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Premier League

  • 18 August 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 18072

QPR - Swansea Preview: Hughes seeks home win in Laudrup's first Premier League match

QPR - Swansea Preview: Hughes seeks home win in Laudrup's first Premier League match

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The hosts will look to secure a good start and avoid the relegation battle of last season after bringing in many new faces while the Dane takes over from Brendan Rodgers



Onuoha, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Fabio

Park, Diakite, Derry, Hoilett

Rangel, Chico, Williams, Taylor

De Guzman, Britton, Michu
Dyer, Graham
, Sinclair

New arrivals Robert Green and Ryan Nelsen are set to start in goal and at centre-back respectively, while Fabio Da Silva, on loan from Manchester United, could ahead of left back over Armand Traore who suffered a hamstring injury in pre-season.

Djibril Cisse has featured up front either with Bobby Zamora in a 4-4-2, or with Adel Taarabt behind him in an attacking midfield position. In the absence of Joey Barton through suspension, Shaun Derry or Alejandro Faurlin could feature alongside Samba Diakite in central midfield.

Jamie Mackie sustained a calf injury ahead of the match, but new signings Park Ji-Sung, from Manchester United, and Junior Hoilett, from Blackburn, represent options on the flanks, as do Shaun Wright-Phillips and Kieron Dyer.

Swansea have little by way of injury worries, while centre back Chico and midfielders Jonathan De Guzman and Michu could make their Premier League debuts, having signed over the summer to replace the departed Steven Caulker, Joe Allen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Left back Neil Taylor and winger Scott Sinclair could also feature, having appeared for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

  • QPR narrowly avoided relegation in their final match last season, finishing one point above the drop zone in 17th place.
  • The Hoops replaced manager Neil Warnock after a poor start with Mark Hughes, who led his team to survival after making a string of high-profile signings including midfielder Samba Diakite and forwards Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora.
  • This summer Hughes has since added to his side with the arrivals of goalkeeper Rob Green, full back Fabio, centre back Ryan Nelson, midfielder Park Ji-Sung and forwards Junior Hoilett and Andy Johnson. 
  • Last season the west London side drew 1-1 with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, but then emerged 3-0 victors in the return match at Loftus Road.
  • Swansea ended the season comfortably in 11th place, despite having achieved promotion only via the play-offs in the preceeding season.
  • Manager Brendan Rodgers received plaudits over the course of the campaign for his methodical, possession-based approach, but has since moved to Liverpool, with Danish international legend Michael Laudrup appointed as his replacement in an attempt to preserve the club's approach.
  • The Welsh club lost key players Steven Caulker, who returned from a loan spell to Tottenham, midfielder Joe Allen who followed Rodgers to Liverpool, and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who also signed for Tottenham, but have already made replacements in the form of centre back Chico and midfielders Jonathan De Guzman and Michu.
  • Striker Danny Graham (pictured) was the club's top scorer last season with 12 after arriving from Watford, and has continued his form into pre-season, scoring six goals in his last three games.


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Available Squads
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
-Anton FerdinandDefender
6Clint HillDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
9Djibril CisséStriker
23Junior HoilettStriker
12Jamie MackieStriker
26Brian MurphyGoalkeeper
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
8Kieron DyerMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
8Andy JohnsonStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
-Mark GowerMidfielder
8Luke MooreStriker
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
Players to Watch
Junior Hoilett
Junior Hoilett
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The versatile attacker starred for Blackburn last season despite the club's relegation, recording seven goals and six assists. He signed for the Hoops as a free agent over the summer and the 22-year-old will hope to justify the club's expense in winning the resulting transfer tussle by getting the new season off to a good start.
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The attacking midfielder signed for the Swans from Rayo Vallecano after scoring 15 goals for the La Liga side last season. The 26-year-old will hope to emulate Gylfi Sigurdsson's attacking midfield role following the Iceland international's departure to Tottenham.
The Hoops won their last five home matches in a row on their way to Premier League survival, and have made considerable reinforcements to their squad over the summer.

The west London side could, therefore, have too much at Loftus Road for the Swans, who will still be adapting to the departures of Brendan Rodgers along with several key players over the summer.
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