Harry Redknapp is under a bit of pressure after some poor performances prior to the international break from QPR. They take on a Liverpool side looking to gather some momentum after a stuttering start to the season.
To be played on Sunday 19th October 2014 at 13:30. Venue: Loftus Road Stadium, London.
Odds: Queens Park Rangers 11/2, Draw 10/3, Liverpool 8/13
Last season: N/A
Preview & injury news
Truth be told, both sides really could do with the win. QPR boss Harry Redknapp is under all sorts of pressure with Tim Sherwood and Tony Pulis being linked with his job at Loftus Road whilst Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be keen for his side to take some momentum into the midweek clash with Real Madrid.
QPR are currently bottom of the table after taking just the four points from their opening seven games, and there have been some pretty poor performances of late, notably against Manchester United and West Ham so far this season, but they have tested their opponents on their own patch so far this season. Liverpool have not had the best of starts either but they're not in too bad a position in the league. Given they have faced three of their most difficult fixtures in their opening seven, they sit just one point off fourth spot, and three points off third. With several new signings settling in, there is still scope for them to have a good, solid season, but now they will feel they have a winnable run of fixtures, and three points is a must on Sunday.
On the injury front, there is a chance that midfielder Joey Barton could return to the home side's squad after a hamstring injury whilst Alejandro Faurlin is still sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury.
For Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers welcomes back three players in the form of forward Daniel Sturridge, and midfield duo Emre Can and Joe Allen. Dejan Lovren picked up an abdominal injury on international duty but it is unclear whether he will miss out on Sunday, along with fellow defender Mamadou Sakho who has had a thigh injury. Jon Flanagan remains Liverpool's only lengthy absentee with a knee injury ruling him out until December. What will be interesting is what Rodgers does with Raheem Sterling, after claims of tiredness this week were revealed on international duty by England manager Roy Hodgson.
|Possession Percentage||Total scoring attempts per game||Accurate Passing %||Error Lead To Shot||% Tackles won||Played|
|Queens Park Rangers||43.00||13.71||78.10||4||77.17||7|
If the statistics are anything to go by, it's fair to assume that Liverpool will have the Lions' share of the play given their average possession statistics, and accurate passing percentages. But compare that to their scoring attempts, on average they don't do much more with the ball than their opponents for the weekend. Both sides have made their fair share of errors, and will want to improve on their tackling statistics.
5 players to watch
Rio Ferdinand - Defensively QPR have been pretty poor at the start of the season, and the former Manchester United defender would love nothing more than to get one over on Liverpool this weekend. However, he needs to make sure the back four is organised, and not all over the place like it was against West Ham.
Daniel Sturridge - It seems that Brendan Rodgers has been counting down the days for Sturridge's return to the side and the time has finally come. The Reds have lacked cutting edge in the final third in his absence, and it seems that other players thrive off his movement and energy. It will be interesting to see the difference in Liverpool's play on Sunday.
Sandro - Sandro was a big signing for Harry Redknapp and the Brazilian needs to show why his manager spent the money to bring him to Loftus Road. He is going to be busy up against a technically sound midfield with lots of energy and movement. A big performance is needed.
Martin Skrtel - Skrtel is the only certain starter at the back on Sunday for Liverpool with question marks over the fitness of Lovren and Sakho. Liverpool's defence needs to improve having only kept the one clean sheet so far this season, and ahead of a big week for the Reds, starting off with a clean sheet would be a boost.
Charlie Austin - If Liverpool's defence is leaky, Austin will get chances. His manager has shown faith in him to deliver the goals at this level, and if a chance falls to him, he'll be desperate to take it.
Last time they met
In many was it was the end of an era at Anfield as the Reds' waved a fond farewell to Jamie Carragher, who retired after the game. He ended up second in Liverpool's list of appearance makers, and almost stole the headlines in the second half when he hit a shot from 30 yards against the woodwork. He later admitted if he had scored, he would've just walked off. Otherwise it was a fairly comfortable afternoon for the home side against the already relegated QPR, as Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring from 25 yards with a low strike after receiving the ball from debutant Jordon Ibe. There wasn't much threat at either end following that other than Carragher's strike as Liverpool brought the curtain down on the defender's career, and the end of Brendan Rodgers' first season as Liverpool manager.