The London side are five points behind Poyet’s Black Cats in the Premier League table and also have the unenviable record of having lost all 11 of their away games during this season.
Now, manager Poyet has conceded that the game, which is being billed as a relegation six-pointer, is a big clash and his side must replicate the efforts they put into their last game against Burnley in order to pick up another three points.
“It is a big game,” said Poyet.
“We knew that when we got to halfway in the Barclays Premier League that we had plenty of games at home against the teams in the bottom ten, and they’re games that you need to win if you want to be in a good position and start progressing.”
He also says that the pressure is firmly on the visitors as a draw will not be good enough for them, with three points absolutely vital to their survival.
The Hoops have recently lost manager Harry Redknapp after he resigned, and star striker Charlie Austin will miss the game with an injury, alongside defenders Richard Dunne and Nedum Onouha.
Despite that, Poyet believes QPR will still be dangerous because their recent staff changes and the players they have out with injuries means that it is very hard for him to predict how they will line up in their fixture.
“I have no doubt that they need to win and I don’t even think that a draw is good for them,” added Poyet.
“We will see how the game goes because they are changing the staff and the players with a few injuries which means it will be very difficult for me to see their formation, so we need to cover as much as possible and see which players can adapt on the pitch depending on the personnel.”