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
Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Traore
Faurlin, Derry, Barton
Wright-Phillips, Campbell, Taarabt
Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock
N’Zogbia, Delph, Petrov, Bannan
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.
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- 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.