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Premier League

  • 2 March 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 31728

Southampton - QPR Preview: Visitors aiming to end six-game Premier League winless streak

Harry Redknapp returns to his old stomping ground for a crucial fixture which could spell the end of his side's fight against relegation from the English top flight



Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox
Schneiderlin, Cork
Lallana, Ramirez, Rodriguez

Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore
M'Bia, Derry
Townsend, Taarabt, Mackie


Southampton are sweating on the fitness of Luke Shaw (ankle) after the young left-back picked up a knock against Newcastle last weekend.

The hosts will also be closely monitoring Guly Do Prado (knee), with the striker expected to take a place on the bench after returning from injury.

QPR, meanwhile, are unlikely to be able to call on Bobby Zamora (ankle) and Esteban Granero (ankle), after the duo picked up injuries in the recent 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Loic Remy could be set to start after coming on in place of Zamora early in the second half of that game, whilst Shaun Derry should replace Granero.

  • Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (pictured right) scored the opening goal when these two sides met in November, but has not netted at home since the end of that month.
  • QPR have won just once in 2013, a 1-0 victory against west London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
  • Rs boss Redknapp spent an unsuccessful year in charge of Southampton between 2004 and 2005, overseeing their first relegation from the top-flight in 27 years.
  • The last time these two sides met in the league at St. Mary's was in a 2009 Championship fixture which ended 0-0.
  • Southampton have only failed to score in five league games this season, whilst QPR have not netted on 11 occasions.
  • Mauricio Pochettino's men won the reverse fixture at Loftus Road earlier this season 3-1.


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31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
2Frazer RichardsonDefender
3Luke ShawDefender
8Steven DavisMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Julio CésarGoalkeeper
3Armand TraoréDefender
22Christopher SambaDefender
6Clint HillDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
23Junior HoilettStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
1Robert GreenGoalkeeper
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
10Adel TaarabtMidfielder
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
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Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
In a QPR attacking force that has seen its fair share of changes, the Moroccan midfielder has been almost ever-present in Harry Redknapp's squad. In a game which QPR must win in order to keep their hopes of Premier League survival alive, Taarabt will be a vital source of goals and creativity.
With both teams struggling near the foot of the table (and with QPR firmly rooted to bottom of it), this match is a must-win encounter for both sides. The Rs will be fully aware that defeat could spell the end of their survival push, but Southampton have arguably the better squad and home advantage on their side.
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