Southampton - QPR Preview: Visitors aiming to end six-game Premier League winless streak
Harry Redknapp returns to his old stomping ground for a crucial fixture which could spell the end of his side's fight against relegation from the English top flight
By Ben Cullimore
Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox
Lallana, Ramirez, Rodriguez
Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore
Townsend, Taarabt, Mackie
Southampton are sweating on the fitness of Luke Shaw (ankle) after the young left-back picked up a knock against Newcastle last weekend.
The hosts will also be closely monitoring Guly Do Prado (knee), with the striker expected to take a place on the bench after returning from injury.
QPR, meanwhile, are unlikely to be able to call on Bobby Zamora (ankle) and Esteban Granero (ankle), after the duo picked up injuries in the recent 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Loic Remy could be set to start after coming on in place of Zamora early in the second half of that game, whilst Shaun Derry should replace Granero.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Southampton striker Rickie Lambert (pictured right) scored the opening goal when these two sides met in November, but has not netted at home since the end of that month.
- QPR have won just once in 2013, a 1-0 victory against west London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
- Rs boss Redknapp spent an unsuccessful year in charge of Southampton between 2004 and 2005, overseeing their first relegation from the top-flight in 27 years.
- The last time these two sides met in the league at St. Mary's was in a 2009 Championship fixture which ended 0-0.
- Southampton have only failed to score in five league games this season, whilst QPR have not netted on 11 occasions.
- Mauricio Pochettino's men won the reverse fixture at Loftus Road earlier this season 3-1.
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Top 3 Predictions
Southampton 1-2 QPR
- 14.41 %
Southampton 2-1 QPR
- 11.53 %
Southampton 0-2 QPR
- 8.65 %
|Premier League (EPL)||2 Mar 2013||Southampton 1 - QPR 2|
|Premier League (EPL)||17 Nov 2012||QPR 1 - Southampton 3|
|15 Mar 2014||Southampton 4 - Norwich City 2||EPL|
|8 Mar 2014||Crystal Palace 0 - Southampton 1||EPL|
|1 Mar 2014||Southampton 0 - Liverpool 3||EPL|
|22 Feb 2014||West Ham 3 - Southampton 1||EPL|
|15 Feb 2014||Sunderland 1 - Southampton 0||FA|
|6||Jose Rocha Fonte||Defender|
|21||Guilherme Do Prado||Midfielder|
|35||Fabio Da Silva||Defender|
In a QPR attacking force that has seen its fair share of changes, the Moroccan midfielder has been almost ever-present in Harry Redknapp's squad. In a game which QPR must win in order to keep their hopes of Premier League survival alive, Taarabt will be a vital source of goals and creativity.
With both teams struggling near the foot of the table (and with QPR firmly rooted to bottom of it), this match is a must-win encounter for both sides. The Rs will be fully aware that defeat could spell the end of their survival push, but Southampton have arguably the better squad and home advantage on their side.
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