QPR v Crystal Palace

14 September 2009 12:43
Coca Cola Championship Venue: Loftus Road Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2009 Kick-off: 2000 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio TEAM NEWS QPR defender Fitz Hall will not play against his former club because of a groin problem, and Angelo Balanta is still nursing an ankle injury. Captain Martin Rowlands could return to the starting line-up following his own recent absence with an ankle injury. Palace centre-back Paddy McCarthy is available after serving a ban and is expected to go straight back into boss Neil Warnock's starting line-up. Freddie Sears picked up a knock against Scunthorpe and faces a fitness test. MATCH PREVIEW QPR manager Jim Magilton has predicted that this game will be his side's toughest of the season so far because Palace will be smarting from a debacle at home to Scunthorpe. 606: DEBATE Have your say on this match Palace boss Neil Warnock described the Eagles' 4-0 defeat on Saturday as the most embarrassing result of his long career and plans to make changes for the game at Loftus Road. Magilton has his own problems. His club's big spending in the transfer market has not brought the results to match and Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Peterborough was another disappointment. On-loan Wigan midfielder Ben Watson, one of Rangers' latest signings, made his debut in that game and is now set to face his former club along with fellow ex-Palace players Mikele Leigertwood, Wayne Routledge and Gary Borrowdale. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • QPR have won only one of their 12 matches against Palace since beating them 6-0 on the final day of the 1998/99 season. • The last two games between these clubs have ended in goalless draws. Queens Park Rangers • QPR are unbeaten in four matches but are still waiting for their first league win at home under manager Jim Magilton. • All of their three home league games so far have been draws. The club has not drawn four successive home matches in a single season for 18 years. • Rangers are unbeaten in nine at home - they have won three and drawn six since a defeat against Norwich on 3 March. • No QPR player has scored more than one league goal this season. • Rangers were the most successful club in London derbies in the Championship last season, claiming six points out of 12 (W1, D3). Crystal Palace • Palace are one of four Championship clubs to have managed just one league goal away from home • They have not won in four league and cup matches (D1, L3). • The Eagles have not scored in the first half of a Championship game this season. MOST RECENT MEETING QPR 0-0 Crystal Palace (4 April 2009)

Source: BBC_Sport