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  • March 3, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Loftus Road Stadium, London
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 18033
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Premier League Preview: QPR - Everton

Mark Hughes' men have struggled at Loftus Road but the Toffees are on a poor run away from Merseyside, winning just one of their last six games on the road.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

QPR

Kenny
Onuoha, Hill, Ferdinand, Taiwo
Wright-Phillips, Barton, Buzsaky, Mackie
Taarabt
Zamora

Everton

Howard
Hibbert, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Pienaar, Neville, Fellaini, Drenthe
Cahill
Stracqualursi


Never has a preview been open to such debate. Both clubs are set to welcome back a host of injured players, but as usual it is almost an impossible task to second guess both managers.

QPR will expect Taye Taiwo to recover from a what looked like a mixture of fatigue and a shin injury sustained against Fulham. On the longer term list, Luke Young is due back from a pulled hamstring, as is DJ Campbell. Heidar Helguson should have spent enough time nursing a troublesome groin injury to at least return to the squad.

Samba Diakite misses this game thanks to his debut red card, and Djibril Cisse will complete his three-game suspension following this clash.

As for the Toffees, two weeks without a competitive fixture has allowed minor injury victims Tim Cahill, Victor Anichebe and Leon Osman to return.

Jack Rodwell's hamstring is believed to be mended and Phil Jagielka should have begun training this week following the knee injury that has kept him out for almost two months.

New signing Darron Gibson is expected to miss a month with his own knee complaint but, aside from his absence, David Moyes is inching closer to having a fully fit squad to choose from.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • QPR has dropped more points from winning positions than any other side in the Premier League (15) this season.
  • Manager Mark Hughes played for the Toffees during the twilight of his career, featuring 16 times and scoring just one goal.
  • QPR has won one and lost five of its previous six Premier League encounters.
  • Everton has won just one of its previous six away games, losing two.
  • The Toffees have scored a meager four goals from their past six away games.
  • Heidar Helguson (pictured right) has netted nine times this season, more than anyone else on either side.
  • Everton has scored only 11 goals in its last 12 league games and only more than once in one game during that run.
  • In 1989, Everton beat QPR 1-0 in the semifinal of the now defunct Simod Cup (otherwise known as the Full Members Cup). Everton would go onto lose a seven-goal thriller to Nottingham Forest in the final 4-3.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Queens Park Rangers

Everton

Wins
0
1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
Queens Park Rangers FC Queens Park Rangers
Draw
Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
17%
69%

Top 3 Predictions

Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
0 - 2
Everton FC EVE
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
1 - 2
Everton FC EVE
Queens Park Rangers FC QPR
0 - 1
Everton FC EVE

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