QPR welcome West Ham United to W12 on Monday night looking for their first Premier League win of the campaign.
Both sides suffered midweek Capital One Cup defeats and will be looking to bounce back at the first attempt, in what should be a cracking London derby in front of the live Sky Sports cameras.
Despite their cup exit, the newly-promoted Hammers – who will be wearing black armbands in remembrance of former player John Bond – have made a solid start to their first season back in the big time and will no doubt make the short trip across the capital in confident mood.
Adel Taarabt could return from a hamstring complaint for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s men and Ale Faurlin (dead leg) should be fit, but Rangers will be without four first-team defenders on Monday evening.
Former Hammer Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa and Fabio da Silva are all out with hamstring injuries, while Armand Traore (leg) is also unavailable. Striker Andy Johnson is out with a long-term knee injury.
For West Ham, midfielders Gary O’Neil and Yossi Benayoun could feature.
O’Neil has recovered from a knee injury and Benayoun could make his first start since moving back to the Boleyn Ground on loan.
Allardyce is likely to make wholesale changes from the starting XI that were beaten 4-1 by Wigan Athletic in the League Cup, though Modibo Maiga could keep his place after scoring on his second consecutive start.
On-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll (hamstring) is unlikely to play and Jack Collison (knee) is unavailable.
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The Numbers Game
*1895 - The year West Ham United were formed
*22 - The squad number worn by former Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen
*6 - The number of permanent signings made by the Hammers this summer
*£4,700,000 - The fee West Ham paid Sochaux for striker Mobido Maiga in mid-July
*108 - The number of England caps the late, great Bobby Moore won for England
*£18million - The record transfer fee received for Rio Ferdinand from Leeds United in November 2000
Match Odds with Bet Victor
QPR win: 23/20
West Ham United win: 17/10
QPR defender, Ryan Nelsen: “It’s another London derby and we’re all really looking forward to it.
“Both the management and players are giving everything – we just need that first league win to get that monkey off our backs.
“Monday night can’t come quick enough.”
West Ham assistant manager, Neil McDonald: "Losing their last game at home to Reading will have hurt and they (QPR) will come out against us all guns blazing.
"We need to be ready for the first 15-20 minutes. I went to watch their two previous games and they started both very well.
"We need to ensure we are solid and organised then push our game onto them as the game develops."
Coca-Cola Championship: West Ham United 2, QPR 1 – November 6th 2004
Scorers: West Ham – Harewood (2); QPR – McLeod
Referee - M Clattenburg
Assistant - G Beswick
Assistant - D England
4th Official - N Swarbrick
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