A real relegation six pointer as Aston Villa host visitors from Loftus Road.
Another huge relegation battle for Aston Villa, who climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-1 win at Reading last Saturday. While that result has given Villa a timely confidence boost and opened up the possibility of winning back-to-back league games for the first time since May 2011, QPR are in good form themselves and will arrive in buoyant mood after defeating Sunderland and Southampton. With Fabian Delph still suspended, Paul Lambert is expected to name the same Villa side. Júlio Cesar and Adel Taarabt return to the QPR squad.
Venue Villa Park, Saturday 3pm
Last season Aston Villa 2 QPR 2
Referee K Friend
This season’s matches 15 Y53, R1, 3.60 cards per game
Subs from Given, Bennett, Bowery, Lichaj, Burke, Williams, Stevens, Dawkins, N’Zogbia, Holman, Carruthers, Ireland
Injured Bent (foot, 31 Mar), El Ahmadi (ankle, 31 Mar), Albrighton (foot, Apr), Gardner (knee, May), Herd (foot, Aug), Dunne (groin, unknown), Petrov (leukaemia, unknown)
Suspended Delph (2/2)
Form guide WLLWDL
Disciplinary record Y62 R2
Leading scorer Benteke 12
Subs from César, Onuoha, Traoré, Granero, Diakité, Park, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Bothroyd
Doubtful Traoré (calf)
Injured Johnson (knee, Apr), Ben Haim (hip, unknown)
Form guide WWLLDD
Disciplinary record Y43 R2
Leading scorer Zamora 4
The two clubs have met 41 times in the league and never shared a goalless draw.
The last three meetings have ended all-square, including the 1-1 draw at Loftus Road earlier this season when Jamie
Mackie cancelled out Brett Holman’s early strike for Villa in Harry Redknapp’s first home game in charge.
QPR have never won at Villa Park in the Premier League (D1, L5). The visitors last won in March 1992, when a Les Ferdinand strike secured a 1-0 win.
Villa’s last clean sheet against QPR was a 2-0 home win in November 1992 – the first Premier League meeting between the clubs. They have met 10 times since that date.
Villa have won only one of their last seven league matches at Villa Park (W1, D1, L5).
Paul Lambert’s side have taken just 16 points from a possible 39 against sides in the bottom half of the table (W4, D5, L5), only Reading and opponents QPR (W2, D7, L4) have fewer (13 points).
No team has scored fewer goals or conceded more in the second-half of games than Villa (13 scored, 36 conceded).
Christian Benteke has scored six league goals in his last seven outings.
Charles N’Zogbia could make the 200th league start of his career.
If the Premier League had started on 27 November (Harry Redknapp’s first game), QPR would be 10th – five points above the relegation zone.
Rangers have scored more than once in just five league matches this season, and two of those have come in their recent back-to-back victories.
They have lost only one of five matches against the four clubs directly above them, taking six points from 15. The defeat was November’s 3-1 loss at home to Southampton.
QPR are yet to concede a penalty this season – a feat only leaders Manchester United can match.
Loic Remy has scored three league goals in four starts for QPR.
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