The Straits Times
Published on Jan 28, 2013

Manchester City spy chance to creep up on United


LONDON (AFP) - Having trailed Premier League leaders Manchester United by seven points as recently as January 18, Manchester City can cut the gap to just two points with victory at Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday.

United would be able to restore their advantage by beating Southampton on Wednesday, but City's trip to the league's bottom club gives them an opportunity to inject tension into a title race that had looked set to become a procession.

City won 1-0 at Stoke City on Saturday to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup, but victory came at a cost as captain Vincent Kompany was forced off in the first half with a calf injury.

The English champions have ruled Kompany out of the trip to QPR, leaving manager Roberto Mancini with Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott as his only available senior centre-backs.