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Watford vs. QPR

Vicarage Road

29/12/13

15:00

Watford v QPR - Match Preview

QPR make the short trip to Vicarage Road tomorrow afternoon, as the festive fixtures continue to mount. Harry Redknapp`s men travel to Watford having suffered consecutive defeats (Leicester & Forest) for the first time this season and it will be intriguing to see what type of game-plan they adopt.

The injury to Charlie Austin only highlights the need for more firepower in the squad. Andrew Johnson is still useful at this level but can`t stay fit, while Bobby Zamora looks like he needs more time to recover from whatever injuries he is carrying. The return of Joey Barton should inject a bit of life into QPR tomorrow, but without a goal threat, I think a draw will be a good result.

History would suggest Watford will be the favourites, with the Hornets picking up six wins from the last eight meetings with QPR at Vicarage Road. In terms of recent form, Watford's win over Millwall on Boxing Day ended a run of ten matches without a league victory, so you`d expect Watford to come out of the traps quickly.

Watford Team News:

Daniel Pudil (hamstring) and Hector Bellerin (hip) should be fit to play after injury.

Possible line up:

ALMUNIA

ANGELLA - EKSTRAND - DOYLEY - PUDIL

MURRAY - THORNE - MCGUGAN - ANYA

DEENEY - FORESTIERI


Player to watch: -

QPR Team News:

Joey Barton is back from suspension. Charlie Austin is a doubt with a hamstring problem, which could pave the way for Bobby Zamora or Andrew Johnson

Possible line up:

GREEN

SIMPSON - DUNNE - ONUOHA - ASSOU-EKOTTO

BARTON - O`NEILL

PHILLIPS - KRANJCAR - HOILETT

JOHNSON


Player to watch: -

Stat Attack

The Hornets have alternated between scoring three goals exactly and none at all in their last six league games against QPR; they failed to register in the most recent game.

QPR have lost six of their last eight league visits to Vicarage Road (W2).

Watford have gone four games without keeping a clean sheet against the R`s.

QPR have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last eight league trips to Watford.


LAST FIVE

WATFORD: DDLDW
QPR: WDWLL

HEAD 2 HEAD

WATFORD: 32
QPR: 48
Draw: 29



LAST TIME OUT

CHAMPIONSHIP - 30/04/11
VICARAGE Road

Watford 0
QPR 2 (Taarabt, Smith)

Team:
Cerny, Orr, Connolly, Hall (Shittu), Gorkss, Derry, Faurlin, Taarabt (Ramage), Routledge (Buzsaky), Smith, Helguson.

Attendance: 15,538


Ref Watch:

Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Assistants: John Flynn & Guy Stretton
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear

Neil Swarbrick is the match official for tomorrow`s game against the Hornets. This season, Swarbrick has issued 43 yellow cards and 1 red card in 14 games.

Match Prediction:



1-1 Score draw.

Next Up

Who: Doncaster
Where: Loftus Road
When: 01/01/14




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