Mark Hughes' men have struggled at Loftus Road of late but the Toffees are on a poor run away from Merseyside, winning just one of their last six games on the road
NAME OF HOME TEAM
Onuoha, Hill, Ferdinand, Taiwo
Wright-Phillips, Barton, Buzsaky, Mackie
NAME OF AWAY TEAM
Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Pienaar, Neville, Fellaini, Drenthe
Never has a preview been open to such debate. Both clubs are set to welcome back a host of injured players, but as usual it is almost an impossible task to second-guess both managers.
QPR will expect Taye Taiwo to recover from a what looked like a mixture of fatigue and a shin injury sustained against Fulham.
On the longer-term list, Luke Young is due back from a pulled hamstring, as is DJ Campbell. Heidar Helguson should have spent enough time nursing a troublesome groin injury to at least return to the squad.
Samba Diakite misses this game thanks to his debut red card, whilst Djibril Cisse will complete his three-game suspension following this clash.
As for the Toffees, two weeks without a competitive fixture has allowed minor injury victims Tim Cahill, Victor Anichebe and Leon Osman to return.
Jack Rodwell's hamstring is believed to be mended and Phil Jagielka should have begun training this week following the knee injury that has kept him out for almost two months.
New signing Darron Gibson is expected to miss a month with his own knee complaint but David Moyes is boosted by striker Nikica Jelavic's return to fitness and he should take a place on the bench for the first time since his move from Rangers.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- QPR have dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League (15) this season. A QPR/draw half-time/full-time result is 14/1 with Bet365.
- Manager Mark Hughes played for the Toffees during the twilight of his career, featuring 16 times and scoring just one goal.
- QPR have won one and lost five of their previous six Premier League encounters.
- Everton have won just one of their previous six away games, losing two.
- The Toffees have scored a meagre four goals from their past six away games.
- Heidar Helguson (pictured right) has netted nine times this season, more than anyone else on either side.
- Everton have scored only 11 goals in their last 12 league games and only more than once in one game during that run.
- In 1989, Everton beat QPR 1-0 in the semi-final of the now defunct Simod Cup (otherwise known as the Full Members Cup). Everton would go on to lose a seven-goal thriller to Nottingham Forest in the final 4-3.