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  • 20 August 2011
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton - QPR Preview: David Moyes' side look to banish fears of fourth successive loss in Premier League opener

Everton - QPR Preview: David Moyes' side look to banish fears of fourth successive loss in Premier League opener

With six defeats in their last eight opening games, the Merseyside outfit, who welcome Mikel Arteta back to the squad, will be keen for a win over Neil Warnock's men


PROBABLE LINEUPS
EVERTON

Howard
Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Osman, Rodwell, Neville, Fellaini
Cahill
Beckford
QPR

Kenny
Orr, Hall, Gabbidon, Gorkss
Derry, Faurlin
Campbell,
Taarabt, Smith
Bothroyd


Saturday’s hosts were given an extra week’s preparation for the clash with Neil Warnock’s side thanks to their match with Tottenham being postponed. During that time, Mikel Arteta has been able to prove his fitness by playing in a reserve game on Monday evening.

The Spaniard should feature, if not start, the game at Goodison Park, but Seamus Coleman misses out as his ankle injury leaves him on the sidelines for the time being, and fellow midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is suspended until the following weekend.

The visitors to Merseyside on Saturday will be without their own banned player Clint Hill and new signing Kieron Dyer. While Dyer left the pitch after just a few minutes on a stretcher in the club's 4-0 opening day home defeat to Bolton Wanderers, Hill was sent off for a headbutt on Martin Petrov.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Everton boss David Moyes currently resides third in the all-time list of awardees for the Premier League’s Manager of the Month prize, receiving the award a respectable eight times and sitting in between Martin O’Neill on seven and Arsene Wenger with 11. Unsurprisingly, Sir Alex Ferguson tops the list with an impressive 25 awards.
  • You have to go back to August 2007 to see the Toffees’ last win in their opening fixture in the Premier League, with a 2-1 victory over Wigan. Everton have lost against Arsenal and twice against Blackburn since. A defeat at the weekend will mean four successive opening day losses for the first time ever.
  • The seemingly outgoing Joseph Yobo is Everton's man with the most Premier League starts in the current squad with a total of 204. Tony Hibbert will make his 250th Everton start if he is in the starting XI.
  • There have been eight Premier League meetings between these two sides, during which 35 goals have been scored, and QPR head the wins tally with five to two victories in their favour.
  • Saturday’s match will be the first between the two sides since April 1996, when QPR took the spoils in a 3-1 victory.
  • In terms of managerial head-to-heads, Moyes leads Warnock five wins to one, whilst two games between them have been drawn.

Players to watch

T. Cahill

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Ever the man to run the show up top for the Toffees, the Australian playmaker will be hoping to influence the game to his liking and be the one to feed the ball to the strikers in front.

The attacker scored nine goals in 27 games for Everton last season and will no doubt trouble the QPR defence come Saturday afternoon.

F. Hall

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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QPR will have to do a lot of work to break down the Everton defence at the weekend and many will anticipate a heavy handed Toffees attack to make matters worse for Neil Warnock’s side. With that in mind it will be up to Hall and his fellow defenders to halt any attempt to breach Rangers’ resistance.

Obviously after conceding four goals in his first Premier League start with QPR, Hall has much to do to set things right, and it should be interesting to see how the centre-back recovers during this tough clash on Merseyside.

Editor's Prediction

Everton will be raring to go as their season finally kicks off and will be hard opponents to beat in front of their home fans as it is, without the Toffees contingent wishing for their first Premier League opening win for four campaigns.

QPR, meanwhile, may just be looking for damage limitation come Saturday and hope to get away with a low scoreline as they know the match will be even tougher than that of their opener against Bolton.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

Queens Park Rangers

Wins
3
2
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Everton FC EVE
3 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR

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