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  • 11 April 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 17557
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QPR - Swansea City Preview: Hoops seek third straight home win as relegation battle heats up

Mark Hughes' side defeated giants Liverpool and Arsenal in their last home matches and look to continue against Brendan Rodgers' team, who are almost safe already


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo
Mackie, Barton, Diakite, Buszaky
Taarabt
Zamora
SWANSEA CITY

Vorm
Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor
Routledge, Allen, Britton, Sinclair
Sigurdsson
Graham

QPR are likely to miss Shaun Derry unless his appeal against his sending off on Sunday against Manchester United is successful, which could see the rested Joey Barton return alongside Samba Diakite and Akos Buzsaky in central midfield.

Bobby Zamora sat out the trip to Manchester United to allow him to recover from a virus, and he will likely replace Jay Bothroyd in a lone striking role in the absence of suspended Djibril Cisse and with top scorer Heidar Helguson still working towards match fitness following injury.

Jamie Mackie and Adel Taarabt are likely to start in support of Zamora, while winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, Tommy Smith or DJ Campbell are other options.

Swansea City have fielded a settled line-up all season and have few injury worries. They are set to return lone striker Danny Graham to the starting XI in place of Luke Moore, along with left winger Scott Sinclair, after the pair were rested against Newcastle.

Wayne Routledge has been preferred on the right wing of late and will rival Nathan Dyer for a starting position, while Josh McEachran is an option in midfield if part of central trio Gylfi Sigurdsson, Joe Allen and Leon Britton are removed.




DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR are battling relegation and goal difference alone places them outside the relegation zone in 17th place after 32 matches.
  • Mark Hughes took over as manager in January after Neil Warnock's dismissal, but went on a run of seven games without a win - despite hefty January investment which led to the signing of experienced strikers Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse.
  • His side now faces a challenging run-in, including top-six sides Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City.
  • Both sides won promotion to the Premier League last season, with Championship winners QPR beating third- placed playoff-winners Swansea 4-0 at home and drawing 0-0 away at the Liberty Stadium.
  • This term, the previous encounter between the two finished 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium.
  • Swansea City have enjoyed a successful debut season in the Premier League and are a comfortable 11 points above the relegation zone, but have lost their last three matches and slid to 14th place.
  • Former Chelsea coach Brendan Rodgers has won acclaim for his side's possession-based game that saw the Swans' lose only once at the Liberty Stadium until February.
  • Top scorer Danny Graham has netted 10 goals so far this season, but has since hit a drought and has not scored in any of his last seven games.
  • The Welsh side failed to win any away matches until the New Year, but since then they have won four out of seven away matches.

Players to watch

A. Taarabt

Position: Midfielder

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The mercurial Moroccan playmaker was crucial to his side's promotion last year but has endured a challenging season this term, in which he has often struggled to secure a place in the starting XI.

The 22-year-old has however assumed a starting role in recent matches, and scored the crucial opening goal in the Hoops' last home game against Arsenal with an excellent turn and finish, and his side will look to him for inspiration as they battle the drop.

G. Sigurðsson

Position: Midfielder

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The Icelandic international has scored 6 goals in 12 matches since arriving on loan from Hoffenheim, and frequently impressed audiences with his long distance shooting, passing range, and set pieces.

His directness bring much-needed variety to his team's attack on their travels, and all of his goals have come in away matches.

Editor's Prediction

The Hoops are newly confident after recent home wins and know that they must look to win this game ahead of their challenging run-in. In lone striker Bobby Zamora, they have a player who can bear the burden of leading the attack on his own, with the rest of the team focused on remaining disciplined in defence and preventing the visitors from dominating possession.

The Swans, having effectively secured their Premier League status already, may not be able to find a way through Mark Hughes' motivated side, and could accordingly become the third consecutive team to be beaten at Loftus Road.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

Swansea City

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
52%
17%
31%

Top 3 Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 1
Swansea City AFC SWA
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 0
Swansea City AFC SWA
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 2
Swansea City AFC SWA

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