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  • 1 October 2012
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QPR - West Ham Preview: Hammers looking for 50th win against London rivals

QPR - West Ham Preview: Hammers looking for 50th win against London rivals

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With the Rs yet to score a goal at home this season, but Sam Allardyce's side failing to win at QPR since January 1998, something has to break in this capital derby

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
QPR

Julio Cesar
Dyer, Nelsen, Onouha, Hill
Wright-Phillips, Granero, M'Bia, Park
Hoilett
Zamora

WEST HAM

Jaaskelainen
Reid, Collins, Demel, O'Brien
Nolan, Noble, Diame, Taylor
Cole, Maiga



After last Sunday's spirited, but ultimately unsuccessful trip, to White Hart Lane, QPR boss Mark Hughes has a number of injury concerns ahead of this weekend's London derby with West Ham.

Anton Ferdinand and Fabio da Silva (both hamstring) will be joined on the sidelines by Jose Bosingwa, who suffered a similar injury in the Tottenham match. Thanks to a lack of options, midfielder Kieron Dyer could deputise. Armand Traore and Alejandro Faulin are both set to miss out with minor knocks, whilst Andy Johnson is a long-term absentee.

In terms of good news, Adel Taarabt may play some part off the bench after suffering a hamstring injury of his own during the season's opening day defeat at the hands of Swansea. Top goalscorer Bobby Zamora is likely to come back in up front, taking the place of Djibril Cisse despite the Frenchman's League Cup strike against Reading in the week.

After making no less than 10 alterations to his midweek line-up, Sam Allardyce is likely to make full-scale changes once more, reinstating the starting XI which salvaged a last-gasp draw with Sunderland last Saturday.

With no new injury concerns to add to Andy Carroll (hamstring), Jack Collison and Gary O'Neil (both knee), Alladyce's only change from his last Premier League team may be to pick summer signing Modibo Maiga in place of Ricardo Vaz Te. The Malian opened his Upton Park account in the defeat by Wigan on Tuesday, in the only bright spot for the Hammers after an “embarrassing show”, according to their manager, by the club's fringe players.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR are yet to score a goal at home this season, having lost 5-0 to Swansea on the opening day of the season, before drawing their last game at Loftus Road 0-0 with Chelsea.
  • Former West Ham forward Bobby Zamora is the only Rs player to score a Premier League goal this season, with all three of the club's strikes to his name.
  • Only Southampton (15) have conceded more goals than QPR (11) so far this season.
  • Former England player Trevor Sinclair (pictured, right) made 175 league starts for QPR between August 1993 and January 1998 before moving to West Ham. He went on to make the exact same number during his time at Upton Park.
  • West Ham have not won at QPR since January 1988. They have visited eight times since, scoring just three times.
  • The Hammers possess the highest foul count of any team in the Premier League so far this season with 75.
  • After five games last season, QPR had gained seven points - including two away wins. The start they have made this time around (two points from five games) is their worst ever in the Premier League.
  • West Ham have won their only other London derby so far this season; a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Upton Park on September 1.

Players to watch

B. Zamora

Position: Attacker

Games: 8

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With all three of QPR's Premier League strikes so far this season, Zamora is probably his team’s best chance of goal. The England forward scored 40 goals for West Ham between 2003-2008, and he'll be keen to remind them of what he can do best. If they are to have a chance of taking three points on Monday, Rangers will need Zamora to be on form.

K. Nolan

Position: Midfielder

Games: 5

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With three goals in five Premier League games, midfielder Nolan is proving his worth yet again as Sam Allardyce's 'go-to guy' in this West Ham team. His last-minute equaliser against Sunderland demonstrated the 30 year-old’s awareness in the box perfectly, and it is something QPR will have to be aware of if they're going to stop Nolan breaching their leaky defence.

Editor's Prediction

Although there were signs of improvement against Tottenham last Sunday, QPR just don't seem to have got out of the traps yet this season. Their lack of goals, and more importantly goalscorers, means they may struggle if Zamora can't put one past his old team. West Ham are unbeaten in their last three in the league, and could well be strong enough to take maximum points back to Upton Park.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

West Ham United

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
West Ham United FC WHU
West Ham United FC West Ham United
49%
19%
32%

Top 3 Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 1
West Ham United FC WHU
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 2
West Ham United FC WHU
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
2 - 0
West Ham United FC WHU

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