Premier League: QPR vs Stoke match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Loftus Road

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The Independent Online

Heavy summer investment has yet to pay dividends for Queens Park Rangers as they host Stoke with just three points gained from their first four fixtures.

Harry Redknapp will be hoping for deadline day signings Sandro and Nico Kranjcar to provide some impetus, while the returning Eduardo Vargas will be aiming to take on scoring responsibility, following Loic Remy’s departure to Chelsea.

Stoke’s elation after their victory at Manchester City was tempered by a home defeat to newly-promoted Leicester, but they are rapidly evolving under Mark Hughes.

While their once revered home form is slipping, their away record is improving, with only one loss in seven games. Bojan’s arrival from Barcelona has excited Potters fans, while Mame Biram Diouf and Victor Moses have added a new dimension to Stoke’s game.

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KICK OFF… Saturday, 12.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

QPR 0 Stoke 2 (Crouch, Walters), Premier League, April 2013

Stoke 1 (Adam) QPR 0, Premier League, November 2012

QPR 1 (Cisse) Stoke 0, Premier League, May 2012

STATS…

QPR have won 16 out of 32 fixtures against Stoke.

QPR have the worst goal difference (-8) in the Premier League.

Stoke have conceded just two goals this season in all competitions.

ODDS…

QPR to win: 2.70

Stoke to win: 2.80

Draw: 2.90

TV…

Live on BT Sport 1 at 12.45pm and highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm

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