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  • 16 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
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Aston Villa - QPR Preview: Rs look to continue winning run as unlikely survival bid gathers momentum

The Rs gained their first back-to-back wins of the season against Southampton and Sunderland and will now look to climb off the bottom with a victory over their relegation rivals

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Westwood, Vlaar, Baker, Clark, Lowton Bannan, N'Zogbia
Agbonlahor, Benteke, Wiemann

QPR

Green
Bosingwa, Hill, Samba, Fabio
Hoillet, Park, M'Bia, Townsend
Remy, Zamora


Darren Bent (ankle) has been missing from the Aston Villa starting line-up for several weeks, but could be in line to make a return on the bench on Saturday. Mark Albrighton (ankle) and Richard Dunne (groin) are still unavailable for Paul Lambert.

Meanwhile, QPR keeper Julio Cesar (hip) is unlikely to be fit so Robert Green should continue in goal for the Rs. Andy Johnson (knee) is a long-term absentee but should be approaching full fitness over the coming weeks.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa have lost just one of the last six Premier League games with Ron Vlaar in the starting line-up.
  • Last weekend's 2-1 win over Reading was the first time Villa have come from behind to win a league game since January 2012.
  • Christian Benteke (pictured right) has scored eight goals in 11 games in all competitions in 2013.
  • A home victory would send Paul Lambert's side seven points ahead of the Rs.
  • QPR's wins against Southampton and Sunderland marked the first time they have won back-to-back games all season.
  • Striker Loic Remy has three goals from just 10 shots in the Premier League.

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Available Squads
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
18Yacouba SyllaMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
3Joseph BennettDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
40Samir CarruthersMidfielder
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
-Simon DawkinsStriker
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
22Christopher SambaDefender
6Clint HillDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
14Loïc RemyStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
26Brian MurphyGoalkeeper
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
23Junior HoilettStriker
Players to Watch
C. Benteke
C. Benteke
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
He has been a revelation at Aston Villa, answering those initial doubters after Paul Lambert selected him ahead of Darren Bent to being an undisputed starter. Despite Villa's poor domestic form, it is scary to think where they would be without the youngster and his goals are crucial to their survival.
Loïc Remy
Loïc Remy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Eyebrows were raised when Loic Remy joined QPR after scoring just one goal all season for Marseille, but Redknapp - an admirer from his days in charge of Tottenham - has been repaid with his faith with a return of three goals in four starts. Like with Benteke, it would not be surprising to see the striker play a key role is the Rs' battle against the drop.
Prediction
QPR have the momentum behind them after two morale-boosting victories, but Aston Villa also recorded a long-overdue win last time out so it will be a test for either side to prove their desire to lift themselves out of trouble. Thusly, has a draw written all over it.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 1

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