Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers
Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, March 14 – 12:45 GMT (08:45 ET)
Match Odds: Crystal Palace 7/10 – Draw 13/5 – QPR 4/1
Palace lost their last game away at Southampton in the midweek matches just under a fortnight ago but they return to Selhurst Park for this one and have had a long time to prepare for the visit of QPR.
The Hoops took part in the only Premier League game last weekend but suffered a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham at Loftus Road and lost to Arsenal by the same scoreline three days earlier.Embed from Getty Images
QPR come into the game stuck in 18th place and are three points from safety with just ten games left this season and need to start picking up points quickly if they are to retain their Premier League status next year.
A short trip to Crystal Palace is a game they will see as a winnable one and their recent record against the Eagles should give QPR fans confidence as the R’s have not lost to Palace in their last seven meetings in all competitions.
Palace last beat QPR in 2007 but Alan Pardew has turned the club around since arriving in January and the Eagles have only lost three of their last ten in the league.
The reverse fixture at the end of December saw the sides play out a goalless draw and QPR have lost seven of their last nine league games since.
Things aren’t looking good for Rangers and they can’t afford to lose another game with teams around them at the bottom only getting further away.
Palace have numerous absentees for the game on Saturday as Jordan Mutch (thigh), Jerome Thomas (muscular), Jonathan Williams (groin), Fraizer Campbell (hamstring) and Lee Chung-Yong (leg) all miss out through injury while Mile Jedinak is ruled out through suspension. Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh (both hamstring) could return while Glenn Murray will return after serving his suspension.
QPR will be without several players of their own as Alejandro Faurlin (knee), Richard Dunne (knee), Leroy Fer (knee) and Adel Taarabt (groin) will all miss the game through injury. Joey Barton remains out as he serves the final game of his three-match ban though Darnell Furlong could return after missing the loss to Spurs with a calf injury.
Crystal Palace’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/W/L
QPR’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/L/L/L
Key Stat: QPR have lost 13 of their last 14 Premier League games and have scored just nine goals on the road this season.
Key Player: Glenn Murray – The Crystal Palace forward has three in his last two for the Eagles but was sent off after netting twice in the 3-1 win at West Ham two weeks ago. He returns for this one and will look to pick up where he left off.
Crystal Palace 2-1 QPR – The Hoops are in real trouble at the bottom of the table but have not beaten any of their London rivals this season and that doesn’t look like changing on Saturday, despite their good recent record against Palace. The Eagles are safe and are playing well so this should see them earn another three points as they look to confirm their safety.