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Who R Ya - Norwich City

Vital QPR assesses Saturday's opponents - Norwich City

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When the fixtures were announced at the start of the season, this one had a lot of potential question marks against it. Would Rangers be reaching for the playoffs under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink; would Alex Neil have the Canaries bouncing back to the top flight once more? - Both seasons have been underwhelming to the degree whereby both managers have now gone and both have been preparing for next season for quite some time - albeit in a bit more of a slapdash fashion in West London.

The two sides met in a crazy game to somewhat exemplify Rangers' bizarre consistency under Ian Holloway - his first game in charge back at Loftus Road. A red card in the opening few moments ultimately sent the pendulum in the Rs direction. QPR backing up that slender 2-1 win with six successive defeats - nothing out of the ordinary here.

The Canaries have former Labour heavyweight Ed Balls at the helm and have appointed perennial caretaker Alan Irvine as 'interim manager' while other arguable potential suitors come and go in the managerial merry-go-round. If Rangers' consistency is somewhat erratic the Canaries managed to follow up a 3-0 away defeat at Huddersfield Town with a 7-1 at home to Reading - all before losing 1-3 at home to Fulham. A microcosm there of their season to date.

Rangers record at Carrow Road is pretty lousy, Devon White and Martin Rowlands not withstanding. The pair scored in Rangers wins in East Anglia - but that's two wins in 16 most recent visits - hardly a happy hunting ground for Rangers. With little to nothing to play for, for both teams, this is not one to be piling money on it either direction however.

FACTS & FIGURES

Founded: 1902

Nickname: The Canaries

Ground: Carrow Road - 27244

Manager: Alan Irvine (Interim)

HONOURS & RECORDS

HONOURS

Second Tier

Football League Second Division - Winners: 1971-72, 1985-86
Football League Division One - Winners: 2003-04
Football League Championship - Runners Up: 2010-11
Football League Championship - Playoff Winners: 2014-15
Football League Division One - Playoff Runners Up: 2001-02

Third Tier:

Football League Third Division - Winners: 1933-34
Football League One - Winners: 2009-10
Football League Third Division - Runners Up: 1959-60

Cup

League Cup - Winners: 1962, 1985
League Cup - Runners Up: 1973, 1975

RECORDS

Record Attendance: 43984 v Leicester City (FA Cup, March 1963)

Record victory: 10-2 v Coventry City (Division Three South, 1930)

Record defeat 2-10 v Swindon Town (Southern League, 1908)

Record Buy: Steven Naismith - £9,100,000 from Everton (January 2016)

Record Sale: Robbie Brady - £13,000,000 to Burnley (January 2017)

Record Appearances: Ron Ashman - 592 (1947-1964)

Record Goals: Johnny Gavin - 122 (1948 - 1955)

THIS SEASON - STATS

GOALS: Cameron Jerome - 16, Nelson Oliveira - 12, Jacob Murphy - 10, Steven Naismith - 7.

YELLOWS: Alex Tettey - 12, Cameron Jerome - 8, Graham Dorrans - 8, Ivo Pinto - 8.

REDS: Johnny Howson - 1, Nelson Oliveira - 1, Steven Naismith - 1, Ivo Pinto - 1.

SQUAD LIST

1 - John Ruddy
2 - Steven Whittaker
3 - Mitchell Dijks
4 - Graham Dorrans
5 - Russell Martin
6 - Sébastien Bassong
7 - Steven Naismith
8 - Jonny Howson
9 - Nélson Oliveira
10 - Cameron Jerome
11 - Matt Jarvis
13 - Paul Jones
14 - Wes Hoolahan
15 - Timm Klose
17 - Yanic Wildschut
18 - Youssouf Mulumbu
19 - Kyle Lafferty
21 - Alex Pritchard
22 - Jacob Murphy
24 - Ryan Bennett
25 - Ivo Pinto
26 - Michael Turner
27 - Alexander Tettey
28 - James Maddison
30 - Carlton Morris
31 - Josh Murphy
33 - Michael McGovern
34 - Louis Thompson
35 - Ben Godfrey

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Writer:Boxer
Date:Sunday May 7 2017
Time: 9:30AM

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