Everton - QPR Preview: Toffees bid to keep faint Champions League hopes alive
The hosts will be looking to maintain a run of good form to press home their top-four ambitions, while the visitors are desperate for a win to aid their fight against relegation
By Rhys Turrell
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Fellaini, Pienaar
Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore
Hoilett, Taarabt, Townsend
Everton manager David Moyes has key duo Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar available again after the pair missed the Toffees' last two matches through suspension.
Defender Tony Hibbert (calf) managed just over an hour for the club's Under-21 side on Monday, and could be set for a return to the first-team squad.
Harry Redknapp will be without striker Bobby Zamora for the next three games after the striker saw red against Wigan last time out.
Winger Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle) will miss the rest of the season, whilst left back Armand Traore (calf) is a doubt after limping off at half-time in last Sunday's heartbreaking draw with the Latics.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Everton, along with Southampton, have dropped the highest amount of points (seven) in the last five minutes of Premier League games this season.
- The Toffees have scored the joint-highest amount of headed goals (13) in this year's Premier League. The other side are league leaders Manchester United.
- The attacking contribution of the returning Marouane Fellaini (pictured right) has been vital for David Moyes' men this campaign. The Belgium midfielder's goals and assists have won the Merseysiders 12 points in the league.
- Everton have not beaten QPR in the Premier League since a 2-0 win at Goodison Park in 1995.
- The Rs have lost 10 of their 16 away games this season - only bottom-of-the-pile Reading have suffered more defeats on the road.
- QPR have been shown 12 red cards since the beginning of last season - four more than any other Premier League club.
- Harry Redknapp's men have exactly the same record as neighbours Fulham did in the 2007-08 season (W4 D12 L16). The Cottagers completed a remarkable recovery and stayed up that season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Everton 1-2 QPR
- 16.63 %
Everton 3-1 QPR
- 12.07 %
Everton 2-0 QPR
- 11.39 %
|FA Cup (FA)||4 Jan 2014||Everton 4 - QPR 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||13 Apr 2013||Everton 2 - QPR 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||21 Oct 2012||QPR 1 - Everton 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||3 Mar 2012||QPR 1 - Everton 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||20 Aug 2011||Everton 0 - QPR 1|
|8 Mar 2014||Arsenal FC 4 - Everton 1||FA|
|1 Mar 2014||Everton 1 - West Ham 0||EPL|
|22 Feb 2014||Chelsea FC 1 - Everton 0||EPL|
|16 Feb 2014||Everton 3 - Swansea City 1||FA|
|9 Feb 2014||Tottenham 1 - Everton 0||EPL|
|35||Fabio Da Silva||Defender|
|-||Tal Ben Haim||Defender|
The Belgian attacker has made his presence count recently with three goals in his last four Everton appearances, minimising the impact the loss of his countryman Marouane Fellaini has had on David Moyes' side. His ability to dribble at pace from both a wide and central position causes countless problems for defenders, and his clinical nature in front of goal ensures he can be relied on to convert chances that fall his way.
With QPR likely to throw the kitchen sink at the hosts in a bid to ensure an all-important three points, their Brazilian goalkeeper will have to be on top form again to keep them in the game up the other end. The ex-Inter man's form has continually improved throughout his spell since his summer arrival, and Harry Redknapp will be hoping for more of the same to give the Rs a fighting chance of survival.
With a win vital for both sides for different reasons, this game looks unlikely to finish as a draw. Everton will fancy their chances after their impressive performance last time out at Tottenham, and with Fellaini and Pienaar back in contention, they should claim a win on their own patch. Harry Redknapp knows time is running out to keep his team in the top flight, but should not expect to come away from Goodison Park with much to celebrate.
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