Swansea unsure what to expect from big-spending QPR
Preparations have been made difficult due to number of new arrivals at opponents
Friday 08 February 2013
Swansea defender Ashley Williams admits the number of new faces at QPR has made it difficult to prepare for Saturday's Barclays Premier League meeting between the sides.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp made no secret of his desire to strengthen the Rs squad during the January transfer window and Tal Ben Haim, Loic Remy, Yun Suk-young, Christopher Samba, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas all arrived at Loftus Road.
Remy is set to miss the Liberty Stadium meeting with a groin problem, but even without the France striker it will be a very different QPR side from that thumped 5-0 by the Swans on the opening day of the season.
And with Redknapp's men desperate to improve their perilous position six points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, Williams knows they will pose a test.
"With a new manager and a team made up of a lot of new players, you don't really know what's going to happen. That's a fact," said the Wales captain.
"We went out and won that game against them on the opening day and that gave us a lot of confidence.
"But that was such a strange day and a lot has happened since then.
"Having said that, we feel like we can win most games these days, especially at home.
"We lost last Saturday at West Ham so we want to get back on track this week."
Swansea are sitting pretty in eighth place in the Premier League table, and have a first major final to look forward to later this month when they face Bradford in the Capital One Cup.
However, even though the Swans are closing in on the 40-point mark and have a Wembley showpiece to look forward to, Williams has vowed there can be no easing up.
He said: "We're in a cup final, we're doing really well and we didn't think that would happen back in August.
"That's football and it's credit to everyone who has worked hard this season.
"But we need results from these next two games against QPR and Liverpool, then we get confidence going into the cup final.
"We want to continue performing well to keep our good form going.
"It's not just about the cup final, we've got points to play for."
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