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  • 9 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 18169
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QPR - Sunderland Preview: Redknapp’s side face off-form Black Cats in basement battle

The Hoops won only their third league match all season last Saturday but must build on their revival against Martin O’Neill’s side who have won none of their last five league games

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Julio Cesar
Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore
Park, M'Bia, Granero
Remy, Bothroyd, Hoilett
SUNDERLAND
  Sunderland
Mignolet
Gardner, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback
Sessegnon, Larsson, N'Diaye, Johnson
Graham, Fletcher

QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar (dead leg) is doubtful and could be replaced by Robert Green, defender Tal Ben Haim (hip) is also doubtful, but the Hoops could name a line-up unchanged from that which defeated Southampton last weekend.

Adel Taarabt was left out of the team last Saturday in favour of Park Ji-Sung and Junior Hoilett, but the playmaker has previously played behind lone striker Loic Remy and could feature at some point.

Bobby Zamora (ankle) is doubtful so Jay Bothroyd could continue up front with Remy moved wide, but Andy Johnson (knee) is out for the season.

Sunderland have no new injury concerns but left-back Danny Rose (hamstring) is nearing a return to fitness and could return in place of Jack Colback. John O’Shea and Titus Bramble have been preferred to Carlos Cuellar at centre-back of late, while Wes Brown (knee) is injured.

Lee Cattermole (knee) is out through injury so Seb Larsson could continue in central midfield, with Stephane Sessegnon out on the right flank as Danny Graham starts with Steven Fletcher in a front two.

Left-sided James McClean is an alternative to Adam Johnson on the left flank and may feature at some point.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR’s victory over Southampton last Saturday followed a six-game winless run and was only their third league victory all season, leaving them bottom of the table and four points from safety having scored the fewest goals (21) of any Premier League side.
  • The Hoops have won only two games in all competitions this season at Loftus Road, and have failed to score in any of their last five home league games.
  • Sunderland have slid to 14th in the table and six points clear of the relegation zone having won none of their last five league matches, but came back from two goals down last Saturday against Fulham to prevent a fourth consecutive defeat.
  • The Black Cats have conceded two goals or more in seven of their last eight matches away from the Stadium of Light.
  • The west London side’s last victory over the Wearside club came in April 1991, with the Black Cats winning seven of their last 11 matches against the Hoops who won none.
  • The reverse fixture earlier this season in November at the Stadium of Light resulted in a 0-0 draw, but Sunderland have won four of their last five away matches against QPR in all competitions, including their last three trips to Loftus Road in which they scored at least two goals in each.
  • Stephane Sessegnon (pictured) has scored in each of his last two matches and found the back of the net in each of the Black Cats’ league wins against QPR last season.
  • QPR defender Nedum Onuoha spent the 2010-11 season on-loan at Sunderland, making 32 starts before returning to parent club Manchester City shortly ahead of a permanent move to the Hoops last January.
  • The west London club are the only side left in the Premier League who have not seen a penalty converted in a league match this season. They have missed both they have been awarded and, along with Manchester United, have yet to concede one.

Players to watch

L. Rémy

Position: Attacker

Games: 2

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The France international forward had suffered form and fitness problems this season at Marseille but scored just 15 minutes into his debut for relegation-threatened QPR, before he was again ruled out through injury shortly afterwards. Comfortable playing as a central striker or on the right flank, the 26-year-old’s pace, aerial ability, and goal-scoring record is vital to the West London club’s survival bid.

S. Sessègnon

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The playmaker had been struggling for form playing behind lone striker Steven Fletcher, but his two strikes in his last two matches marked his return to form since moving to the right flank in a 4-4-2 following the arrival of striker Danny Graham. The Benin international scored in each of the Black Cats’ league matches against QPR last season, and with five strikes so far this season the 28-year-old looks like he could match last year’s tally of seven.

Editor's Prediction

On paper the Hoops’ strong squad could have enough to defeat Martin O’Neill’s side who are without a win in five matches, but the Black Cats have a strong record against their opponents and came back from two goals down to draw their last match, and could make it difficult for the hosts.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

Sunderland

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
71%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 1
Sunderland AFC SUN
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 0
Sunderland AFC SUN

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