Stoke City v QPR
Barclays Premier League;
The Britannia Stadium;
Sat, 19th Nov; 15:00 KO
Stoke are set to welcome back injured trio Matthew Ethrington, Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson for the game against QPR, however Mamady Sidibe remains on the sidelines.
Ricardo Fuller may return in attack for the home side after returning to full training following an Achilles injury, although the Jamaican international is likely to start from the bench.
QPR will have to do with out Adel Taarabt after the mercurial playmaker spent the week on international duty with Morocco, while Fitz Hall is a doubt and Akos Buzsaky is available for selection.
Warnock heaps praise on Stoke
QPR manager Neil Warnock admits his side could do much worse than to emulate the achievements of their opponents on Saturday, Stoke.
Tony Pulis has guided the Potters from lower league obscurity to model club for aspiring Championship sides in little over three seasons. Stoke have finished 12th, 11th and 13th since making it to the top flight of English football in 2007/08 and now Warnock believes his newly promoted QPR side must try copy the Stoke blueprint in order to become an established side themselves.
“You look at the teams in the Premier League and the ones that have established themselves have done fantastic really,” said Warnock ahead of QPR’s trip to the Britannia Stadium. “I’ve never respected anybody more than I do him [Pulis] now.
“Stoke are not only a difficult to side to play against, but they’ve got good players. It’s easy to criticise them but a lot of clubs would like to repeat what they’ve done.”
QPR’s form has stuttered of late but Warnock will still be pleased with his side’s efforts leading up to the international break, with the Hoops claiming a famous win over Chelsea before defeats against Tottenham and Manchester City left them with 11 points in 11th place.
Warnock will be without Adel Tarrabt for the game against Stoke, and with the former Tottenham player failing to reach the heights in the Premier League that he achieved last season he admitted he would be willing to sell the Moroccan for the right price.
“I would drive him over if they offered us £20million.” Warnock admitted.
"You are never going to change Adel. I don't think we have ever been hunky-dory in our relationship. It is just a different culture that some players have.”
"You have to try and fit it into the team situation. We did that quite well last year. It has not worked as well this year because we are playing at a different level.”
"We have had to adjust the system that we play so it has been very difficult to get Adel into our system at the moment." He added.