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


PROBABLE LINEUPS
SUNDERLAND

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


QPR


Kenny
Young, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo
Barton, Derry, Diakite
Taarabt
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.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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).

Players to watch

S. Larsson

Position: Midfielder

Games: 4

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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.

D. Cissé

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sunderland

Queens Park Rangers

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
Sunderland AFC Sunderland
Draw
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
71%
20%

Top 3 Predictions

Sunderland AFC SUN
2 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Sunderland AFC SUN
2 - 1
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Sunderland AFC SUN
8 - 0
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR

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