Preview - QPR


In brief

West Ham United play their final game before the October international break on Sunday when they host London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

The Hammers will want to register a second successive home victory, following the 3-1 win over Liverpool on 20 September.

That three-point haul saw Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano hit the back of the net to cap a dominant display from the Hammers.

Although they could not back it up at Manchester United last week, there were still many positives to take from the 2-1 defeat and Sam Allardyce will be targeting a third win of the campaign.

QPR, meanwhile, have lost all three of their away games to date, suffering 4-0 defeats at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, before going down 2-1 at Southampton last weekend.

Their sole success came at Loftus Road against Sunderland, and they have four points from six starts, leaving them in 18th position..

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Who are they?

Formed in 1882, Queens Park Rangers' early football was joined the Football League in 1920, three years after settling at Loftus Road.

Their honours include winning the League Cup in 1967, being runners-up in the top flight in 1975/76 and reaching the FA Cup final in 1982, when they lost to Tottenham Hotspur after a replay.

They won promotion back to the top flight via the play-offs last season, with former Hammer Bobby Zamora netting a dramatic late winner against Derby County.

Team news

West Ham United

Sam Allardyce still expects to be without Mark Noble, Joey O'Brien and Cheikhou Kouyate as they continue to come back from injury.

However, Matt Jarvis and Kevin Nolan have both resumed training and hope to be involved for the London derby, but Guy Demel will be assessed late on after suffering an injury in training.


Sandro has been cleared to play after suffering a heavy blow to the head in last weekend's defeat at Southampton.

Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch have been nursing hamstring injuries and face fitness tests.


Sunday's referee will be Anthony Taylor. Taylor is in his fifth season on the Select Group of referees appointed to control Barclays Premier League fixtures.

The Greater Manchester-born official started refereeing in the Northern Premier League in 2002 before being appointed to the Football League list at the start of the 2006/07 season, refereeing his first match between Wrexham and Peterborough United in League Two on 12 August 2006.

Taylor's first Premier League appointment was the 3 February 2010 encounter between Fulham and former West Ham United manager Avram Grant's Portsmouth, with the Cottagers winning 1-0. In July of the same year, he travelled to Japan and refereed three J.League fixtures as part of referee exchange programmes signed between the English FA and Japanese FA

Taylor took charge of West Ham versus Liverpool fixtures in each of the previous two seasons - a 0-0 draw at Anfield on 7 April 2013 and Liverpool's 2-1 victory here on 6 April 2014.
In all, he has controlled five West Ham matches during his career.

The 35-year-old took charge of Queens Park Rangers' 4-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on 24 August this year - one of eight QPR fixtures he has refereed previously.

He was appointed to the FIFA List of referees in 2013 and has also taken charge of UEFA European U21 Championship, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifiers.

Taylor will be assisted by Gary Beswick and David Bryan, while the fourth official will be Andre Marriner.

One to watch

West Ham United

Aaron Cresswell has enjoyed a fine start to life in a Hammers shirt, taking the step up from Championship football in his stride.

The 24-year-old left back was a summer signing from Ipswich Town and has played every minute of the Hammers' Barclays Premier League campaign to date.

He will look to get up and down the touchline to assist with the home side's attacks, while also keeping his eye on a first clean sheet of the campaign.




Queens Park Rangers

Rangers striker Charlie Austin will need to be shackled on Sunday if the Hammers are to be successful.

The former Swindon and Burnley man joined QPR in summer 2013 and notched 17 league goals to help his new club to promotion.

After scoring spectacularly against Southampton last weekend, his confidence will be high as he heads into this fixture.


Standard tickets for this fixture have now SOLD OUT. However, a limited number of re-listed Season Ticket Holder seats may be available online through the Ticket Trader.


No planned closures will affect the eastern ends of the District or Hammersmith & City lines on Sunday. Click here for the latest transport news from Transport for London.

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A dry day with sunny spells is expected on Sunday, with a temperature of 16C (61F) at kick-off.


A group of QPR supporters will today make the long 14.5 mile walk from Loftus Road to the Boleyn Ground in aid of the QPR Tiger Cubs, a football team for children and young people with Downs Syndrome.

Run in partnership with the Downs Syndrome Association, the Tiger Cubs project aims to create a multi-tier learning environment that will improve the participants' overall physical, social and emotional health. The Trust now runs three sessions for children and one adult's team.

To sponsor the walkers visit

Last meeting

West Ham United 1-1 Queens Park Rangers
Premier League
Saturday 19 January 2013

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Demel, Noble, Jarvis, Nolan (Vaz Te 89), Diame, J.Cole, Chamakh (C.Cole 62)
Subs: Spiegel, Potts, Collison, Taylor, Diarra

Goal: J.Cole 68

QPR: Cesar, Hill, Onuoha, Nelsen, Fabio, Mbia, Derry, Taarabt (Park 82), Wright-Phillips (Traore 59), Mackie (Bothroyd 67), Remy
Subs: Green, Ferdinand, Hoilett, Faurlin

Goal: Remy 14