Saturday, August 25, 2012
TV: Highlights BBC ONE Match Of The Day
Norwich (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Ruddy, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Tierney, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Pilkington, Snodgrass, Holt.
Out: Elliott Bennett (knee), Steven Whittaker (ankle), Jacob
Butterfield (knee, David Fox (knee) and Elliott Ward (ankle).
QPR (Possible, 4-3-3): Green, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Fabio, Park, Diakite, Taarabt, Mackie, Hoilett, Cissé.
Out: Joey Barton (suspended)
Tests: Armand Traoré (ankle), Fraulin (match fitness), Ricardo Carvalho (match fitness).
Both teams have strengthened their squads this the week, with several debutants likely to appear at some point during the game.
Jose Bosingwa could make his QPR debut after arriving on a free transfer the day before the start of the season. Ryan Nelsen and Shaun Derry could bolster the defence and midfield, and Andy Johnson could be considered up front.
Carrow Road pitches together two sides smarting from dreadful starts to their season. Chris Hughton, whose side were hammered 5-0 at Fulham, could draft new recruits Sébastien Bassong and Javier Garrido into his defence. The Norwich manager signed Bassong from Tottenham and has loaned the Spanish left-back from Lazio. Mark Hughes, whose side were beaten by an identical scoreline at home to Swansea last weekend, will consider picking right-back Jose Boswinga barely a week after the Portuguese right-back's arrival from Chelsea. Hughes said his players responded exceptionally well to their humilation. QPR fans will soon discover the truth in that.
QPR have picked up just 20 points in 20 Premier League games in 2012 while the Canaries only kept three clean sheets in 19 Premier League home games last season.
There have been red cards in four of the last seven league matches between QPR and Norwich, all for Rangers players.
QPR had Joey Barton sent off at against Norwich the last time the two sides met and this started a run of seven red cards in 19 Premier League games for the Rs.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches (last season): 34, Red cards: 6 Yellow cards: 92
Stat of the game: Rangers have gone 16 Premier League games away from home without a clean sheet and shipped 39 goals in that run, including nine in the last two.
Prediction: Norwich 1 QPR 1, Robert Dineen.