QPR v Sheff Utd

03 April 2011 12:27
Adel Taarabt, who missed QPR's win at Doncaster for personal reasons, is set to return to the starting line-up.Hogan Ephraim is expected to drop to the Rangers bench.

Sheffield United are without the suspended Lee Williamson, but forward Darius Henderson is available again after serving a ban.

Defender Neill Collins is back in contention after recovering from the knock that forced him to miss the Blades' game against Leeds.

MATCH PREVIEW Leaders QPR have lost only one of their last 14 league matches. Another win would take boss Neil Warnock a step closer to his goal of another crack at Premier League management - and send his former club a step closer to League One.

Still smarting from Sheffield United's controversial relegation under him in 2007, lifelong Blades fan Warnock is desperate to work in the top flight again before his retirement.

He is on course to do so, thanks partly to another former United man, goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, who has conceded only 23 league goals this season and kept an unrivalled 21 clean sheets. On Monday the Republic of Ireland international is set to make his 450th league appearance.

While Rangers close in on the title, United are in the bottom three, have lost 11 of their 17 Championship games since Christmas, and have suffered five consecutive away defeats. But they have won two of their last three games.

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

• This is the 50th match between these clubs. QPR have won 16 of the previous 49, and Sheffield United 14.

• The last three league matches between them at Loftus Road have ended in draws.

Queens Park Rangers

• A win for QPR would be the club's 1,400th in the Football League.

• Rangers have won an unrivalled 21 Championship games this season, and are unbeaten in eight at home.

• A goal for Tommy Smith would be the 100th of his career, while Heidar Helguson is two goals away from his 100th in the league.

Sheffield United

• United are without a win in 10 away matches.

• They have conceded the opening goal in 24 Championship games this season - more than any other team.

• The Blades have picked up 10 red cards so far this term.

Source: BBC_Sport