QPR - Norwich City Preview: Canaries look to end seven-match winless Premier League run
The hosts remain four points from safety at the bottom of the league and will hope to earn their first home win of 2013 following a busy end to the January window
By Adam Mazrani
Onuoha, Samba, Hill, Traore
Taarabt, Granero, Fabio
Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido,
Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey, Howson, Pilkington
QPR may hand a debut to record signing Chris Samba after securing the signature of the former Blackburn man from Anzhi Makhachkala on transfer deadline day.
The game may come too soon for loan signing Jermaine Jenas whilst Jamie Mackie (back), Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle), Junior Hoilett (hamstring) and Andrew Johnson (knee) remain absent.
Norwich may opt for the same starting XI which played so well in holding high-flying Tottenham to a draw at Carrow Road in midweek.
Luciano Becchio has signed from Leeds but Chris Hughton may opt to start the Argentine from the bench, with John Ruddy Norwich's only injury absentee with a long-term thigh problem.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- These two sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season, with Simeon Jackson and Bobby Zamora netting in the first half.
- QPR broke their transfer record for the third time this season in order to sign Christopher Samba (pictured right).
- The Rs have won just one league game so far in 2013 - at Stamford Bridge against European champions Chelsea.
- Norwich have only won one of their last 14 games away from home in the Premier League.
- There are no league ever-presents in either the Norwich or QPR squad this season.
- Norwich have now signed four players from Leeds United within the last 18 months. With Bradley Johnson, Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson and, most recently, Luciano Becchio, having all made the switch
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Top 3 Predictions
QPR 2-1 Norwich City
- 20.49 %
QPR 1-0 Norwich City
- 13.03 %
QPR 1-1 Norwich City
- 11.05 %
|Premier League (EPL)||2 Feb 2013||QPR 0 - Norwich City 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||25 Aug 2012||Norwich City 1 - QPR 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||2 Jan 2012||QPR 1 - Norwich City 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||26 Nov 2011||Norwich City 2 - QPR 1|
|19 Apr 2014||Leicester City 1 - QPR 0||ENG2|
|12 Apr 2014||QPR 5 - Nottingham Forest 2||ENG2|
|8 Apr 2014||Blackburn Rovers 2 - QPR 0||ENG2|
|5 Apr 2014||Bournemouth 2 - QPR 1||ENG2|
|29 Mar 2014||QPR 1 - Blackpool 1||ENG2|
|35||Fabio Da Silva||Defender|
|-||Tal Ben Haim||Defender|
The France international scored on his debut for the Rs at West Ham a fortnight ago and already looks accustomed to the Premier League. The fee and wages dished out by the Rs in securing his services may have raised eyebrows, but should he continue to find the net and help the London club escape from relegation, then it will inarguably represent money well spent.
The former Leeds wideman has been an unsung hero of this season's Premier League campaign and will prove vital if the Canaries are to emerge from their current poor form. The Scot has been a potent source of ammunition from either foot recently and should link up well former team-mate Luciano Becchio.
There appears to be a sense of momentum around the Rs at the moment, with their unbeaten league run allied to the club's record-breaking transfer business. Norwich have been in poor form recently and with the home crowd behind them, Harry Redknapp's men will be confident of securing a vital three points.
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