Confirmed: Sunderland v QPR lineups: Ferdinand returns

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Sunderland host QPR in a midweek Premier League kick-off.

Sunderland are aiming to put distance between themselves and the battle for survival by beating troubled QPR.

The Black Cats currently occupy 14th position, four points clear of the relegation zone. A loss could see them dragged back into the mix.

Gus Poyet's side are unbeaten in their last two Premier League games, beating Burnley and drawing with Swansea.

They have struggled at home however, winning only two games at the Stadium of Light in the division all season.

The good news is they face QPR, the team with the worst away record in the Premier League.

The Hoops have not picked up a single point on their travels, losing all 11 of their away games and scoring only six times.

Hope comes via a potential change of approach from temporary management of Chris Ramsey, after Harry Redknapp quit the role just last week.

Rangers are without top scorer Charlie Austin who is dealing with a foot injury.

Sunderland lineup

Starting:

  • Costel Pantilimon
  • John O'Shea
  • Anthony Réveillere
  • Patrick van Aanholt
  • Santiago Vergini
  • Liam Bridcutt
  • Adam Johnson
  • Jordi Gómez
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Jermain Defoe
  • Connor Wickham

Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Wes Brown, Sebastián Coates, Liam Agnew, Ricardo Álvarez, Danny Graham, Steven Fletcher.

QPR lineup

Starting:

  • Robert Green
  • Steven Caulker
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Mauricio Isla
  • Yun Suk-Young
  • Joey Barton
  • Leroy Fer
  • Karl Henry
  • Niko Kranjcar
  • Matthew Phillips
  • Bobby Zamora

Substitutes: Alex McCarthy, Clint Hill, Armand Traore, Michael Doughty, Adel Taarabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Mauro Zárate.

Sunderland injury news

Lee Cattermole out - Knee

Emanuele Giaccherini questionable - Ankle

William Buckley questionable - Knee

QPR injury news

Alejandro Faurlin out - Knee

Richard Dunne out - Knee

Nedum Onuoha out - Thigh

Charlie Austin out - Foot

Sandro out - Knee

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