Hoops meet Saints in El Sackico. This preview is courtesy of fanatix.
Winless QPR boss Mark Hughes has insisted that the outcome of this clash with Southampton, dubbed El Sackico, will not decide his future but Hoops’ owner Tony Fernandes might have other ideas.
Both these sides spent big over the summer, with QPR bringing in no less than 12 players and Saints investing heavily in attacking duo Gaston Ramirez and Jay Rodriguez, but find themselves in danger of being cut-off at the foot of the table.
Both desperately need the three points. Expect a draw.
Venue Loftus Road, Saturday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Mike Dean
This season’s matches 8 Y26, R1, 3.38 cards per game
Odds QPR 10-11 Southampton 3-1 Draw 13-5
fanatix predicted line-ups:
Subs from Cerny, Green, Traoré, Derry, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha, Ephraim, Zamora, Faurlín, Dyer, Ehmer, Harriman
Doubtful Da Silva (thigh), Dyer (calf), Ephraim (thigh), Zamora (hip)
Injured Park (knee, 24 Nov), Johnson (knee, Mar)
Suspended Mbia (last of three)
Form guide LDLDLL
Disciplinary record Y18 R2
Leading scorer Zamora 3
Subs from Boruc, K Davis, Hooiveld, Lee, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Do Prado, Shaw, Mayuka, Reeves, De Ridder
Injured Chaplow (calf, 25 Nov), Richardson (thigh, 1 Dec)
Form guide DLLLDL
Disciplinary record Y12 R0
Leading scorer Lambert 4
This is their first top-flight meeting since a 3-0 home win for QPR in March 1996.
QPR are enduring their equal-worst start to a top flight season – they also had four draws and seven defeats from their opening 11 games in 1968-69. They lost their 12th match that season and were eventually relegated.
Three clubs have stayed up despite failing to win any of their opening 11 Premier League games (Everton in 1994-95, Blackburn in 1996-97 and Derby in 2000-01).
Rangers have the worst home record in the Premier League this season, earning only three points from five matches.
They have the second worst goalscoring and defensive records in the division.
QPR are the only team in the top flight not to have a player who has featured for them in every match this season.
Shaun Wright-Phillips could make his 300th Premier League appearance.
Southampton are the only Premier League club yet to earn an away point this season. They have lost all five previous trips, conceding 18 goals.
They are also the only top-flight side without a clean sheet. Last weekend’s draw with Swansea was the first game in which they didn’t trail.
Their starting line-up in that match had the youngest age of any club in the division this season: 23 years and 326 days old. It was also Southampton’s youngest first XI in the Premier League era.
The Saints have surrendered 13 points from winning positions this season – only Fulham (14) have fared worse.
Jason Puncheon could make the 200th start of his league career.
fanatix prediction: This has draw written all over it. We’ll go for 1-1.