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  • 13 April 2013
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON

Howard
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Osman, Gibson
Mirallas, Fellaini, Pienaar
Anichebe
QPR

Julio Cesar
Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore
Jenas, M'Bia
Hoilett, Taarabt, Townsend
Remy

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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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
11Kevin MirallasStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker
30Julio CésarGoalkeeper
22Christopher SambaDefender
6Clint HillDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
11Esteban GraneroMidfielder
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
23Junior HoilettStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
26Tal Ben HaimDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
Players to Watch
Kevin Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Julio César
Julio César
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 0

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