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QPR
QPR
Played
November 26, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 26781‎
 
Luke Young 59′
73′ Grant Holt
 

Norwich City - QPR Preview: Paul Lambert's men seek to end four-game winless streak

A pair of in-form strikers in Steve Morison and Heidar Helguson go head-to-head as two sides from last year's Championship are set for a Premier League goalfest at Carrow Road

By George Ankers


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NORWICH CITY

Ruddy
Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan, Morison

QPR

 
Kenny
Young, Gabbidon, Ferdinand, Hill
Wright-Phillips, Buzsaky, Faurlin, Taarabt
Mackie, Helguson
Paul Lambert has no new injuries to worry about so will likely pick a similar, though not identical, line-up to that which lost to Arsenal last week. Elliott Bennett, somewhat unlucky to miss out against the Gunners, should return, with the defensive cover of Andrew Crofts most likely to be sacrificed. Captain Grant Holt will continue his super-sub duties with Steve Morison in such impressive form leading the line.

Neil Warnock will be without his captain Joey Barton this weekend, with the midfielder having picked up his fifth booking of the season against Stoke meaning Akos Buzsaky may fill in for the former Newcastle man. Adel Taarabt missed the 3-2 victory over Tony Pulis' men after reportedly losing his passport and suitcases during the international break, and QPR had performed well in his absence, but he most likely will be restored, potentially at the expense of Armand Traore.


 DID YOU KNOW?

  • Norwich City have exceed expectations so far this season to sit 11th at present, but are within three points' reach of 17th-placed Wolves.
  • The Canaries, having lost their last two games, have failed to win in four.
  • Striker Steve Morison has netted for Lambert's men in each of their last three games, taking his tally for the season to four and making him the club's joint top-scorer along with Anthony Pilkington.
  • QPR hitman Heidar Helguson is in similar form, with four goals from his last four games, including a brace against Stoke - only Arsenal's Robin van Persie has scored more in the Premier League since October 15.
  • Both sides have scored at least one goal in each of their last five matches.
  • Norwich are yet to record a single clean sheet in any competition in the 2011-12 season.
  • QPR are more than used to facing the Canaries, whom they have played against in more Football League or Premier League matches than any other club - at a whopping 110 encounters through the years.
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Available Squads
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
2Russell MartinDefender
20Leon BarnettDefender
23Marc TierneyDefender
44Ritchie De LaetDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
29Grant HoltStriker
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
24Radek CernyGoalkeeper
6Clint HillDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
3Armand TraoréDefender
18Luke YoungDefender
-Anton FerdinandDefender
4Shaun DerryMidfielder
32Alejandro FaurlinMidfielder
11Shaun Wright-PhillipsMidfielder
12Jamie MackieStriker
9Heidar HelgussonStriker
32Elvijs PutninsGoalkeeper
16Bradley OrrDefender
-Fitz HallDefender
14A. BuzsakyMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
14Tommy SmithStriker
9Jay BothroydStriker
Players to Watch
Steve Morison
Steve Morison
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
A non-league footballer as recently as 2009, the big Welsh forward has adapted impressively to the Premier League since his summer move from Milwall, with three in three for the Canaries meaning he still keeps inspirational captain Grant Holt out of the starting XI. He has no small measure of guile to go with his physical capabilities, and his volleyed finish against Blackburn proves his touch of quality. Will be a handful for the visiting back line.
Alejandro Faurlin
Alejandro Faurlin
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Goal.com exclusively revealed this week that the Argentine's good form has led to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter eyeing him up as January looms, and this could be an excellent 'shop-window game' for Faurlin to exert his authority on Norwich. The central midfielder has excellent technical ability and delivered a fine assist for QPR's first goal against Stoke, and will pose a real test to the likes of Fox and Johnson in the Canaries' engine room.
Prediction
All signs point to a veritable festival of goals at Carrow Road. Both sides have quality up front but the Canaries have yet to keep a clean sheet and the quality of the QPR midfield should be enough to extend a difficult run for the home side.
Editor's Prediction
QPR 4
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