Stoke welcome winless QPR to the Britannia Stadium.
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Most of the focus will again be on winless QPR and their increasingly under-pressure boss Mark Hughes, who must be starting to fear for his job after bringing in 12 new players over the summer.
Stoke, however, have problems of their own, and have just one win from ten Premier League games and have scored six less goals than rock bottom Southampton. This one has bore draw written all over it, with the likes of Taarabt, Hoillett, Cisse, Crouch and Adam on the field, anything is possible.
Venue Britannia Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Stoke 2 QPR 3
Referee Martin Atkinson
This season’s matches 8 Y30, R1, 3.88 cards per game
Odds Stoke 5-6 QPR 7-2 Draw 5-2
fanatix predicted line-ups
Subs from Nash, Sorensen, Whelan, Edu, Palacios, Jones, Sidibe, Etherington, Shotton, Arismendi, Jerome, Ness, Upson
Injured Owen (hamstring, 19 Nov), Wilson (broken leg, Jan), Delap (hernia, unknown)
Form guide LDLDWL
Disciplinary record Y24 R1
Leading scorer Crouch 4
Subs from Cerny, Green, Derry, Hill, Park, Wright-Phillips, Onuoha, Harriman, Dyer, Ephraim, Zamora, Faurlín, Ehmer
Doubtful Dyer (calf), Park (knee)
Injured Da Silva (hamstring, 17 Nov), Johnson (knee, Mar)
Suspended Mbia (second of three)
Form guide DLDLLL
Disciplinary record Y15 R2
Leading scorer Zamora 3
QPR did the double over Stoke last season. The R’s won 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium and Djibril Cisse’s 89th-minute goal gave them a 1-0 victory at Loftus Road.
But QPR have not had a victory away from home in the Premier League since they won 3-2 at Stoke last November – a run of 18 matches.
QPR are looking for a fourth consecutive victory over Stoke.
Stoke have only won six of their 15 home fixtures against Rangers, who have won on seven visits.
The nine points accrued by the Potters is their lowest at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1984-85.
Peter Crouch is the only player to have scored at home in the league for Stoke so far this term.
Tony Pulis’s men have drawn six of 10 league games, an equal league-high along with Sunderland.
Stoke have conceded a higher percentage of headed goals (40%) than any other team in the division.
Michael Owen has been stuck on 149 Premier League goals since he scored for Manchester United against Blackpool on 22 May 2011.
Winless QPR have kept only one clean sheet all season.
Mark Hughes has failed to win all 14 Premier League away matches as QPR manager, losing 12 times.
The R’s are enduring their equal-worst start to a top flight season – they also had four draws and six defeats from their opening 10 games during their first ever season in the English top division in 1968-69.
fanatix prediction: Mark Hughes’ woes to continue. 2-1 Stoke.
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