Premier League: Aston Villa vs QPR match preview

A look ahead to Tuesday's Premier League fixture at Villa Park

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With two games in just four days, Tim Sherwood’s men will be feeling the pinch of the relegation battle more than most. Aston Villa will be without eight first team players for the match against QPR, more absentees than any other side in the league.

It was the away side that ran out on top in the reverse fixture in October. A Charlie Austin double was the difference then and his smart header against West Brom on Saturday should fill him with confidence going into Tuesday’s game.

A big win for Rangers could see them move clear of the bottom three and go above Villa in the table; but both sides will feel they have what it takes to secure all three points.

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7:45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

QPR 2 (Austin 17, 69) Aston Villa 0, Premier League, October 2014

Aston Villa 3 (Agbonlahor 45, Weimann 59, Benteke 81) QPR 2 (Jenas 23, Townsend 73), Premier League, March 2013

QPR 1 (Mackie 18) Aston Villa 1 (Holman 8), Premier League, December 2012

STATS…

No Premier League side has been shown more red cards than Aston Villa this season (6, level with Hull City).

QPR haven’t won two games in a row since they beat Wigan 1-0 at home in March 2014

Gabriel Agbonlahor is the Premier League's sixth most fouled player, having won 54 fouls this season.

Adel Taarabt has the biggest loss ratio of any player with more than one appearance in the Premier League, having lost 85.71% of the games he has played.

ODDS…

Aston Villa to win: 2.15

QPR to win: 3.8

Draw: 3.4

TV: Not being broadcast.

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