The Canaries and the Hoops each conceded five goals last weekend, and will be hoping for meaner defensive lines on Saturday as they look to kick-start their respective campaigns
Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido
Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Pilkington
Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Fabio
Mackie, Park, Diakite, Hoilett
Manager Chris Hughton has hinted he was considering including new defensive additions center back Sebastien Bassong and left back Javier Garrido in his side, as he looks to ensure the Canaries improve at the back after conceding five against Fulham.
The Canaries are still without David Fox (knee) and Elliott Ward (thigh), while summer signings Jacob Butterfield and Steven Whittaker are still lacking match fitness and will not feature.
QPR has also been in the market for defenders, but center backs Anton Ferdinand and Clint Hill could retain their places, with attempted moves for Ricardo Carvalho and Michael Dawson unlikely to be completed in time for the game.
Right back Jose Bosingwa joined the club just this week, after a summer without training while Armand Traore is still recovering from an ankle injury, so full-backs Nedum Onuoha and Fabio are set to continue.
Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is still returning to full fitness and Joey Barton misses the second game of his 12-match suspension.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Both Norwich and QPR suffered humiliating 5-0 defeats on the opening day of the season to Fulham away and Swansea at home respectively.
- The Canaries conceded 30 goals in 19 home league matches last season, more than all but the three relegated clubs, and kept just three clean sheets at Carrow Road last season. The side made up by scoring 52 goals in total, more than all but the top six.
- The East Anglian side defeated QPR 2-1 in each of their fixtures last season, after the two won automatic promotion to the Premier League together.
- Chris Hughton was appointed the club’s manager following the departure of Paul Lambert to Aston Villa. Hughton has previously managed in the Premier League with Newcastle.
- The Hoops narrowly avoided relegation in their final match last season, finishing one point above the drop zone in 17th place, after manager Mark Hughes had replaced Neil Warnock midway through January.
- Hughes has made many high-profile signings since then, which this summer included goalkeeper Rob Green, fullback Fabio, midfielder Park Ji-Sung and forwards Junior Hoilett and Andy Johnson.
- Rangers lost 14 of their 19 Premier League away games last season, last winning away at Stoke in November last year. The west London side conceded 41 goals on their travels, with only relegated Blackburn conceding more.
- Striker Djibril Cisse (pictured), signed from Lazio in the January transfer window, has scored in four of his last five Premier League away games.