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Premier League

  • 24 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 37128

Sunderland - QPR Preview: O'Neill's men unbeaten in last nine league games against Hughes' side

The Black Cats will look to bounce back to winning ways against the London club, who will be buoyed following their stunning fightback against Liverpool in midweek


Bardsley, Kyrgiakos, Turner, Bridge
Larsson, Colback, Gardner, McClean
Campbell, Bendtner


Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo
Barton, Derry, Diakite
Cisse, Zamora

Sunderland may be without the services of John O'Shea once more after the Irishman tweaked his hamstring in training prior to the midweek defeat to Blackburn. Wes Brown and Kieran Richardson also look set to miss out this weekend with knee and calf injuries, respectively.

Sotirios Kyrgiakos may retain his starting berth at the heart of the defence and the Black Cats are expected to welcome back Jack Colback, who sat out the Ewood Park loss.

Martin O'Neill must also contend with the continued absence of the suspended Lee Cattermole, but Stephane Sessegnon returns from his ban.

QPR, meanwhile, are expected to stick with the side that saw off Liverpool after their dramatic comeback, despite fans booing Joey Barton when he was subsituted.

The midfielder admitted himself that it was the worst performance of his career, but he should retain his spot in the Hoops midfield.

Boss Mark Hughes has no new injury concerns but will hope to recall strikers Federico Macheda (ankle) and DJ Campbell (hamstring), as well as centre-back Fitz Hall and forward Heidar Helguson (groin), in the coming weeks.

  • The Black Cats have won just one of their last five Premier League games (W1 D1 L3).
  • Wes Brown (pictured right) scored a last-minute winner in the reverse fixture this season in December 2011.
  • QPR have earned just two points from the last 24 available in the Premier League away from home.
  • 50 per cent of the goals that the R's have netted so far this season have been scored in the first half, the highest proportion in the top division.
  • QPR have used 35 different players in the Premier League this season, more than any other team.
  • Lee Cattermole has the worst disciplinary record in the top flight with eight yellows and one red this season in the league.
  • QPR have picked up the joint-most red cards in the top flight this season (five).


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Available Squads
22Simon MignoletGoalkeeper
3Wayne BridgeDefender
6Michael TurnerDefender
16John O'SheaDefender
16Sotirios KyrgiakosDefender
8Craig GardnerMidfielder
14Jack ColbackMidfielder
-David VaughanMidfielder
-James McCleanMidfielder
28Stéphane SessegnonMidfielder
17Nicklas BendtnerStriker
1Craig GordonGoalkeeper
27Matthew Kilgallon Defender
7David MeylerMidfielder
27Ahmed El MohamadyMidfielder
10Fraizer CampbellStriker
10Connor WickhamStriker
10Dong-Won JiStriker
1Paddy KennyGoalkeeper
18Luke YoungDefender
3Taye TaiwoDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
15Nedum OnuohaDefender
21Samba DiakitéMidfielder
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
7Adel TaarabtMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Djibril CisséStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
9Jay BothroydStriker
Players to Watch
Sebastian Larsson
Sebastian Larsson
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Arsenal midfielder is a great creative influence on the right for Sunderland but will be hoping to add to his tally of three Premier League assists against QPR. The Swede's guile and attacking intent, not to mention a crucial capability from set-pieces, are sure to be invaluable as the Black Cats seek to address a slight dip in form.
Djibril Cissé
Djibril Cissé
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The former Liverpool striker struck against his old club in midweek to help secure a famous comeback win for his new employers. It has been a topsy turvy start to his Loftus Road career, having scored on his debut but then being sent off against Wolves just three days later. The Frenchman will be eager to carry on where he left off in midweek to help gain points in his side's quest to avoid relegation.
The two teams go into this clash off the back of contrasting fortunes in their respective midweek games. Sunderland will have a point to prove as they seek to keep their place in the higher echelons of the league. It won't be easy, but expect the Black Cats to have too much for QPR's defence.
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