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Harry Redknapp takes charge of first home match as Loftus Road boss.
Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first home fixture as QPR boss and will hope to mark the occasion with the Super Hoops first Premier League win of the season. They come up against an Aston Villa side who sit just outside the relegation zone after they secured a much needed win over Reading in midweek.
Paul Lambert may well opt to once again drop Darren Bent and further strengthen speculation that the England man is on his way out. The Villa Park boss will have been pleased with the form of new signing Christian Benteke but with just four points from a possible 21 on the road this could prove a tough fixture.
Venue Loftus Road, Saturday 3pm
Last season Queens Park Rangers 1 Aston Villa 1
Referee Howard Webb
This season’s matches 10 Y39, R2, 4.10 cards per game
Odds QPR Evens Aston Villa 13-5 Draw 12-5
Queens Park Rangers
Subs from Cerny, Murphy, Onuoha, Ferdinand, F da Silva, Faurlín, Dyer, Derry, Park, Ephraim, Wright-Phillips, Hoilett
Injured César (groin, 8 Dec) Zamora (hip, Feb), Johnson (knee, Mar)
Suspended None Form guide DLLLDL
Disciplinary record Y23 R2
Leading scorer Zamora 3
Subs from Given, Vlaar, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Bowery, Stevens, Bent, Williams, Carruthers, Herd Doubtful Vlaar (calf)
Injured Gardner (knee, May), Stevens (ankle, unknown), Bennett (knee, unknown), N’Zogbia (knee, unknown), Dunne (groin, unknown)
Suspended None Form guide WDLLWD
Disciplinary record Y27 R2
Leading scorer Benteke 3
QPR are unbeaten in the Premier League against Aston Villa at Loftus Road (W3, D2). Villa’s last away success in this fixture was a 1-0 victory in November 1991.
Both meetings last season ended in a draw. QPR earned a 1-1 home draw courtesy of a stoppage-time own goal by Richard
Dunne after Villa’s Barry Bannan had scored a penalty.
Villa have not kept a clean sheet against Rangers in their last nine league matches.
Queens Park Rangers
Harry Redknapp has never lost a Premier League home debut as a manager – winning two (both with Portsmouth) and drawing three.
QPR are the only club in the top four divisions without a win this season. Failure to beat Villa would mean they equal
Swindon’s Premier League record of 15 games without victory, set in 1993-94.
They have the worst goalscoring record in the division, with 10 goals in 13 matches.
The R’s are vying to keep back-to-back clean sheets for the first time in 15 months.
Djibril Cisse has scored four goals in six league matches against Aston Villa, including one when the sides last met in February.
Villa are looking to win consecutive league matches for the first time in 18 months.
Paul Lambert’s side have kept back-to-back clean sheets; they last went three league games without conceding a goal in January 2010.
Villa’s victory over Sunderland four weeks ago is their only Premier League away win in 15 attempts (W1, D5, L9).
Their starting line-up against Reading on Tuesday was the club’s youngest ever in the Premier League, with an average age of 23 years and 324 days.
Seventeen of the 22 goals they have conceded have come in the second half – the highest percentage (77%) in the top flight.
The Villans have only gained one point from losing positions this season.
Barry Bannan will be playing on his 23rd birthday, while Christian Benteke turns 22 on Monday.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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