QPR v Crystal Palace

11 March 2011 01:44
Queens Park Rangers are without central defender Dan Shittu, who is suspended after being sent off during the midweek defeat against Millwall.Fitz Hall is still struggling with a hamstring problem and remains a doubt. [LNB]Crystal Palace include new signing Kemy Agustien in their squad after signing the midfielder on loan from Swansea City for the remainder of the season. [LNB]Alex Marrow, who has missed the last six games with an ankle problem, could be among the substitutes. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Queens Park Rangers will look to bounce back from their defeat at Millwall - and put the threat of a points deduction to one side - when they take on manager Neil Warnock's former club Crystal Palace. [LNB]And having done Rangers a favour by beating promotion-chasing Cardiff in midweek, Palace will be aiming to spring an even bigger surprise against the team that are seven points clear at the top of the Championship and boast the division's best home record, not to mention the country's best defensive record. [LNB]Palace, on the other hand, have the worst away record in the second tier. Their climb out of the bottom three has been based on their excellent home form under boss Dougie Freedman, which continued with that triumph against Cardiff. [LNB]On the road, Freedman's side have suffered three consecutive defeats, not won in 12 matches, and have taken only one point in 2011. So they may have their work cut out against the R's, whose loss at Millwall was their first defeat in 12 league games. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• QPR have won 37 and Palace 30 of the 96 previous matches between these clubs. [LNB]• Rangers are unbeaten in their last five games against the Eagles. [LNB]Queens Park Rangers[LNB]• QPR are unbeaten in seven home matches. [LNB]• A goal for the R's would be the club's 900th at home in the second tier. [LNB]• This season they have conceded fewer league goals (22) and kept more clean sheets (20) than any other team. [LNB]• A goal for Tommy Smith would be the 100th of his career. [LNB]• Akos Buzsaky is in line for his 100th appearance for Rangers. [LNB]• Shaun Derry, Clint Hill and Wayne Routledge are set to face their former club. [LNB]Crystal Palace[LNB]• A defeat for Palace would be the club's 900th away loss in league football. [LNB]• The Eagles have picked up 72 cards this season (four red, 68 yellow). Only Leeds exceed that. [LNB]• Palace have lost all three of their London derbies so far this term.

Source: BBC_Sport