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  • 21 December 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
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QPR - Sunderland Preview: Both sides have won just once in their last seven games

QPR - Sunderland Preview: Both sides have won just once in their last seven games

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Neil Warnock's men looking to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Manchester United on Sunday, but will have their work cut out against the Black Cats


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Young, Hall, Gabbidon, Traore
Wright-Phillips, Barton, Faurlin, Taarabt
Mackie, Helguson

SUNDERLAND

Westwood
Bardsley, Brown, Bramble, O’Shea
Larsson, Cattermole, Colback, Richardson Sessegnon
Bendtner


Paddy Kenny is available for QPR and could come in for Radek Cerny, who produced some top drawer saves against Manchester United but allowed a timid Michael Carrick shot to go in at his near post.

Anton Ferdinand misses the match against his former club due to a hamstring injury and could be replaced by Fitz Hall, while defensive partner Danny Gabbidon is a doubt with a gashed leg. Striker Jay Bothroyd is also a concern for the hosts with a knee injury.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is without Fraizer Campbell, Michael Turner, Craig Gordon and Simon Mignolet due to injuries, but otherwise has no concerns.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR have not managed a win in the Premier League in a month, with their last victory coming against Stoke in November.
  • Sunderland have only won a single Premier League match away from the Stadium of Light this season.
  • The Hoops have managed to clinch all three points at home on only one occasion this season.
  • The Black Cats have won all of their last three encounters with the hosts, and claimed a 2-1 win when the sides last met at Loftus Road in 2007.

  • Both teams have achieved just one victory in their last seven fixtures.
  • Sebastian Larsson has scored more free kicks over the past five seasons than any other Premier League player.
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips has had more shots in the Premier League without scoring than any other player.

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Available Squads
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
19Danny GabbidonDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
2Matthew ConnollyDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Heidar HelgussonStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
-Fitz HallDefender
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
9DJ CampbellStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
14Tommy SmithStriker
20Keiren WestwoodGoalkeeper
2Phil BardsleyDefender
5Wes BrownDefender
16John O'SheaDefender
19Titus BrambleDefender
33Lee CattermoleMidfielder
7Sebastian LarssonMidfielder
15Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
24Trevor CarsonGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
10Dong-Won JiStriker
Players to Watch
Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The enigmatic midfielder has not yet managed to replicate last season’s fine form in the Championship, but his skill on the ball and potential to be a match-winner for his side mean that he is always a threat to the opposition.

The Moroccan will operate in a free-role, looking to exploit space in the wide areas and in behind the QPR frontline.

Sebastian Larsson
Sebastian Larsson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Swedish international has been an asset to Sunderland on more than one occasion this season. His exquisite free kicks regularly test goalkeepers, while the 26-year-old is a threat from open play play too.

He will also look to supply the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon with ammunition from the wings throughout the match.

Prediction

This game has ‘draw’ written all over it. A league table based purely on this season’s home form would place QPR 17th while a table based on away form would rank Sunderland in the same position.

The stats speak for themselves, and if either team are able to manage a victory here it will take something special from one of their key players.

Editor's Prediction
QPR 1

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