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  • 25 August 2012
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Norwich - QPR Preview: Both sides seek to recover from opening day demolitions

Norwich - QPR Preview: Both sides seek to recover from opening day demolitions

The Canaries and the Hoops each conceded five goals last weekend, and will be hoping for meaner defensive lines on Saturday as they look to kick-start their respective campaigns

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH

Ruddy
Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido
Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Pilkington
Holt
QPR

Green
Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Fabio

Mackie, Park, Diakite, Hoilett
Taarabt
Cisse


Manager Chris Hughton has hinted he was considering including new defensive additions centre-back Sebastien Bassong and left-back Javier Garrido in his side, as he looks to ensure the Canaries improve at the back after conceding five against Fulham.

The Canaries are still without David Fox (knee) and Elliott Ward (thigh), while summer signings Jacob Butterfield and Steven Whittaker are still lacking match fitness and will not feature.

QPR have also been in the market for defenders, but centre-backs Anton Ferdinand and Clint Hill could retain their places, with attempted moves for Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Dawson unlikely to be completed in time for the game.

Right-back Jose Bosingwa joined the club just this week, after a summer without training while Armand Traore is still recovering from an ankle injury, so full-backs Nedum Onuoha and Fabio are set to continue.

Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is still returning to full fitness and Joey Barton misses the second game of his 12-match suspension.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Both Norwich and QPR suffered humiliating 5-0 defeats on the opening day of the season to Fulham away and Swansea at home respectively.

  • The Canaries conceded 30 goals in 19 home league matches last season, more than all but the three relegated clubs, and kept just three clean sheets at Carrow Road last season. The side made up by scoring 52 goals in total, more than all but the top six.

  • The East Anglian side defeated QPR 2-1 in each of their fixtures last season, after the two won automatic promotion to the Premier League together.

  • Chris Hughton was appointed the club’s manager following the departure of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa. Hughton has previously managed in the Premier League with Newcastle.

  • The Hoops narrowly avoided relegation in their final match last season, finishing one point above the drop zone in 17th place, after manager Mark Hughes had replaced Neil Warnock mid-way through January.

  • Hughes has made many high-profile signings since then, which this summer included goalkeeper Rob Green, full back Fabio, midfielder Park Ji-Sung and forwards Junior Hoilett and Andy Johnson.

  • Rangers lost 14 of their 19 Premier League away games last season, last winning away at Stoke in November last year. The west London side conceded 41 goals on their travels, with only relegated Blackburn conceding more.

  • Striker Djibril Cisse (pictured), signed from Lazio in the January transfer window, has scored in four of his last five Premier League away games.

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Available Squads
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
18Javier GarridoDefender
5S. BassongDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
23Robert SnodgrassMidfielder
8Jonny HowsonMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
9Grant HoltStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
23Marc TierneyDefender
24Ryan Bennett Defender
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
5Steve MorisonStriker
16Christopher MartinStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
6Clint HillDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
12Jamie MackieStriker
23Junior HoilettStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
26Brian MurphyMidfielder
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
8Andy JohnsonStriker
Players to Watch
Michael Turner
Michael Turner
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The giant centre back impressed on winning promotion to the Premier League with Hull City and earned a move to Sunderland, but he suffered a string of injuries in the last two seasons and under Martin O’Neill his time at the club came to an end as he was sold to Norwich.

His competitive debut for the Canaries last week at Fulham ended in a disastrous 5-0 defeat, and he will hope to play a part in keeping his new club solid at the back in their first home game of the season.
Clint Hill
Clint Hill
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
The experienced defender won both the Players' & Supporters' Player of the Year awards at QPR last season, but last week saw his side lose 5-0 at home as he and centre-back partner Anton Ferdinand struggled to contain Swansea’s counter attacks.

The 33-year-old needs to put in a strong performance as the side face their first away game of the season, as he will see his place come under intense competition should the club land one or more of their remaining defensive targets.
Prediction
Each side suffered a heavy defeat last weekend, but while Mark Hughes has brought in several reinforcements over the summer, the Canaries are still adjusting to the departure of their inspirational manager.

The Hoops therefore have a good chance of recording some points at Carrow Road despite their poor away record, with both teams struggling to regain confidence after last week's results.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 1

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