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  • 1 February 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 32063
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Aston Villa - QPR Preview: Alex McLeish's men have gone five Premier League games without a home win

Aston Villa - QPR Preview: Alex McLeish's men have gone five Premier League games without a home win

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The west Londoners are also struggling in the Premier League, particularly on their travels, and are currently on a winless streak of five matches away from Loftus Road

PROBABLE LINE-UPS

ASTON VILLA


Given
Hutton, Cuellar, Dunne, Warnock
Ireland, Petrov, Clark, Agbonlahor
Keane, Bent

QUEENS PARK RANGERS


Kenny
Young, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Taiwo
Mackie, Barton, Buzsaky, Wright-Phillips
Smith, Macheda
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has doubts concerning the fitness of Marc Albrighton and James Collins, as the duo missed the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal due to thigh and calf injuries respectively.

Charles N'Zogbia missed the last two matches because of a foot problem, and could return in time for this fixture. But the wide man would likelyfeature from the bench before making a start.

Meanwhile, Habib Beye, Nathan Delfouneso and Fabian Delph are all unavailable due to having gone out on loan, while Chris Herd (ankle) and Eric Lichaj (hip) are sidelined.

QPR boss Mark Hughes could be without Heidar Helguson, as the striker is thought to have aggravated a groin injury during the FA Cup game against Chelsea. Akos Buzsaky (ankle) and DJ Campbell (hamstring) are also doubts for this fixture.

Danny Gabbidon (hip) is recovering from his injury and is not certain to make it in time for the upcoming clash, while Kieron Dyer (foot) and Alejandro Faurlin (anterior cruciate ligament) are both in the treatment room.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Aston Villa have been in poor form at home of late, as they have gone five games without a home win. Moreover, four of those have been losses.
  • These two sides have met on nine occasions in the Premier League. None of those games have resulted in an away victory.
  • Ironically, only one of the six meetings before that ended in a win for the home side.
  • Should Darren Bent (pictured right) hit the back of the net in this game, it will be his 100th goal in the Premier League.
  • QPR are in poor form away from home, having won none of their last five games on the road, losing four.
  • Mark Hughes' men are in 16th position and have conceded 37 goals in their 22 league games. No team above them in the standings has shipped in more. But at the same time, no team below them has conceded fewer.
  • QPR had gone nine games without a win before they ended their dreary run against Wigan Athletic in the last set of fixtures.
  • If all games had ended at half-time, Rangers would have jumped a few places to 13th position in the standings.
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Players to watch

D. Bent

Position: Attacker

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Darren Bent has scored in all three of Villa’s previous matches and will likely be looking to join an elite band of players who have scored over 100 goals in the top-flight. With the added advantage of a milestone within sight, the forward should be very dangerous on the day.

J. Barton

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Rangers have had some difficult times of late, but bounced back to winning ways with a victory over Wigan Athletic. But now it will be up to Joey Barton to inspire his side and ensure that they build on the victory over the Latics instead of losing momentum.

For that, his presence in midfield will be paramount as the visitors will need to control the game, particularly more so as they have been poor on their travels.

Editor's Prediction

Neither side has been in good form and both will want to take advantage of the other to pick up three points and take their season a little further in the right direction. But it appears that they will eventually share the spoils at Villa Park.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Aston Villa

Queens Park Rangers

Wins
1
3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
Draw
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
51%
24%
25%

Top 3 Predictions

Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 1
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Aston Villa FC AST
1 - 1
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Aston Villa FC AST
2 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR

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