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  • 27 November 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 36513
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Sunderland - QPR Preview: Redknapp looks to start reign with Hoops' first win of the season

The former Tottenham manager will have to end a winless run of five games to register three points at the Stadium of Light while the Black Cats hope to end their poor home form

  PROBABLE LINEUPS


SUNDERLAND

Sunderland
Mignolet
Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose
Larsson, Gardner, Colback, Johnson
Sessegnon
Fletcher


QPR

  QPR
Cesar
Mbia, Hill, Nelsen, Traore
Derry
Mackie, Granero, Faurlin, Tarrabt
Cisse


Martin O’Neill may be without captain Lee Cattermole (knee) for the visit of QPR to the Stadium of Light as the midfielder limped off in the Black Cats defeat to West Brom on Saturday. Also likely to be out is defender John O’Shea (calf) who left the pitch at half-time at the weekend.

Craig Gardner came on for the former Wigan midfielder is in line to replace his skipper in the centre midfield while Matt Kilgallon should take the place of the Republic of Ireland international at the back.

Harry Redknapp has almost a full squad to choose from in his first game in charge bar long-term absentees Andy Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (thigh).

He will be boosted by the return to fitness of Park Ji-Sung although the South Korean may not be fit enough to start the game after recovering from a knee injury.

Elsewhere, Jose Bosingwa may push Stephane Mbia for a start after recovering from a virus while Shaun Derry may have done enough to keep hold of his place in the starting line-up ahead of Samba Diakite.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sunderland have won just once at home in the Premier League this season with their last victory coming in September against Wigan.

  • The Black Cats have lost their last two home games on the bounce against Aston Villa and West Brom.

  • Martin O’Neill’s side have scored the fourth fewest amount of goals in the Premier League this season with 12. Only Stoke (11), Aston Villa (10) and Norwich (10) have scored fewer.

  • Harry Redknapp will take charge of his first game for QPR, his first game in the Premier League since he managed Tottenham on the final day of last season.

  • The Hoops are yet to win in the top flight this season and have taken just four points from their opening 13 fixtures.

  • The London club have the worst away record in the Premier League having taken just a point from their seven games away from Loftus Road.

  • QPR haven't won on Wearside in their last five visits, their last win over the Black Cats as visitors came in 1991.

Players to watch

S. Sessègnon

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Benin international looks to be back to the form he was in last season after scoring in his last two games. His link-up play with Steven Fletcher appears to be getting better as the weeks progress but the Black Cats will need him to fire on Tuesday against the Premier League’s bottom side. The forward scored in both meetings against QPR last season and if they afford him similar time and space on the ball it could be a good evening for Martin O’Neill’s men.

D. Cissé

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Frenchman needs to get firing this season as his team needs him as he’s found the net just twice this season but he has the ability to get so many more. His pace should give him a good advantage over Sunderland’s sluggish back-line which struggled against Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku at the weekend. If he gets behind the back-line the crowd at the Stadium of Light know all too well from his time on Wearside he can finish.

Editor's Prediction

Sunderland were woeful at the weekend and were cut open easily by a sublime West Brom outfit, while QPR were good against Manchester United for 60 minutes but once they conceded they showed a fragility which comes from a being at the bottom. The new manager affect may give the Rs a much-needed boost like it did to Sunderland last season under O’Neill.

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
36%
17%
47%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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