QPR match preview

Barclays Premier League
Monday 1 October 2012

KICK-OFF: 8.00pm
REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg




• West Ham United travel to Loftus Road on Monday to face London rivals Queens Park Rangers for the first time in just under eight years.

• A Championship encounter at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 6 November 2004 was the last time the two sides met. West Ham United came away with a 2-1 win that day thanks to goals either side of half time from Marlon Harewood.

• The last time the sides met at tonight's venue, Loftus Road, QPR took all three points as a solitary goal from Matthew Rose extended the Hoops' winning streak to seven. The last Premier League meeting between the two sides also ended in a QPR win on 27 April 1996.

• It has been over 17 years since the two sides shared the points, when on 3 May 1995 the game ended in a goalless draw.

• The Hammers have played just two Barclays Premier League games away from home so far this season and are still searching for their first win. Their first trip away from home ended in a 3-0 defeat at Swansea City but last time out they secured a hard-fought point at Carrow Road against Norwich City in a goalless game.

• Sam Allardyce is set to ring the changes after Tuesday night's Capital One Cup home defeat to Wigan Athletic. There were a total of nine changes to the Hammers side that had drawn 1-1 with Sunderland last Saturday for that game, so it is expected that a large number of the Sunderland starting XI will be recalled. Kevin Nolan, Momo Diame, Winston Reid and Jussi Jaaskelainen are among those set to return.

• Two former West Ham United players could start tonight for QPR. Kieron Dyer could be called into the starting XI in place of the injured Jose Bosingwa, with Bobby Zamora set to lead the line after scoring for the Hoops against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Former Hammer Anton Ferdinand is set to miss the match with a hamstring injury, while Julio Cesar is expected to start in goal ahead of Robert Green.

• QPR are yet to win a Barclays Premier League game this season, they were beaten 5-0 on the opening day by Swansea City, but responded with a 1-1 draw against Norwich City and a 3-0 win over Walsall in the Capital One Cup. A 3-1 defeat at Manchester City followed and despite an impressive 0-0 draw with Chelsea, they returned to losing ways last weekend by falling to Tottenham Hotspur 2-1.

• West Ham United's clash with QPR is the only Barclays Premier League fixture taking place on Monday.

Last time out

Tuesday 25 September 2012
Capital One Cup
West Ham United 4-1 Wigan Athletic
West Ham United: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Spence, Potts, Jarvis, Noble (Taylor 72), O'Neil (Tombides 84), Maiga, Vaz Te (Fanimo 62), Hall.
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Driver, McCallum.
Goals: Maiga 7.

Wednesday 26 September 2012
Capital One Cup
Queens Park Rangers 2-3 Reading
Queens Park Rangers: Julio Cesar, Hill, Onuoha, Park Ji-Sung, Granero, Dyer (Nelsen 65), Faurlin (Diakite 87), M'bia, Cisse, Mackie, Hoilett.
Subs not used: Green, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Ehmer, Zamora.
Goals: Hoilett 14, Cisse 71.

Previous meetings

• West Ham United's last encounter with Queens Park Rangers ended in a 2-1 win in 2004. Harewood scored both of the Hammers' goals and the club went onto clinch promotion to the Barclays Premier League via the Play-Offs that same season.

• Harewood opened the scoring from the spot after Luke Chadwick was brought down in the box by Danny Shittu and the Hammers had numerous other penalty shouts waved away before the Hoops levelled after 72 minutes through Kevin McLeod. Shortly after, Zamora was introduced and he would play a pivotal role in Harewood's winning goal by taking a host of defenders out of the equation with a neat step-over, allowing Harwood to power home with six minutes remaining.

• The teams that day were:

West Ham United: Bywater, Mullins, Powell, Repka, Davenport, Fletcher, Lomas, Chadwick (Zamora 75), Etherington, Hutchison (A Ferdinand 88), Harewood

Queens Park Rangers: Day, Rose, Simek (Padula 87), Santos, Shittu, Bircham, Cook (McLeod 62), Gallen, Thorpe (Ainsworth 29), Furlong, Cureton


• West Ham United have faced Queens Park Rangers in 57 official matches and they enjoy a slender lead in terms of victories having won 20 to the Hoops' 19. 18 have ended in a draw.

