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Queens Park Rangers v Everton: Match Preview

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Queens Park Rangers v Everton: Match Preview (©GettyImages)
Queens Park Rangers v Everton: Match Preview (©GettyImages).

Loftus Road; Barclays Premier League; Saturday 3 March 2012, 15:00 KO

 

Team News:

QPR new boys Djbril Cisse and Samba Diakite will both miss out on Saturday's clash with Everton through suspension.

Mark Hughes's side hope to have defender Luke Young available after he missed out in last weekend's home defeat to Fulham.

Meanwhile, Everton boss David Moyes could have a few big names back for selection with Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman both taking part in reserve action earlier this week. Croatian forward Nikica Jelavic is set to feature after he recovered from a hamstring injury.

The Toffees will be without Darron Gibson though, as he sits the match out with a knee injury.

Ahead of Saturday's match QPR skipper Joey Barton has called for the club to unite and keep the West Londoners in the Premier League.

Barton, 29, was speaking to the club's official website after he visited the premiere of the 'Four year plan' film earlier this week.

"We're all fully aware of the need to keep the Club in the Premier League, but if anyone was in any doubt of what the Club has been through to get to this level will certainly know after watching the film," he said.

"The lads will go away with a fresh impetus and a determined resolution to keep us in the league. We had it before, but the film shows just how hard people at the Club worked to get where we are today."

Barton has insisted the fans remain patient with the team - who currently are on a bad run of form, winning just one of the last ten matches - stating the club is a working progress.

"This is the Premier League and I think the fans need to remain patient," he added.

"We're a Club with the right infrastructure now - we're a Club with the right infrastructure in place to be an established Premier League Club for years to come.

"It takes time - you can't do it overnight."

QPR go into the match sitting just one place above the relegation zone - joint on points with Blackburn - and with three points on the agenda the club will be looking to progress towards the middle of the table and secure their Premier League status.

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