IT’S DESTINATION the Britannia Stadium - home of Stoke City - this weekend, as the R's go in search of what is currently an elusive first Premier League win of the season.
Rangers are winless after their opening 10 fixtures and are also without a victory on the road for almost a year.
Ironically, QPR's last win away from Loftus Road was at the Britannia, with Heidar Helguson (2) and Luke Young on target in a 3-2 triumph.
Stoke were also the only team that Rangers did the double over last season and that statistic, coupled with QPR's excellent record in the Potteries – four wins from their last six visits – will give boss Mark Hughes hope.
Despite big name summer signings such as Michael Owen and Charlie Adam, Stoke have also endured a slow start to the campaign with just one win – and six draws – in their first 10 fixtures. They are, however, currently unbeaten at home this season.
The Potters will be without Owen and Rory Delap for Saturday’s fixture. Delap is due to undergo a hernia operation next week, while Owen is out with a hamstring injury.
Marc Wilson remains on the sidelines after recently fracturing his left fibula.
Rangers will be without skipper Ji-Sung Park (knee), while Hogan Ephraim misses out with a hamstring injury. Stephane Mbia serves the second of a three-match suspension.
Ryan Nelsen is available, however, after shaking off a knock.
Stoke City – Last Line-up
(v Norwich City – 03/11/2012): Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whitehead, Adam, Nzonzi, Kightly, Crouch, Walters.
Star Man … Peter CROUCH (Striker)
Former QPR man Peter Crouch has attracted a lot of attention during his career for his height but offers more than just aerial prowess.
A former trainee with Tottenham Hotspur, the 6ft 7in striker has played for eight teams, including Aston Villa, Norwich City, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Crouch moved to Stoke for around £10million on deadline day of the 2011 summer transfer window and has since been a big hit in the Potteries, scoring 14 goals in 41 Premier League starts.
The 31-year-old also has an impressive 22 goals in 42 senior international appearances for England but hasn’t pulled on a Three Lions jersey for almost two years.
The Pre-Match Talk
QPR striker, Djibril Cisse: “We have to keep working, keep believing and keep fighting. We are a good team, there is a lot of quality here and the situation is going to change for sure.
“Perhaps we need a little bit of luck and more concentration in key moments. I think they are the main reasons why we are in the situation we are in right now.”
Stoke boss, Tony Pulis: “The players have trained really well this week and they’re clearly determined to get out there and put on a performance which will hopefully deliver the right result for us against Rangers.
“We need the supporters right behind us for what is another big game – as they all are at this level – but we also know we have to give them something to cheer about.”
Match Odds with Bet Victor
Stoke win: 10/11
QPR win: 7/2
Last League Meeting
QPR 1, Stoke City 0 – Premier League – Sunday 6th May 2012
Scorers: QPR – Cisse
Referee: M Atkinson
Assistants: A Garratt; P Kirkup
Fourth Official: M Jones
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Premier League – Weekend Fixtures
Kick-offs 3pm unless stated
Saturday 10th November
Arsenal v Fulham
Everton v Sunderland
Reading v Norwich
Southampton v Swansea
Stoke v QPR
Wigan v West Brom
Aston Villa v Man Utd (5.30pm)
Sunday 11th November
Man City v Tottenham (1.30pm)
Newcastle v West Ham
Chelsea v Liverpool (4pm)
Next QPR Fixture
Southampton (H) – Barclays Premier League – Saturday 17th November, kick-off 3pm