FA Cup Preview: QPR - West Brom

Harry Redknapp's side is out to at least match last season's effort by reaching the fourth round, but it will have to take down its Premier League foe to do so.


Onouha, Hill, Nelsen, Fabio
Wright-Phillips Granero, Mbia, Mackie

West Brom

Jones, Tamas, McAuley, Ridgewell
Morrison, Gera, Mulumbu, Brunt
Lukaku, Long

Harry Redknapp may opt to stick with the same team that beat Chelsea on Wednesday, although goalscorer Shaun Wright-Phillips may come into starting contention to replace Junior Hoilett (hamstring). 

Djibril Cisse could also be recalled, but QPR is still without long-term absentees Bobby Zamora (thigh) and Andy Johnson (knee). Park Ji-Sung and Alejandro Faurlin are also available should Redknapp choose to rotate his team.

Steve Clarke may still be without Claudio Yacob (hamstring) and Jonas Olsson (groin) for the trip to Loftus Road. Zoltan Gera and Gabriel Tamas may again deputize in their absence, although youngster George Thorne could replace Yacob.

Clarke may choose to rotate his strikers again as Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie were left out of the starting lineup to play Fulham in favor of Romelu Lukaku and Marc Antoine-Fortune.

  • In the Premier League fixture between the two sides on Boxing Day, West Brom ran out 2-1 winners at Loftus Road.

  • QPR has won just twice at home all season in all competitions, with only victories against Fulham and Walsall so far this campaign.

  • In last season’s competition the Hoops reached the fourth round before they were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea.

  • The two teams have met just once in the FA Cup, in 1983, with West Brom winning the game at the Hawthorns 3-2.

  • West Brom also reached the fourth round of the competition last season where it was knocked out by Norwich.

  • The Baggies have won the FA Cup five times in their history, with their last triumph coming in 1968.

  • After a decent scoring start to this season, Shane Long (pictured right) hasn’t scored in his last seven games.