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  • 17 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
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QPR - Southampton Preview: Hoops seek first league win in basement battle

Both managers have been linked with the sack in recent weeks and will be desperate for a win that could save their job and spark a revival from the bottom of the table

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Julio Cesar
Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore
Granero, Diakite, Faurlin
Hoilett, Taarabt

Cisse
SOUTHAMPTON

Gazzaniga
Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw
Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana
Ramirez
Lambert

QPR are without defenders Stephane M’Bia (suspended) and Fabio (hamstring), but centre-back Ryan Nelsen (ankle) could recover following his withdrawal from the New Zealand squad in mid-week.

In midfield, Park Ji-Sung (knee) is unlikely to recover from injury, while Jamie Mackie (ankle) and Kieron Dyer (calf) are doubtful. Andy Johnson is expected to miss most of the season due to a knee injury.

Mark Hughes could therefore name a unchanged line-up with attackers Adel Taarabt and Junior Hoilett behind Djibril Cisse in a lone striker role. Target man Bobby Zamora is an alternative either on his own or as part of a front two.

Southampton could also name an unchanged side, missing only the injured right back Frazer Richardson (thigh) and midfielder Richard Chaplow.

Nigel Adkins opted for Paulo Gazzaniga in goal last week ahead of Artur Boruc, while the youthful pair of left back Luke Shaw and central midfielder Jack Cork could retain their places ahead of Danny Fox and Steven Davis respectively.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR are currently bottom of the Premier League and are without a win so far after 11 league games.

  • Despite avoiding relegation last season with a run of five straight home wins, Mark Hughes' side have scored just three goals at Loftus Road so far, the lowest in the Premier League together with Sunderland, having lost two and drawn three of their five home matches.

  • Southampton are second from bottom in the table and are the only team without a clean sheet having conceded 29 goals, the most of any team in the league.
  • The Saints are the only team in the league without an away point having lost all five of their games on the road this season, conceding at least two goals in each to attain a joint-Premier League record (along with Blackburn in 2009-10) of 18 goals conceded in a season’s first five away games.

  • The two clubs last met in the 2008-09 Championship in a 0-0 draw at St Mary’s Stadium, with the previous encounter at Loftus Road resulting in Adam Lallana (pictured right) netting the only goal for the Saints in a 4-1 away defeat.

  • There have been two or fewer goals scored in each of the Hoops’ last four games in the Premier League.

  • Nigel Adkins’ side have conceded seven goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season, more than any other Premier League side.

  • Forty per cent of the South Coast club’s goals this season have been headers, the highest proportion in the top flight.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
3José BosingwaDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
23Junior HoilettStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
8Kieron DyerMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
34Max EhmerMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
3Luke ShawDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
26Jos HooiveldDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
Players to Watch
Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Morocco international was brought back into the side at the start of October and repaid Mark Hughes with goals in successive matches, but has been profligate in front of goal recently. As the Hoops search for their first win in the league, the mercurial playmaker will be relied on as a source of creativity in attack as his side look to him for a killer pass, incisive dribbling and powerful shooting to unlock their opponents’ defence.
G. Ramírez
G. Ramírez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Saints' record signing made a bright start to his career on the south coast, but struggled to break down a solid West Brom outfit last weekend, but will be key in retaining possession away from home on Saturday, and offers a potent outlet in an attack that may need to be firing on all cylinders to compensate for a leaky defence.
Prediction
The home fixture against their rivals at the bottom of the table gives the Hoops an excellent chance to record their first win in a crucial match. The Saints offer a potent threat in attack but have conceded the most goals in the league by some distance, and could be outgunned as the hosts seek to at last gain a result that reflects their performances.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 2

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