• West Ham United's biggest win over QPR came on 7 October 1950, Eric Parsons scored a brace and Bill Robinson and Terry Woodgate also got on the scoresheet in a 4-1 League Division Two win. The Hammers have, however, won by a bigger margin in the First Southern Division, winning 4-0 in 1902.

• Queens Park Rangers' biggest win in the fixture came on 31 January 1978 in an FA Cup meeting when they beat the Hammers 6-1 in a fourth round replay. Bryan "Pop" Robson scored the Hammers' only goal of the game.

Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

6 November 2004 - West Ham United 2-1 QPR (Championship)
16 October 2004 - QPR 1-0 West Ham United (Championship)
27 April 1996 - QPR 3-0 West Ham United
25 November 1995 - West Ham United 1-0 QPR
3 May 1995 - West Ham United 0-0 QPR
28 January 1995 - QPR 1-0 West Ham United (FA Cup)

Overall record v Queens Park Rangers (all competitions) W 20 D 18 L 19

Ten-year record

West Ham United
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)
2003/04 Division One 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Division One)

Queens Park Rangers
2011/12 Premier League 17th (37 points)
2010/11 Championship 1st (88 - promoted to Premier League)
2009/10 Championship 13th (57 points)
2008/09 Championship 11th ( 61 points)
2007/08 Championship 14th (58 points)
2006/07 Championship 18th (53 points)
2005/06 Championship 21st (50 points)
2004/05 Championship 11th (62 points)
2003/04 Division Two 2nd (83 points)
2002/03 Division Two 4th (83 points)


• Tonight's referee is Mark Clattenburg.

• His last West Ham United game was the stunning 4-0 win against Manchester United in the League Cup back in November 2010.

• The 37-year-old was the man in the middle for the Championship Play-Off semi-final first leg in May 2004 when Ipswich Town won 1-0 against the visiting West Ham.

Clattenburg has already refereed a number of notable matches in 2012, including the Football League Cup final in February 2012 and the 2012 Olympics men's tournament final in August 2012.

• Clattenburg has been on the Select List since 2004, the same year he took charge of the Division Three play-off final between Mansfield Town and Huddersfield Town at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

• After becoming a FIFA official in 2006 at the age of 31, Clattenburg has taken control of a number of international and UEFA Champions League matches.

Team news

• Sam Allardyce is likely to make up to nine changes to his starting XI from the Wigan Athletic match as the team reverts back to its more familiar Premier League line-up. That means the likes of Jaaskelainen, Guy Demel, Joey O'Brien, James Collins, Reid, Nolan, Diame, Matt Taylor, and Carlton Cole could all come back in to start.

• Maiga could be pushing for his first start in the Premier League after scoring his second goal in as many starts against Wigan. Fellow forward Andy Carroll is expected to miss the game as he continues his recovery from a hamstring strain.

• Yossi Benayoun could make his first start for West Ham United after missing out on a place for the Capital One Cup tie against Wigan Athletic after being granted leave by the club to mark the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

 Jack Collison will not play after missing the start of the season as he continues to manage his long-term knee issues.

• QPR manager Mark Hughes has a number of defensive worries ahead of the game, with up to four of his defenders missing. Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa and Fabio all have hamstring problems, while Armand Traore has a leg injury.

• There is better news in midfield though, with Adel Taarabt set to return after recent hamstring strain

Old boys

• Anton Ferdinand, Bobby Zamora, Robert Green and Kieron Dyer could all face their former club tonight if selected. Ferdinand made 138 appearances in claret and blue before leaving to join Sunderland in 2008. Zamora also departed in 2008 to go to Fulham after spending four years at the Boleyn Ground, scoring 30 goals. Dyer also spent four years at the club before moving to QPR in July 2011. Green played 241 games for the Hammers, including the Play-Off final win against Blackpool in May, before departing for QPR after his contract at West Ham ran out. 

General Information

• Tickets for tonight's game are sold out.

• The weather forecast for the game is misty with maximum temperature of 13C.

Queens Park Rangers will be producing a special 3D matchday programme for the game, which costs just £3.

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