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Posted Fri 22 May 15

Match Preview: Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers

Read a full match preview on the Barclays Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers at King Power Stadium on Sunday 24 May, 2015. 
Leicester City conclude their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season against relegated Queens Park Rangers at King Power Stadium on Sunday. 

The Foxes secured their top-flight status last weekend following the goalless draw with Sunderland, and will now look to register a seventh win in their last nine games to cap a sensational run of form. 

Should they win, City could cement their spot in 14th position, and could finish the 2014/15 campaign as much as seven points above the drop-zone – a remarkable achievement given they were seven points from safety at the start of April. 

On the injury front for Leicester, Matty James underwent surgery on his knee on Tuesday, while Zoumana Bakayogo (knee) will also miss out. David Nugent (calf) remains a doubt for the fixture. 
Bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers had their relegation to the Championship confirmed two weeks ago following their 6-0 loss to Manchester City. 

Despite this, Chris Ramsey’s men came back from a goal down to beat Newcastle United 2-1 last time out, with goals from Matt Phillips and Leroy Fer securing the Rs their first win in seven fixtures. 

QPR beat City 3-2 in their meeting at Loftus Road back in November, with an own goal from Wes Morgan and strikes from Fer and Charlie Austin cancelling out Esteban Cambiasso and Jeffrey Schlupp’s efforts. 

Sunday’s opposition have a number of doubts for the fixture, with Robert Green (face), Bobby Zamora (hip/thigh), Mauricio Isla (knee), Mauro Zarate (knee), Armand Traore (calf/shin), Eduardo Vargas (knee) and Alejandro Faurlin (knee) all in danger of missing out. 
Speaking after the draw with Sunderland, manager Nigel Pearson told Foxes Player: “I’m pleased for all our supporters because it’s been a tough year. The owners were here again, and they don’t really look for a lot of limelight, but they’ve been very supportive, as has everybody at the Club. 

“It’s good to get over the line with our own result. We’ve one game left and we want to try to win that as well. It’s really satisfying when you consider where we were a couple of months ago. 

“To have achieved safety with a game to go has taken a phenomenal run. I don’t always like to talk about securing safety as being an achievement, but it’s certainly an achievement when you consider where we were a couple of months back. 

“I reflect on a lot of performances this year and I think we’ve been really positive all season. We’ve had our moments where things haven’t gone the way that we want, but for the most part everyone takes great credit for the way that they’ve gone about performing this year.” 
QPR head coach Chris Ramsey told after the victory over Newcastle: “It was important to finish here (Loftus Road) with a win for the fans. They’ve been absolutely fantastic all season. 

“I was very pleased with the players’ reaction to adversity. We knew we let ourselves down with our performance last weekend. 

“But I was pleased that the players showed the fans that we’re looking forward now. Next season is going to be very important for the football club. 

“In the first half, we weren’t great. We didn’t perform the way we wanted to. There was plenty of effort, we just lacked the quality. However, in the second half, we played with a little bit more flow in our game.” 
Head to head (all competitions): 

Leicester City: 22 
Draws: 10 
Queens Park Rangers: 26 

Last three meetings: 

Queens Park Rangers 3-2 Leicester City 
Barclays Premier League 
Saturday 29 November, 2014 
Goals: Morgan o.g. 37, Fer 45, Austin 73; Cambiasso 4, Schlupp 67 

Leicester City 1-0 Queens Park Rangers 
Saturday 19 April, 2014 
Goal: Nugent 68 

Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Leicester City 
Saturday 21 December, 2013 
Goal: Vardy 41 
Striker Charlie Austin signed for Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2013 from Burnley for a reported fee of £4 million. 

Since then, Austin has gone on to become the Rs’ main target man, netting an impressive 17 times in 35 appearances this campaign, including the winning strike in the 3-2 victory over City back in November. 

Such has been the forward’s form this season, Austin secured three different Player of the Year titles at QPR’s 2014/15 end-of-season awards last week. 

With a proven goalscoring record, Austin will be the man to look out for when the London outfit come to King Power Stadium on Sunday.