With the three promoted sides currently filling the Premier League drop zone, two of them meet in a vital game on Saturday as Queens Park Rangers take on Leicester City.
The hosts were quite comfortable for much of their last outing at Newcastle United, only to concede a late winner in what was a cagey affair. Manager Harry Redknapp’s main criticism was a lack of creativity as his team slid back to the bottom of the table.
Fashioning chances has not been much of a problem at Loftus Road recently, however, and if they can repeat their last performance in West London against champions Manchester City, they will stand a fine chance of a third win on home turf.
It has been something of a worrying sequence for Leicester and their manager Nigel Pearson, whose future has been called into question in some quarters of late, with goals proving extremely hard to come by.
The last game against Sunderland was yet another example of that, as they were again unable to create many opportunities of note. The goalless draw did at least end a losing run which had stretched back to early October.
Back from suspension, Rio Ferdinand is likely to replace Richard Dunne, who now serves a ban of his own for QPR. Midfielder Sandro is likely to be out until the New Year.
Matthew Upson is still unavailable for Leicester, as is midfielder Dean Hammond, who is recovering from a foot problem.
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