QPR take on Norwich City resplendent with a bevvy of new signings.
Harry Redknapp projects the air of someone who enjoys life’s conundrums but selecting a team for this Saturday lunchtime fixture could vex even a man of his nous. This week Ryan Nelsen and Alejandro Faurlín have moved on, four new players have arrived of which at least two – Chris Samba and Yun Suk-young – are lacking match fitness. Redknapp must also reassure Jamie Mackie and Junior Hoilett, whom he tried to sell amid Thursday’s self-inflicted day of chaos. Norwich seem serene by comparison, adding Kei Kamara and Luciano Becchio to their forward line.
Venue Loftus Road, Saturday 12.45pm
Last season QPR 1 Norwich 2
Referee Jon Moss
This season’s matches 12 Y31, R1, 2.67 cards per game
Queens Park Rangers
Subs from Green, Diakité, Park, Jenas, Wright-Phillips, Yun, Da Silva, Hoilett, Ben Haim, Townsend, Ephraim, Bothroyd
Doubtful Mackie (illness), Samba (match fitness), Wright-Phillips (ankle), Yun (match fitness)
Injured Bosingwa (back, unknown), Johnson (knee, Mar)
Form guide DDDWLL
Disciplinary record Y35 R2
Leading scorer Taarabt 4
Subs from Camp, Steer, Whittaker, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Fox, Becchio, Barnett, E Bennett, R Bennett, Tierney, Kamara, Smith, Francomb
Doubtful Kamara (awaiting clearance)
Injured Ruddy (thigh, Mar)
Form guide DLDLLL
Disciplinary record Y26 R0
Leading scorers Holt, Pilkington, Snodgrass 4
Norwich are unbeaten in their last six league matches against QPR (W4, D2)
The reverse fixture in August ended 1-1, with QPR’s Bobby Zamora cancelling out Simeon Jackson’s opener.
QPR have scored in all nine previous Premier League matches against Norwich.
Queens Park Rangers
QPR have taken 12 points from 11 league games since Harry Redknapp took charge (W2, D6, L3).
They are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches – equalling their run in Redknapp’s first four matches in charge. If they avoid defeat against Norwich it will be their longest unbeaten top-flight run since a six-match streak from February to March 1995.
Rangers have fewer wins (one) and goals (eight) at home than any other side in the top flight.
They have only won two of their 24 Premier League matches – the fewest by any club at this stage since both Derby County (2) and Fulham (2) in 2007-08. Fulham went on to avoid relegation that season.
Norwich earned only their second point in the last seven games in the midweek draw with Tottenham.
They have conceded 15 goals during that winless run.
The Canaries have won one of their last 12 away matches, picking up eight points.
Grant Holt has only scored one goal in his last 16 league and cup appearances.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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