In a classic relegation six-pointer, second from bottom Queens Park Rangers host third from bottom Burnley at Loftus Road on Saturday with a point separating the two sides.
Queens Park Rangers come into this match on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Swansea, their seventh consecutive away defeat so far this season, but they have reason to be optimistic over the weekend following a strong record at home in the recent weeks with seven points from a possible nine on home turf. QPR have beaten Sunderland, Aston Villa and Leicester City at home, and after the opening day of the season defeats against Hull City, they have only lost once when they went down to a late defeat against Liverpool.
Burnley meanwhile lifted themselves from the foot of the table in their last four games with two wins and two draws that saw them garner 10 points after gathering just two points from their opening 10 games. Sean Dyche’s men have performed well and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run, which briefly pulled them out of the relegation zone. It was something they managed for the first time this season after their draw against Newcastle United at Turf Moor, before Hull City replaced them with a point at Goodison Park.
Sandro, Alejandro Faurlin and Adel Taarabt continue to be sidelined with injuries and will miss Burnley’s visit.
Michael Duff and Nathaniel Chalobah will face late fitness tests while Stephen Ward who got injured against Newcastle United has joined Matt Taylor and Sam Vokes on the treatment table.
Queens Park Rangers: Green; Onuoha, Dunne, Caulker, Suk-Young; Kranjcar, Barton, Henry, Fer; Zamora, Austin
Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Ward; Boyd, Marney, Jones, Kightly; Barnes, Ings
Last five meetings
01 Feb 2014 Q.P.R. 3 – 3 Burnley Championship
26 Oct 2014 Burnley 2 – 0 Q.P.R. Championship
15 Jan 2011 Burnley 0 – 0 Q.P.R. Championship
30 Oct 2010 Q.P.R. 1 – 1 Burnley Championship
11 Apr 2009 Burnley 1 – 0 Q.P.R. Championship
- QPR have managed to keep just 2 clean sheets in 13 games while conceding the most goals in the league with 27.
- QPR have the worst goal difference in the Premier League with -13, followed by Burnley who have -12.
- QPR have let in at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 11 Premier League matches.
- QPR have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches at home.
- Burnley are undefeated in their last 9 matches against QPR in all competitions.
- Burnley haven’t lost to QPR for almost 7 years, and haven’t lost in their last 5 trips to the Loftus Road.
- Burnley have found the back of the net in seven of their last eight Premier League matches.
- Burnley have only scored in 2 away games this season, a 2-2 against Leicester and a 2-1 win against Stoke.
QPR: Charlie Austin
No other player in the QPR side has more than one goal in the Premier League apart from Charlie Austin who has seven. The Englishman is knocking on the doors of an international cap with his goal scoring heroics at club level as well his defensive contribution to his side. Good in the air, always up for a fight with the defenders, the 25-year-old has scored five goals in his last six Premier League games against the likes of Champions Manchester City and league leaders Chelsea, followed by an important winner against Leicester City. He is a natural finisher and will be on the prowl for any loose balls against a susceptible Burnley defence, although one that has tightened up considerably over the past month or so. Austin has averaged 3.6 shots per game, and regardless of whether he starts upfront with Bobby Zamora or Eduardo Vargas on Saturday; he will be the home side’s main threat.
Burnley: Danny Ings
With three goals and an assist in his last three games, Ings has been central to Burnley’s rise from the bottom of the table and his side will once again rely on him to deliver the goods against a vulnerable QPR defence. Last year’s Championship Player of the Year was touted to be one of the players who had to perform if his club were to stand a chance of surviving this season, and in their past four games, Ings has stepped up earning his side some vital points. He averages 3 shots per game along with 1.1 key passes per game whilst completing just over 74% percent of his passes. As Sam Vokes continues his return to full fitness, the Clarets will have to rely on Ings to score the goals, and it will be no different at Loftus Road
Both sides can pull themselves out of the bottom three with a precious win on Saturday. QPR have had a strong recent run at home, but fellow relegation contenders Burnley have improved drastically too and should be well worth at least a point if not more on Saturday to put further pressure on Harry Redknapp’s job.