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  • 10 November 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 27529
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Stoke - QPR Preview: Hughes hoping for first away win as Hoops boss

The Welshman has failed to secure victory in 18 top-flight games away from Loftus Road whilst his side have still not earned a three-point haul so far this season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Begovic
Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Kightly, N'Zonzi, Whitehead, Adam, Walters
Crouch

QPR

Julio Cesar
Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Traore
Diakite, Granero
Mackie, Taarabt, Hoilett
Cisse

Stoke boss Tony Pulis looks likely to start with the same side that lost out to Norwich, with the Potters not suffering any fresh injury problems since that defeat at Carrow Road.

Pulis will, however, be without Rory Delap (hernia), Michael Owen (hamstring) and Marc Wilson (broken leg) for the clash with the relegation threatened west London side at the Britannia Stadium.

Rs boss Mark Hughes will be waiting on the fitness of Ji-Sung Park (knee) after he missed Sunday's draw with Reading and he will be without Fabio (hamstring) and Andrew Johnson (knee).

Stephane M'Bia serves the second game of a three-match ban after his dismissal at Arsenal.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Despite their reputation of being tough, tall and physical, Stoke have actually conceded more goals from headers this season (40 per cent) than anyone else in the Premier League.
  • Ryan Shawcross (right) made the England squad again this week, and Stoke might have more internationals to come as they have had more English goalscorers (87.5%) than anyone else this season.
  • Stoke are unbeaten in 11 games at home, winning four and drawing seven. No team has scored more than two goals there in 16 games.
  • The Potters haven't beaten QPR since 2007, when they recorded a 3-1 win in the Championship.
  • QPR have conceded almost a third of their goals this season in the 30-40 minute period of games. However, they've also scored 25% of their Premier League goals in the same period.
  • Perhaps one reason why the Rs have failed to make a good start is a lack of consistency in selection - they are the only club in the top flight to not have a single player feature in every league game.
  • One man fighting hard to get results for QPR, however, is Ryan Nelsen. The defender has made more blocks (15) than anyone else in the Premier League this season.
  • A good omen for the Hoops is that they beat Stoke twice last season - both times by a single goal. They prevailed 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium under former boss Neil Warnock, before winning 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Loftus Road in May.

Players to watch

M. Kightly

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The former Wolves man is beginning to find his feet after a tough period of injury problems, and his crossing and dribbling is as big a threat as ever. If he can find enough space, he has the quality to hit giant striker Peter Crouch, who is always a threat in the air. He proved his worth in front of goal when he netted at Old Trafford last month, and is also a danger from set pieces.

Granero

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The former Real Madrid player is far too good to be scrapping around in the Premier League relegation zone, and with his class and poise on the ball, it can't be long before QPR's results start to turn around. His slick passing and easiness when in possession ensures the Spaniard sees plenty of the ball every game, and he could prove to be the difference between the two sides on Saturday afternoon.

Editor's Prediction

The visitors really need a win to kick-start their season, but couldn't find many harder places to get that victory than at Stoke. Tony Pulis' men are always a threat when at home, and many of the division's top sides come away empty handed from a trip to the Britannia.

However, the Potters have not been on top form this season, and if QPR click into gear, they could pull off a first away win in 18 and a vital maiden three-point haul this term.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Queens Park Rangers

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
42%
15%
43%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
1 - 2
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Stoke City FC STO
2 - 1
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Stoke City FC STO
2 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR

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