Premier League Preview: QPR - Stoke
Tony Pulis has targeted two more wins in order to avoid the drop, but his side has only scored twice in its last six Premier League games and is winless in seven matches.
By Al Hain-Cole
Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore
Hoilett, Taarabt, Townsend
Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Shotton, Whelan, Adam, N'Zonzi, Walters
QPR striker Bobby Zamora is serving the second match of his three-game suspension, leaving Loic Remy to start up front on his own.
Adel Taarabt may be selected behind Remy for only his second start in five games, with the Rs desperate for goals in order to beat the drop.
Stephane M'Bia was dropped for last weekend's trip to Everton, but his combative style could be required in the place of Esteban Granero in the centre of midfield against Stoke.
Armand Traore (calf) should return in the place of Nedum Onuoha after missing the defeat at Goodison, while long-term absentees Shaun Wright-Phillips (ankle), DJ Campbell (metatarsal) and Andy Johnson (anterior cruciate ligament) are the only remaining missing players.
The game will probably come too soon for Stoke's Matthew Etherington (back) and Marc Wilson (hamstring), who are struggling to recover from the injuries that kept them out of Sunday's defeat against Manchester United.
Tony Pulis may choose to stick with the same lineup that faced the league leaders, with Kenwyne Jones preferred ahead of Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome in attack.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- QPR has won three of its last four league fixtures against Stoke, but lost the reverse fixture 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium in November.
- Had the Premier League started at the beginning of 2013, Tony Pulis' side would be sitting rock bottom with just five points from 13 games.
- The Potters have lost their last six successive Premier League away games. Defeat at Loftus Road would equal their worst ever run on the road.
- Loïc Remy (pictured, right) has scored five goals in just nine appearances for QPR in the Premier League, making him the club’s joint-top scorer this season.
- The Rs have scored a higher percentage of their goals from outside the box than any other Premier League side (41 percent), while Stoke have hit the lowest proportion of long range strikes (4 percent).
- Stoke have scored (57 percent) and conceded (46 percent) the highest percentage of goals from set pieces this season.
- Pulis' men have only scored one first-half goal since the turn of the year, while Harry Rednkapp's side have only opened the scoring on nine occasions this campaign - a league low.
Top 3 Predictions
QPR 2-1 Stoke
- 17.51 %
QPR 2-0 Stoke
- 13.81 %
QPR 1-2 Stoke
- 10.44 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 20, 2013||QPR 0 - Stoke 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Nov 10, 2012||Stoke 1 - QPR 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||May 6, 2012||QPR 1 - Stoke 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Nov 19, 2011||Stoke 2 - QPR 3|
|Dec 7, 2013||QPR 0 - Blackburn 0||ENG2|
|Dec 3, 2013||QPR 3 - Bournemouth 0||ENG2|
|Nov 30, 2013||Doncaster Rovers 2 - QPR 1||ENG2|
|Nov 23, 2013||QPR 1 - Charlton Athletic 0||ENG2|
|Nov 9, 2013||Reading 1 - QPR 1||ENG2|
|-||Tal Ben Haim||Defender|
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