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  • 6 May 2012
  • • 14:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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QPR - Stoke City Preview: Mark Hughes' men must win in battle to avoid drop, while Potters boast just one win in nine

After four consecutive home victories, the relegation-threatened Hoops will look to secure all three points against Tony Pulis' side, whose away form this season has been poor

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo
Mackie, Derry, Barton, Taarabt
Cisse, Zamora

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Huth, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson
Walters, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington
Crouch, Jones


Adel Taarabt has given QPR boss Mark Hughes a selection dilemma with his return from suspension, whilst Djibril Cisse looks set to partner Bobby Zamora upfront in a fairly attack-minded formation as the Hoops look to take maximum points from Stoke City to improve their survival chances with two Premier League matches remaining.

Samba Diakite will hope for a recall after missing the defeat at Chelsea through illness - positive news for Hughes, who has no fresh injury worries ahead of Sunday's crucial game.

Stoke on the other hand look set to be without Jermaine Pennant (hamstring) and Andy Wilkinson (groin) whilst Rory Delap (back) is likely to miss the clash at Loftus Road. Cameron Jerome will be hoping to play from the start after his equaliser against Everton last Tuesday, although Tony Pulis may go for the height and presence of Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch.

Manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that Thomas Sorensen will replace Asmir Begovic in goal, in order to aid the Dane's Euro 2012 preparation.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR have won their last four Premier League matches at Loftus Road and are unbeaten in five.
  • The last time that the Rs won five home games in a row was in 1987.
  • Mark Hughes' men have not conceded a goal in either of their previous two games.
  • The Rs have received a league high of eight red cards this season.
  • Stoke City have won only one of their last nine Premier League matches.
  • Tony Pulis' men have registered just 11 goals away from the Britannia Stadium this season, the lowest in the league.
  • The Potters have scored a league-high 59 per cent of their goals from set-pieces.
  • Stoke have had fewer shots on target than any other Premier League side, with just 87.
  • Robert Huth could make his 100th Stoke City appearance.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
3Taye TaiwoDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
-Fitz HallDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
9Jay BothroydStriker
9Djibril CisséStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
20Matthew UpsonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
10Ricardo FullerStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
30Ryan ShottonDefender
8Jonathan WoodgateDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
Players to Watch
B. Zamora
B. Zamora
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The striker hasn't hit the ground running since his January move from west London rivals Fulham, scoring only twice in 12 matches. Zamora's last goal came in the 1-1 draw with Everton, way back on March 3.

Now at the tail end of the season, QPR fans will be hoping that the England international can hit some sort of belated form and help secure the Hoops' Premier League status.
Matthew Etherington
Matthew Etherington
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The midfielder has enjoyed some of the best football of his career since his move from West Ham United three years ago, making over 100 appearances for the Potters.

With Pulis expected to select Kenwyne Jones to partner Peter Crouch, Etherington will look to assist his team- mates as best he can with a supply of crosses from the wing. A firm fans' favourite at Stoke, he will look to attack Nedum Onuoha at every opportunity.
Prediction
Sunday's Premier League clash throws up a dramatic contrasts. QPR, who are in such a rich vein of form at Loftus Road on the back of four consecutive home wins, will look to pick up three points against a Stoke City side who have managed only one win from their last nine fixtures.

The Hoops will hope to consolidate their Premier League status with a vital win on home turf, whilst Stoke, following their European excursions this season, may have one eye on the end of the season on the eve of their 58th game of this campaign.

I expect the game to be a fairly open affair, with QPR going for the win and Stoke more than capable of hitting Mark Hughes' men on the counter-attack. The west London side will be desperate for a win as they fight relegation and with their last game of the season away at Manchester City, QPR fans will realistically view Sunday's game as a pivotal moment in their season.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 2

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