Reds to win at 1.50 and QPR at 6.75, while the draw is 3.90. Of course, value can always been found in the first goal scorer market, so perhaps you might want to back the fit-again Nani at 8.50?

Ins and outs: Sir Alex Ferguson is definitely without Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Phil Jones - who picked up a knee injury against the Royals - but otherwise has a full squad to choose from and given that he made eight changes on Monday, a similar number is expected at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, Fabio is ineligible to face the Reds as part of his loan deal, while there are question marks over Julio Cesar, Loic Remy and Junior Hoilett. Andy Johnson is still sidelined.

Last meeting: United came from behind to seal a 3-1 home win in November thanks to goals from Jonny Evans, Darren

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