QPR v Preston

19 November 2010 01:17
Queens Park Rangers are without the suspended Shaun Derry and Bradley Orr, but Matt Connolly is available again after serving a ban and is set to play.On-loan defender Kyle Walker is carrying an ankle injury and will be assessed along with Heidar Helguson, who has been nursing a neck strain.

Preston will include loan signings Ritchie De Laet, Danny Pugh and Michael Tonge at Loftus Road.

Callum Davidson picked up a knock against Hull and faces a fitness test.



MATCH PREVIEW Bottom club Preston strengthened their squad with three midweek loan signings and are hoping to cause a surprise against a Queens Park Rangers side that are second in the table and remain the only unbeaten team in the Football League.

North End have won only one of their last eight matches and have gone 14 games without keeping a clean sheet. They have the worst defensive record in the Championship, having conceded 35 goals this season, while QPR have the best record.

Despite their gung-ho style of the play, largely centred around the unpredictable Adel Taarabt, Rangers have let in only seven goals and have kept an unrivalled 11 clean sheets. That is testament to the performances of midfield enforcer Shaun Derry, who is suspended for this match.

Derry's absence could pave the way for a return to action and a 400th career appearance for club captain Martin Rowlands, who has been out with long-term knee injury. Gavin Mahon, also back in contention after a knee problem, and Mikele Leigertwood - a transfer target for Preston - are in the reckoning as well.



MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

• Preston have won nine and QPR eight of the 30 previous league matches between these clubs.

Have your say on this match • They have met 43 times in all competitions, with each club scoring a total of 33 goals.

• Preston have won only one of their last eight matches against the R's.

Queens Park Rangers

• QPR have been involved in four 0-0 draws this season - more than any other Championship side.

• They have scored three or more goals in six of their 17 Championship games - a feat matched only by Burnley.

• Patrick Agyemang could face his former club.

Preston

• Preston have conceded three or more goals in six of their 17 Championship games.

• Darren Ferguson's side have the worst disciplinary record in the division, having picked up three red and 37 yellow cards.

• They have squandered an unequalled 16 Championship points from winning positions this season.

Source: BBC_Sport