West Ham - QPR Preview: Remy set to give bottom side a boost against Hammers
Sam Allardyce's side have won one of eight games amid a string of injuries and face a challenge against the Harry Redknapp's men who are unbeaten in their last four
By Arthur Virgo
Demel, Reid, Tomkins, Potts
Diame, Nolan, Noble
Vaz Te, C Cole, J Cole
Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio
Park, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips
West Ham are without much of their regular back four, with centre-back James Collins (hamstring) and left-back George McCartney (knee) out injured and full-back Joey O’Brien (hamstring) doubtful, so the inexperienced Dan Potts is set to continue at left-back alongside James Tomkins.
Mark Noble (calf) is set to return from injury alongside the recently recovered Mohamed Diame in central midfield in place of Jack Collison and Alou Diarra, but Yossi Benayoun (knee) is still unavailable.
Striker Modibo Maiga is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali, while Andy Carroll (knee) may not yet be fit, but amid strong competition for places in attack Marouane Chamakh could feature at some point.
QPR could name an unchanged back four from their recent league games, with right-back Jose Bosingwa (back) and left-back Armand Traore (knock) unlikely to feature, although Ryan Nelsen is still at the club despite speculation following his appointment as head coach of Toronto FC.
Shaun Derry and Stephane M’Bia could continue in centre midfield, with Samba Diakite away with Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations while Esteban Granero (hamstring) is doubtful.
Strikers Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andy Johnson (knee) are long–term casualties and attacker Junior Hoilett is injured (hamstring), but newly-signed striker Loic Remy could go straight into the team.
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- West Ham have collected just one win in their last eight matches and will be happy to be back at home after their heavy 3-0 defeat at Sunderland last week and FA Cup third round replay defeat against Manchester United.
- The Hammers are strong at Upton Park, having failed to score in just one home game this season against league champions Manchester City.
- QPR are bottom of the Premier League table having collected just two wins since their first victory of the season on 15 December.
- After three successive defeats over the Christmas period, Harry Redknapp has seen a revivial by the Hoops with away wins over Chelsea and West Brom, and a draw at home to Tottenham.
- The Hoops have, however, netted just two goals in their last five Premier League matches, and have the worst chance conversion rate in the Premier League, scoring with just 8% of their shots this season.
- West Ham collected a 2-1 win away at Loftus Road against QPR earlier this season in October, the two clubs’ only meeting since 2004, as Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te (pictured right) netted two first-half goals to collect the win despite Adel Taarabt’s individual effort from outside the box.
- QPR boss Harry Redknapp began his playing career at West Ham before returning as a manager in 1994, leading the club to fifth place in the Premier League in 1999 before leaving in 2001.
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Top 3 Predictions
West Ham 1-2 QPR
- 21.17 %
West Ham 0-1 QPR
- 9.08 %
West Ham 2-1 QPR
- 8.72 %
|Premier League (EPL)||19 Jan 2013||West Ham 1 - QPR 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||1 Oct 2012||QPR 1 - West Ham 2|
|7 Dec 2013||Liverpool 4 - West Ham 1||EPL|
|3 Dec 2013||Crystal Palace 1 - West Ham 0||EPL|
|30 Nov 2013||West Ham 3 - Fulham 0||EPL|
|23 Nov 2013||West Ham 0 - Chelsea FC 3||EPL|
|9 Nov 2013||Norwich City 3 - West Ham 1||EPL|
|12||Ricardo Vaz Te||Striker|
|22||Fabio Da Silva||Defender|
His dribbling ability and trickery on the ball could also pose a big threat to the Hoops, whose centre-back pairing have a combined age of 69, but he must also prove his consistency to win a place in his side’s front three amid strong competition.
Comfortable playing as a central striker or on the right flank, his pace, aerial ability, and goal-scoring record should form a key component of QPR’s push to stay in the Premier League since his arrival at the West London club for £8 million in a substantial outlay, and he is eligible to make his debut on Saturday.
The Hammers have been consistently strong at home this season but are now on a poor run of form and have suffered from a string of injuries in defence.
Sam Allardyce’s side could therefore struggle to overcome Harry Redknapp’s improving side, who have just been given a boost by the arrival of Loic Remy.