Queens Park Rangers will be in search of their second successive home win when they take on a Stoke City side which has experienced frustration over the first month of the season.
The West London club will be relieved to be playing on home turf after being played off the park by a rejuvenated Manchester United on Sunday, finding themselves on the end of a 4-0 defeat for the second time already since their return to the Premier League. Here, they will be looking to provide more of an attacking threat with Charlie Austin having cut an isolated figure at Old Trafford.
Two home losses to Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Leicester City have somewhat spoilt Stoke’s start to the campaign, despite their famous win away to the champions before the international break. Wastefulness in front of the goal was the primary reason for their failure against the Foxes, but it will leave Mark Hughes desperate to take victory as he returns to Loftus Road for the first time since his sacking in November 2012.
Alejandro Faurlin is a long-term absentee for Rangers, who should have midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch back after they missed the Man Utd game.
Stoke are without Geoff Cameron and Peter Odemwingie, and they have doubts over Jonathan Walters. Marko Arnautovic will be assessed after picking up a foot injury.
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