Premier League: QPR v Stoke match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Loftus Road
Friday 19 April 2013
Harry Redknapp has vowed to pursue survival until it is mathematically impossible, as his side prepare to host Stoke City at Loftus Road on Saturday. Rangers sit level on points with bottom side Reading and will see this game as an ideal opportunity to springboard into some sort of momentum, against a Stoke side who are stuck in a dogged rut.
Manager Tony Pulis has implemented a media embargo on his players, as they attempt to arrest an alarming slide down the Premier League table. The Potter’s have accrued just one point from their last seven league games, scoring twice in the process. At the turn of the year Pulis’ team were sitting pretty in eighth position, but recent results have left them hovering three points above the relegation zone.
Redknapp’s men could be relegated come Monday night, if defeat against Stoke is combined by a string of unlikely results. Sunderland, Norwich and Aston Villa, who travel to Old Trafford on Monday night, must win and Newcastle will have to avoid defeat at the Hawthorns, to see QPR relegated to the second tier after a two-year absence.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Stoke 1 (Adam) QPR 0, Premier League, November 2012
QPR 1 (Cisse) Stoke 0, Premier League, May 2012
Stoke 2 (Walters, Shawcross) QPR 3 (Helguson 2, Young), Premier League, November 2011
Stoke have won just one of their last 14 league matches.
QPR have the worst home record in the Premier League.
Stoke have only won one game away from the Britannia Stadium all season, a 1-0 win at the Hawthorns.
The Hoops have failed to score a goal in over 40 per cent of their fixtures at Loftus road, a league high.
QPR to win: 2.2
Stoke to win: 3.3
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.
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