Manchester United - QPR Preview: Hosts will go eight points clear of Manchester City with a win at Old Trafford
The Red Devils have won seven league games on the bounce since drawing with Chelsea; with the visitors on a poor run away from home it looks like another victory is on the horizon
By John Stammers
Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Valencia, Jones, Carrick, Nani
Young, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Taiwo
Mackie, Barton, Derry, Diakite
Sir Alex Ferguson has no fresh injury worries ahead of Sunday's clash and will be boosted by the return of Nani, who has missed the last five games with an ankle injury.
The United boss is likely to make some changes as the team embark on a week containing three games. However, he is likely to keep in-form Antonio Valencia in the starting line-up, which could see Ashley Young dropped to accommodate the Portuguese.
Michael Owen (thigh) has not recovered in time to play a part in the game at Old Trafford and therefore Sir Alex's main choice up front is again whether to pair Wayne Rooney with Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez.
Other changes could see Chris Smalling come in for Rafael and Paul Scholes drop to the bench for Phil Jones.
QPR boss Mark Hughes is without the suspended Djibril Cisse, who misses his second match from a four-game ban, while Armand Traore and Fitz Hall are still absent.
However, both DJ Campbell and Heidar Helguson return to the squad after prolonged spells on the sidelines.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Manchester United can go eight points clear of rivals Manchester City, at least for a couple of hours, with a win on Sunday.
- The Red Devils have managed 10 wins in their last 11 league games, recording seven in a row and drawing the other. Manchester United are 9/1 with Bet365 to beat QPR 4-0.
- Sir Alex's men have defeated QPR nine times in their last 12 meetings across all competitions, losing none of those fixtures.
- United have lost just two of their last 36 games at Old Trafford, winning on 32 occasions.
- The Premier League leaders have only conceded once in their last five home league matches.
- Antonio Valencia (pictured) has contributed 12 assists and four goals in his 16 league starts so far.
- QPR have lost 15 out of 19 league games at Old Trafford, winning only once.
- Hughes' men have managed pick up just two points from their last nine away fixtures in the league.
- However, they will be buoyed by having ended Arsenal's impressive winning streak with a 2-1 victory over the Gunners at Loftus Road in their most recent match.
- Anton Ferdinand, brother of United defender Rio, has scored own goals in his last two league visits to Old Trafford.
- Rangers have failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 games away from home.
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Top 3 Predictions
Manchester United 3-0 QPR
- 27.09 %
Manchester United 5-0 QPR
- 13.39 %
Manchester United 4-0 QPR
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