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  • 20 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
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QPR - Stoke Preview: Potters hoping to avoid a seventh consecutive away defeat

Tony Pulis has targeted two more wins in order to avoid the drop, but his side have only scored twice in their last six Premier League games - losing every one in the process

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Cesar
Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore
Jenas, M'Bia
Hoilett, Taarabt, Townsend
Remy
Stoke City

Begovic
Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Shotton, Whelan, Adam, N'Zonzi, Walters
Jones

QPR striker Bobby Zamora is serving the second match of his three-game suspension, leaving Loic Remy to start up front on his own.

Adel Taarabt may be selected behind Remy for only his second start in five games, with the Rs desperate for goals in order to beat the drop.

Stephane M'Bia was dropped for last weekend's trip to Everton, but his combative style could be required in the place of Esteban Granero in the centre of midfield against Stoke.

Armand Traore (calf) should return in the place of Nedum Onuoha after missing the defeat at Goodison, while long-term absentees Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle), DJ Campbell (metatarsal) and Andy Johnson (anterior cruciate ligament) are the only remaining missing players.

The game will probably come too soon for Stoke's Matthew Etherington (back) and Marc Wilson (hamstring), who are struggling to recover from the injuries that kept them out of Sunday's defeat against Manchester United.

Tony Pulis may choose to stick with the same lineup that faced the league leaders, with Kenwyne Jones preferred ahead of Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome in attack.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR have won three of their last four league fixtures against Stoke, but lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium in November.
  • Had the Premier League started at the beginning of 2013, Tony Pulis' side would be sitting rock bottom with just five points from 13 games.
  • The Potters have lost their last six successive Premier League away games. Defeat at Loftus Road would equal their worst ever run on the road.
  • The Rs have scored a higher percentage of their goals from outside the box than any other Premier League side (41 per cent), while Stoke have hit the lowest proportion of long range strikes (4%).
  • Stoke have scored (57%) and conceded (46%) the highest percentage of goals from set pieces this season.
  • Pulis' men have only scored one first-half goal since the turn of the year, while Harry Rednkapp's side have only opened the scoring on nine occasions this campaign - a league low.

Players to watch

C. Samba

Position: Defender

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The Congolese man mountain was apparently the first name on Harry Redknapp's January shopping list to help shore up the QPR defence, but after a promising start, the former Blackburn man has failed to oversee any clean sheets in the last eight games. His aerial dominance will be vital in containing a Stoke attack that relies heavily on goals from set pieces, and a solid performance from him would go a long way to ensuring a positive result for the Hoops.

J. Walters

Position: Attacker

Games: 11

  • 4
  • 0
  • 0
It says a lot about Stoke's ailing attack that their top scorer is the Irish utility man, who has hit the back of the net just seven times in the league, with only four of those coming from open play. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old can usually be counted on when the chips are down, and Tony Pulis will be hoping to see him come up with a crucial goal in a relegation six pointer.

Editor's Prediction

The hosts have had little trouble in hitting the back of the net recently, thanks to an attack boasting an inordinate number of quality players for a side in their position. This extra cutting edge should see them come out on top against a team who are generally toothless away from home.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

Stoke City

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
54%
18%
28%

Top 3 Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 1
Stoke City FC STO
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 0
Stoke City FC STO
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 2
Stoke City FC STO

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