QPR v West Brom: Match Preview


QPR v West Brom; Loftus Road; Barclays Premier League; Saturday 3 December 2011, 15:00

Team news:

QPR are waiting on the fitness of Shaun Wright Phillips after the winger left last week's game against Norwich on crutches - but it has been confirmed he did not break his foot.

Radnek Cerny, Rangers' third choice 'keeper is set to start with Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy both still struggling with injuries, and Joey Barton will return to the QPR midfield after serving his one-match suspension.

Kieron Dyer and DJ Campbell are also ruled out for Neil Warnock's side as long-term casualties.

West Brom will be without Zoltan Gera who has been ruled out for the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tottenham last weekend.

Shane Long is doubtful for the Baggies but will try to shake off a groin injury in order to feature.

WBA and QPR: Battle for top-half status

West Brom travel to Loftus Road to face QPR in a game where a win for either side could propel them into the top half of the Barclays Premier League table.

QPR will look to eradicate defensive errors after conceding ten goals in their last four league games.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock has made it clear he needs to see an improvement from his centre backs [Anton Ferdinand and Danny Gabbidon] as his side have conceded the third most goals in the Barclays Premier League.

Warnock claims Ferdinand has not played to his fulll potential since the win over Chelsea, which was marred by the John Terry race row: "He has not been himself. I have had words with him and Gabbidon as I think both of them have dropped their standards in the last two or three games.

"I think if they were at the top of their game, we would have beaten Man City and Norwich and had a few more points on board."

Praising the players under question the QPR boss said: "I hope they get back into the swing because they've had a good season so far and they're both good players.

"But they have to work hard to stay at that level and I hope that a good week's training will see the benefit of that against West Brom."

Meanwhile, at the other end, QPR are said to be interested in signing West Brom's unsettled striker Peter Odemwingie in January.

Just one point seperates the two sides going into Saturday's game.

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