Victory over West Bromwich Albion at Loftus Road would see Queens Park Rangers move out of the bottom three and join the Midlands side on 17 points.
QPR have made a habit of winning important games at home since returning to the Premier League, with fellow promoted sides Leicester City and Burnley both seen off in recent weeks, and they will be confident again here, particularly with Charlie Austin back from a ban.
But the away form continues to drag them down, and Monday again saw the R’s emerge with nothing despite an occasionally enterprising performance. Austin was a big miss, but Joey Barton and Leroy Fer lost the midfield battle.
It was looking set to be a frustrating afternoon for Albion last time out against the 10 men of Aston Villa, but Craig Gardner delivered the crucial goal to defeat his former club and ease the pressure on Head Coach Alan Irvine, who must have been mightily relieved.
Scoring goals still remains an issue, with record signing Brown Ideye yet to open his account since arriving in the summer, while Saido Berahino finds himself out of the team, which is raising question after question about his long-term future at the Hawthorns.
Sandro is still missing for QPR along with Alejandro Faurlin and Adel Taarabt. Austin’s return could see Matt Phillips drop to the bench.
Georgios Samaras has been ruled out for West Brom, and Jonas Olsson joins him on the sidelines. Victor Anichebe will be assessed ahead of kick-off.
See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on QPR