West Ham vs QPR: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to Sunday’s Premier League fixture at the Boleyn Ground

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The Independent Online

West Ham will fancy their chances against newly-promoted strugglers QPR in a clash between two of the Premier League’s most experienced managers. Sam Allardyce’s team have struggled for consistency so far in this campaign, home defeats to Tottenham and Southampton taking the gloss of their glorious 3-1 victory over Liverpool. At least with signings such as Enner Valencia and Mauro Zárate, and a series of high scoring games, his side have gone some way towards escaping the ‘long ball’ tag that has loomed large over Allardyce’s teams in the past.

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Harry Redknapp’s QPR side have won just once this season, and a combination of lacklustre defending and wasted chances has left his side in 18th place in the league.

With matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in upcoming weeks, Redknapp’s side badly needs a result here to avoid another relegation scrap. Redknapp will be hoping that Nico Kranjcar can continue his good form, after signing the Croatian playmaker for the third time in his career on transfer deadline day. KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4.15pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Ham 1 (Cole, Remy) QPR 1 (Remy), Premier League, January 2013

QPR 1 (Taraabt) West Ham 2 (Jarvis, Vaz Te), Premier League, October 2012

West Ham 2 (Harewood 2) QPR 1 (McLeod), Championship, November 2004

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STATS…

QPR have conceded 13 league goals this season, the second-most in the Premier League.

They have also scored the joint-second fewest goals, with four, two of them from Charlie Austin.

Summer signing Diafra Sakho is West Ham’s leading league goalscorer, with three in three starts.

QPR have not won at Upton Park for more than 21 years - their last away victory against the Hammers came in August 1993.

 

ODDS…

West Ham to win: 1.91

QPR to win: 4.0

Draw: 3.5

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1, 4.15 pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.

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