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  • 25 September 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 16707
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QPR - Aston Villa Preview: Hosts look to secure first home win back in the top flight

The Super Hoops have yet to score at Loftus Road this season as they prepare to welcome unbeaten opponents on Sunday, but will fancy their chances after victory last weekend


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Traore
Faurlin, Derry, Barton
Wright-Phillips, Campbell, Taarabt
ASTON VILLA

Given
Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
N’Zogbia, Delph, Petrov, Bannan
Agbonlahor, Bent
With no fresh injury worries, QPR boss Neil Warnock is likely to stick with largely the same side which secured an impressive 3-0 win away at Wolves last Saturday.

DJ Campbell’s goalscoring cameo in that victory, however, may well see him start in place of Jay Bothroyd as the central striker in a pacy and fluid front three.

For Villa, Emile Heskey’s continued absence with a hamstring injury should ensure Gabriel Agbonlahor continues alongside Darren Bent up front.

Young Scot Barry Bannan will also likely remain Alex McLeish’s favoured candidate to replace Agbonlahor on the left flank after a series of promising displays for club and country in recent weeks, while the visitors’ settled defence should once again remain unchanged.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Aston Villa have never beaten QPR at Loftus Road in the Premier League era. Their last success came in an old First Division clash in 1991, when they won 1-0.
  • QPR are still looking for their first home win since returning to the top flight, and are currently the only team in the Premier League not to have mustered a single goal on their home ground.
  • Aston Villa remain unbeaten after their first five league games, but have only recorded one victory in that time – a 3-1 home win over Blackburn.
  • Although these two have not met in the Premier League for 15 years, they faced each other as recently as 2008 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Villa Park. QPR won the match 1-0.
  • Should he feature, Sunday’s match will be the first time QPR defender Luke Young has faced Aston Villa since leaving the Midlands club last month.
  • Aston Villa striker Darren Bent (pictured right) has netted just once in his first six appearances this season. It’s his worst start to a campaign in seven years.
  • QPR lost just twice at Loftus Road in the entirety of their Championship-winning campaign last season.
  • Only Blackburn, West Brom and relegated Blackpool conceded more goals than Aston Villa away from home in the Premier League last season.

Players to watch

S. Wright-Phillips

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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His career achievements may not have lived up to his early promise, but over the years Wright-Phillips has proven himself to be an extremely useful option for any Premier League side.

Fleet of foot, skilful and possessing an underrated eye for goal, the diminutive winger is a handful for any defence in the land when he turns it on. Villa will be hoping he doesn’t on Sunday.

D. Bent

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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For all the criticism Darren Bent has endured over the years, one aspect of his game which has never been questioned is the ability to score goals, and lots of them.

The 27-year-old seems to know instinctively how to find space in the opposition area, and has the composure to put away most chances he gets.

He might be having a bit of a dry spell at present, but QPR would be foolish to write him off this Sunday.

Editor's Prediction

Aston Villa have prided themselves on being difficult to beat this season but, boosted by their summer signings, QPR should be able to edge their first home win of the campaign.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

Aston Villa

Wins
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3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
Aston Villa FC AST
Aston Villa FC Aston Villa
43%
26%
31%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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