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Posted Thu 27 Nov 14

Match Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Leicester City

Read a full match preview on the Barclays Premier League game between Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City at Loftus Road on Saturday 29 November.
The Foxes will be in good spirits ahead of this weekend’s trip to Loftus Road after putting to an end a four-game losing streak after a 0-0 draw with Sunderland at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

A number of fine saves from Kasper Schmeichel and Costel Pantilimon meant both sides shared the spoils, with Matty James twice denied by the Black Cats’ No.1.

City can draw from their recent form against the Rs having done the double over them last season. A goal from Jamie Vardy saw off a then table-topping QPR 1-0 away from home in December 2013 in a game which sparked a record-breaking run of nine straight Championship victories.

Zoumana Bakayogo (knee) and Dean Hammond (calf) remain Leicester’s only injured players as both Ben Hamer and Matthew Upson played a part in the Development Squad’s 2-0 win over Benfica on Monday.
Queens Park Rangers currently sit bottom of the Premier League after registering eight points out of their first 12 fixtures in the 2014/15 campaign.

Harry Redknapp’s side suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Newcastle United last time out, but have enjoyed their last two games at Loftus Road, beating Aston Villa 2-0 before drawing 2-2 with current Premier League champions Manchester City.

The London club lead the way on head-to-heads against City, with 25 wins in all competitions to Leicester’s 22, while the two sides have drawn on 10 occasions.

Adel Taarabt (groin/pelvis) and Alejandro Faurlin (knee) are both out of Saturday’s clash while Sandro is set to be on the side lines until the New Year with a knee problem he sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.
After the 0-0 draw with Sunderland, Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson told Foxes Player: “Statistically over the season you’ve got to keep enough of them (clean sheets), it’s as simple as that.

“Results of late have been similar. Okay in the Southampton game we didn’t create much, but in other games we’ve made opportunities and not taken them. What we’ve not been able to do is keep our opponents out at the other end.

“It’s about combining the two and we’re always working towards that. But I think again we looked dangerous, we created some good chances and their ‘keeper made some good saves. We move onto the next game.

“The result is not what we wanted, but as I said before I’m relatively satisfied with how the players went about trying to win the game. If we do that more regularly, we’ll win more games than we have done.”
QPR manager Harry Redknapp told after the defeat to Newcastle: “I’m disappointed because I could see the game drifting to a 0-0 draw.

“I couldn’t really see Newcastle scoring, but that’s how it goes. We just didn’t have enough to break them down – we didn’t create enough chances. The boys worked very hard again and I felt when Niko Kranjcar came on, we got hold of the ball a bit better.

“But I thought we were having a good spell in the game when they scored. We were taking control of the game, and they were getting frustrated.

“When they scored, it didn’t leave us a lot of time to get back into things.”
Head to head record (all competitions):

City: 22
Draws: 10
QPR: 25

Last three meetings:

Leicester City 1-0 QPR
Saturday 19 April 2014
Goal: Nugent 68

QPR 0-1 Leicester City
Saturday 21 December 2013
Goal: Vardy 41

QPR 1-0 Leicester City
Saturday 5 March 2011
Goal: Miller 88
Charlie Austin signed from Burnley last summer after scoring 41 goals in two seasons for the Clarets and has made himself a key member of Redknapp’s outfit.

Austin finished top-scorer for the Club in the 2013/14 season, netting 19 times and in turn playing a major part in their promotion to the Premier League.

He scored twice in QPR’s Championship semi-final second leg win over Wigan Athletic, which included an extra-time winner that set up a play-off final tie against Derby County – a game his side won 1-0 thanks to a late strike from Bobby Zamora.

With the former Swindon Town man already finding the back of the net on six occasions in the league so far this season, City will again need to show solidarity at the back on Saturday when they face the forward.