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
By Rhys Turrell
Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Kightly, N'Zonzi, Whitehead, Adam, Walters
Bosingwa, Nelsen, Ferdinand, Traore
Mackie, Taarabt, Hoilett
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.
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- 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.
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