Sunderland - QPR Preview: Redknapp looks to start reign with Hoops' first win of the season
The former Tottenham manager will have to end a winless run of five games to register three points at the Stadium of Light while the Black Cats hope to end their poor home form
By Simon Sinclair
Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose
Larsson, Gardner, Colback, Johnson
Mbia, Hill, Nelsen, Traore
Mackie, Granero, Faurlin, Tarrabt
Martin O’Neill may be without captain Lee Cattermole (knee) for the visit of QPR to the Stadium of Light as the midfielder limped off in the Black Cats defeat to West Brom on Saturday. Also likely to be out is defender John O’Shea (calf) who left the pitch at half-time at the weekend.
Craig Gardner came on for the former Wigan midfielder is in line to replace his skipper in the centre midfield while Matt Kilgallon should take the place of the Republic of Ireland international at the back.
Harry Redknapp has almost a full squad to choose from in his first game in charge bar long-term absentees Andy Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (thigh).
He will be boosted by the return to fitness of Park Ji-Sung although the South Korean may not be fit enough to start the game after recovering from a knee injury.
Elsewhere, Jose Bosingwa may push Stephane Mbia for a start after recovering from a virus while Shaun Derry may have done enough to keep hold of his place in the starting line-up ahead of Samba Diakite.
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Sunderland have won just once at home in the Premier League this season with their last victory coming in September against Wigan.
The Black Cats have lost their last two home games on the bounce against Aston Villa and West Brom.
Martin O’Neill’s side have scored the fourth fewest amount of goals in the Premier League this season with 12. Only Stoke (11), Aston Villa (10) and Norwich (10) have scored fewer.
Stephane Sessegnon (pictured right) scored his second goal of the season in the defeat to the Baggies after netting his first the previous week at Fulham.
Sessegnon is 13/2 with Bet365 to open the scoring in this game.
Harry Redknapp will take charge of his first game for QPR, his first game in the Premier League since he managed Tottenham on the final day of last season.
The Hoops are yet to win in the top flight this season and have taken just four points from their opening 13 fixtures.
The London club have the worst away record in the Premier League having taken just a point from their seven games away from Loftus Road.
QPR haven't won on Wearside in their last five visits, their last win over the Black Cats as visitors came in 1991.
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