Swansea - QPR Preview: Swans enjoying formidable home record
Each side has won just once in the Premier League since the turn of the year, leaving both Michael Laudrup and Harry Redknapp desperate pick up a morale-boosting win this weekend
By Theo Squires
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
Hernandez, Ki, De Guzman, Routledge
Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore
Wright-Phillips, Mbia, Derry, Mackie
Having missed both of Swansea's last two league games, and after being forced to withdraw from international duty during the week, Michel Vorm (knee) could return in goal for Michael Laudrup's side.
Leon Britton (ankle) is a major doubt for the Swans as is Kemy Agustien (ankle), while Neil Taylor (ankle) is out for the season.
With Harry Redknapp's men in desperate need of goals if they are to avoid the drop, Loic Remy (groin) could make a surprise return in attack for QPR, after it was initially feared he would face a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Nedum Onuhoa (knock) is another who could return for the Hoops, but Jose Bosingwa (back), Junior Hoilett (hamstring) and Andy Johnson (knee) all remain long-term absentees for the Premier League's basement club.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Only Norwich City and Everton have beaten Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium so far this season.
- QPR broke their transfer record for the third time this season in order to sign Christopher Samba (pictured right).
- Michu scored twice on his Premier League debut for the Swans against the west London club back in August, as Michael Laudrup won his first game in charge.
- Harry Redknapp's side are unbeaten away from home in 2013. QPR are 14/1 to beat Swansea 2-1 with bet365.
- Jonathan De Guzman has contributed the most assists of any Swansea player this season (eight), while he has also clocked up the most appearances in a Swans shirt (30).
- Jamie Mackie has scored three goals in his last four games against the South Wales side.
- Swansea have won every single match this term when they have led at half-time. Their record of converting four half-time leads into victories is the second best in the division.
- QPR are yet to lose a game this calender year having embarked on a five-game unbeaten run. Sadly for Harry Redknapp, the last four of those matches have ended as draws.
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Top 3 Predictions
Swansea City 2-0 QPR
- 12.92 %
Swansea City 1-2 QPR
- 11.11 %
Swansea City 2-1 QPR
- 10.85 %
|Premier League (EPL)||9 Feb 2013||Swansea City 4 - QPR 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||18 Aug 2012||QPR 0 - Swansea City 5|
|Premier League (EPL)||11 Apr 2012||QPR 3 - Swansea City 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||27 Dec 2011||Swansea City 1 - QPR 1|
|4 Dec 2013||Swansea City 3 - Newcastle United 0||EPL|
|1 Dec 2013||Manchester City 3 - Swansea City 0||EPL|
|28 Nov 2013||Swansea City 0 - Valencia 1||EL|
|23 Nov 2013||Fulham 1 - Swansea City 2||EPL|
|10 Nov 2013||Swansea City 3 - Stoke City 3||EPL|
|20||Jonathan De Guzmán||Midfielder|
|-||Tal Ben Haim||Defender|
After missing out on a place in the Spain squad which faced Uruguay during the week, Michu will be hungry to ensure he does not suffer the same fate come the next international break. After the Spaniard's spectacular start to the season, the ex-Rayo Vallecano man has found things a little harder of late, having not scored for the Swans in the league since before Christmas. Michael Laudrup will be hoping his star man can soon rediscover his top form.
Harry Redknapp's side are yet to lose a game this calender year, but after drawing their last four league games, with two of them ending in 0-0 draws, the Hoops are in desperate need of goals. Swansea are one of the Scotland international's favourite opponents, with Mackie scoring three goals in his last four appearances against the south Wales club.
A month ago this game would have looked an easy victory for the Swans. QPR were struggling to draw games, let alone win, while Michu was banging in the goals for Michael Laudrup's side. However with the Hoops defensively more solid in recent weeks, while Swansea City seem to be suffering from Wembley fever with the small matter of a looming cup final there to distract them, it would not be surprising to see Harry Redknapp's men once again pick up an equal share of the points.
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