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• West Ham United return to Barclays Premier League action as they entertain Queens Park Rangers at the Boleyn Ground. The Hammers are bidding to bounce back from successive defeats on the road, succumbing to a 3-0 loss at Sunderland, before exiting the FA Cup in a 1-0 reverse against Manchester United.

• The Hammers, however, will be glad of a return to the Boleyn Ground, where they have gleaned 18 of their 26 points this season. Aston Villa, Fulham, Southampton, Chelsea and Norwich have all left east London empty handed this term.

• The last meeting of the sides at the Boleyn Ground was on Saturday 6 November 2004, when West Ham United earned a 2-1 win thanks to goals either side of half-time from Marlon Harewood. West Ham are bidding to complete their first league double of the season, having run out 2-1 winners at Loftus Road back in October.

• The two clubs have met just seven times in the Premier League, with West Ham winning twice and QPR on three occasions. However, the Hammers have won two of the most recent three top-flight meetings.

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

• QPR head to the Boleyn Ground in fine form, with a creditable two wins and two draws from their last four clashes in all competitions. After stunning west London neighbours Chelsea with a 1-0 win away win, they held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw at Loftus Road, before needing a replay at the Hawthorns to dump West Bromwich Albion out of the FA Cup.

• That said, the Hoops remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League, having racked up just 14 points to date. Harry Redknapp's men remain five points adrift of safety, with just two league wins this season.

Last time out

Wednesday 16 January 2013
FA Cup with Budweiser third-round replay
Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Spence, Tomkins, Reid, Diarra, Potts, O'Neil, Diame (Collison 65), Taylor, Vaz Te (Lee 78), Cole (Nolan 65).
Subs not used: Spiegel, Demel, Jarvis, Lletget

Tuesday 15 January 2013
FA Cup with Budweiser third-round replay
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers: Green, Ferdinand, Hill, Onuoha, Ben-Haim, Derry, Park Ji-Sung, Faurlin, Cisse (Wright-Phillips 46), Mackie (Taarabt 90), Bothroyd (M'bia 80)
Subs not used:
Goals: Bothroyd 75

Previous meeting

• West Ham United's last encounter with Queens Park Rangers saw the Hammers depart Loftus Road with all three points, their first away win of their Barclays Premier League campaign.

• Sam Allardyce's men stormed into a third-minute lead courtesy of Matt Jarvis' header, before Ricardo Vaz Te doubled the visitors' advantage with ten minutes of the first half still to play. The Hoops rallied after the interval and halved the deficit when Adel Taarabt rifled home from 25 yards, but their challenge was effectively ended with the dismissal of substitute Samba Diakite for two bookable offences.

The teams that day were:

Queens Park Rangers: Julio Cesar; Hill, Onuoha (Hoilett 84), Nelsen, Park Ji-sung (Diakite 55), Wright-Phillips (Taarabt 56), Granero, Faurlin, M'Bia, Cisse, Zamora

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; Reid (Tomkins 23), O'Brien (McCartney 35), Collins, Demel, Nolan, Jarvis, Noble, Diame, Cole (Carroll 72), Vaz Te


• West Ham United have faced Queens Park Rangers in 58 official matches and they enjoy a slender lead in terms of victories having won 21 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)

1st October 2012 - QPR 1-2 West Ham United                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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

Overall record v Queens Park Rangers (all competitions) W 21 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)


• Saturday's referee is Howard Webb.

• Webb was the man in the middle for West Ham's goalless draw at home to Manchester City, while he also officiated the 2012 npower Championship Play-Off final at Wembley, where the Hammers beat Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley to secure promotion.

• He took charge of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final between Spain and Holland in South Africa.

• Webb began officiating in Yorkshire in 1989. He took charge of his first Barclays Premier League match as a referee in October 2003 and has since been the man-in-the-middle for a host of high-profile fixtures.

• Webb also refereed the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2006 FA Trophy final and 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, as well as taking charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in 2006. The former police officer was referee for the 2007 Carling Cup final and was selected as England's representative at Euro 2008, taking charge of the first match of the tournament between Austria and Poland and the Group D fixture between Greece and eventual champions Spain.

Team news

West Ham United

• Big Sam is expected to make a number of changes from the side that lined up in an adventurous 3-5-2 formation at Old Trafford. Matt Jarvis, Guy Demel, Joe Cole, Kevin Nolan, and Jack Collison are each vying for places, having been left out of the starting XI for Wednesday's FA Cup defeat.

• Joey O'Brien returns to the squad having recovered from a hamstring injury, while Mark Noble is also available for selection following a successful fitness test.

• January recruits Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista are both eligible to make their home debuts, with the Moroccan having featured as a second-half substitute at Sunderland a week ago. Paulista, however, is unlikely to be invovled, despite receiving international clearance.

• Goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has returned from a loan spell Ipswich Town, but picked up an ankle injury in training with the Tractor Boys and will not be available on Saturday. 

• Modibo Maiga will definitely be missing after he travelled away to Mali for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.

• Andy Carroll is edging ever closer to a return, while defensive duo George McCartney and James Collins are now the club's only long-term absentees.

Queens Park Rangers

• QPR will hope to welcome winger Junior Hoilett back from a hamstring injury.

• Defensive midfielder Esteban Granero (hamstring), left-back Armand Traore (knee), right-back Jose Bosingwa (back) and strikers Bobby Zamora (hip) and Andrew Johnson (knee) are all definitely out injury.

• New signing Loic Remy is avaiable for selection after completing his £8million move from Marseille.

Old boys

• Anton Ferdinand and Robert Green could both face their former club if selected, while Bobby Zamora remains sidelined with a hip injury. 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. Green, meanwhile, played 241 games for the Hammers, including the Play-Off final win against Blackpool in May, before departing for QPR after his contract at the Boleyn Ground ran out.

General Information

• Tickets are sold out for Saturday's fixture. For all other ticket information, the box office can be accessed here.

• It's set to be a bitterly cold afternoon, with sleet or snow highly likely and the temperature struggling to creep above zero.