If QPR are to somehow save themselves from relegation, the visit of a Stoke side suffering a similar crisis of confidence surely represents something of a last chance for Harry Redknapp’s men.
The arrival of the former Tottenham manager to take charge at Loftus Road has failed to have a galvanising effect on a squad of players that have had a miserable season. Currently sitting seven points off safety with just five games to play, Redknapp still believes four victories, starting with the clash against the Potters, can keep the Rs up. However, it remains to be seen whether a side that have only won four matches all season long can somehow manage that feat.
Target-man Bobby Zamora is still missing through suspension so Loic Remy will start in his place up-front while Shaun Wright-Phillips is out after undergoing ankle surgery. A doubt remains over full-back Armand Traore but aside from that, Redknapp has a full selection of players to choose from.
Stoke meanwhile are bottom of the Premier League form table at the moment and travel to London in serious danger of slipping out of the division that they have graced since the 2008-09 season.
It has been a quite remarkable slide for Tony Pulis’ men, who were eyeing up a European place at the end of 2012 only for a run of only one victory in 14 league encounters to leave them only four points and two positions above the drop zone.
Recent defeats at home to West Ham, Aston Villa and Manchester United appear to have sucked the belief out of the Potters’ support and considering their perennially poor away form, it is difficult to see how even a trip to struggling QPR will be able to yield anything.
The under-fire Pulis could be without key winger Matthew Etherington again due to an ongoing back problem while Marc Wilson is also a doubt as he nurses back and hamstring knocks.
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