After a two-week break, Queens Park Rangers resume their attempts to stay in the Premier League with a vital home encounter with out-of-form West Ham United.
With relegation rivals Burnley and Leicester City facing each other, Chris Ramsey’s men simply must take something here. Recent home form has been poor, with no wins at Loftus Road since December, and they tasted defeat in their last outing when leaders Chelsea snatched a late winner.
That setback was particularly harsh after a tenacious display which deserved a point at the very least, following two encouraging away showings that yielded a win and a draw. Bobby Zamora has found some form recently and has provided strong support to leading scorer Charlie Austin. Here he will hope to do the damage against his former club.
Not much is going the way of West Ham at present after gaining just two wins since Christmas, with the absence of Diafra Sakho severely weakening their attack. As a result, they were a blunt force at Manchester City on Sunday; never threatening to add to the champions’ recent woes.
The Hammers won the reverse fixture with ease back in October, but back then they had so many players in form. The likes of Enner Valencia and Alexandre Song were immense in the first half of the season, but are now having little effect, so a side that was in the top four over the festive period may be set for a bottom half finish, and are arguably the ideal side for QPR to face.
For QPR, forward Mauro Zarate cannot face his parent club, with Rio Ferdinand, Alejandro Faurlin and Eduardo Vargas all unavailable through injury.
Guy Demel begins a few weeks out of action for the visitors, and he misses out along with Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and James Tomkins.
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