QPR vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Queens Park Rangers will be hoping to extend their recent run of home wins by seeing off a Crystal Palace team that now occupies a place in the bottom three and are now without a manager.

It looked extremely unlikely after a one-sided first half, but QPR came agonisingly close to earning their first away point of the season at Arsenal. The final ball was lacking in quality and as a result they came away with nothing, but they are beginning to show that Premier League survival is a realistic prospect.

Here, they will rely on Charlie Austin to fire again as he has done so many times this season, but the defence must be wary of the pace that Palace carry in attack, so they should look to take advantage of the tight Loftus Road pitch.

For the second time this season, Palace find themselves searching for a new manager after Neil Warnock lost his job on Saturday in the wake of the Boxing Day defeat to Southampton, where the defending was as poor as in any game since the club was promoted to the top-flight in 2013.

The experienced Warnock presided over just three victories in his second spell in charge of the club, where the lack of a regular goalscorer has hit them hard. Co-chairman Steve Parish will be looking for an instant response, as this is a crucial game for the Eagles.

The hosts will assess Joey Barton after he missed the Arsenal game because of a hamstring problem. Alejandro Faurlin, Sandro and Yun Suk-Young are definitely absent.

Crystal Palace should have Fraizer Campbell available despite picking up a slight knock on Boxing Day, but Marouane Chamakh remains out.

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