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Loftus Road Stadium (ATT 17,959) 21st October 2012 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: J Moss

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Everton Everton

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J Cesar (og 33)
S Pienaar (S/O 61)

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Mark Hughes: Needs a win at home to Everton on Sunday

Mark Hughes: Needs a win at home to Everton on Sunday

The pressure is building on Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes as he prepares to face Everton at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Despite spending big in the summer, QPR are without a win from their first seven Premier League games and sit bottom of the table on just two points.

Owner Tony Fernandes reiterated his support for the struggling manager during the international break but it seems clear Hughes needs a result in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the weekend.

Unfortunately for the former Everton player, the Toffees have made an uncharacteristically strong start to the campaign, winning four games and losing just once.

Everton appear to have adopted a more expansive approach this season, scoring in six of their nine games this season but keeping just one clean sheet in their last six.

"People only remember the last goal we conceded or the one before but you have to look at the whole picture and how many the opposition conceded too," defender Sylvain Distin told the Liverpool Echo this week.

Hughes will be desperately hoping Everton's opponents don't concede too many on Sunday.

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Hughes could make changes to his team as he searches for that elusive win - Junior Hoilett was on the bench at West Brom last time out, while Djibril Cisse was an unused substitute.

The international break may have eased the Hoops' left-back problems as Clint Hill is set to be available after going off at the Hawthorns and Fabio is set to return from a hamstring problem.

Andy Johnson will not get the chance to line up against his former club as he continues to recover from a long-term knee ligament injury.

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Everton manager David Moyes will be anxious that his players return from international duty unscathed but there are also injury concerns over several players who missed out on linking up with their countries.

Marouane Fellaini withdrew from the Belgium squad with a knee problem picked up at Wigan and Republic of Ireland international Darron Gibson has also been on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

If Tony Hibbert manages to shake off a calf complaint that will also give the Toffees boss further options at right-back.

Previous game's starting line-ups

3-5-2
  • Green 1 Green
  • Onuoha 15 Onuoha
  • Ferdinand 5 Ferdinand
  • Caulker 4 Caulker
  • Isla 14 Isla
  • Mutch 17 Mutch

  • Henry 20 Henry

  • Kranjcar 19 Kranjcar
  • Traore 3 Traore

  • Vargas 24 Vargas
  • Austin 9 Austin

Team taken from Queens Park Rangers vs Arsenal (Barclays Premier League) on Friday 26th December 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Howard 24 Howard

  • Coleman 23 Coleman
  • Stones 26 Stones
  • Jagielka 6 Jagielka

  • Baines 3 Baines
  • McCarthy 16 McCarthy

  • Barry 18 Barry
  • Mirallas 11 Mirallas
  • Naismith 14 Naismith
  • Barkley 20 Barkley
  • Lukaku 10 Lukaku

Team taken from Everton vs Stoke City (Barclays Premier League) on Friday 26th December 2014


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1 Chelsea 18 45
2 Manchester City 18 42
3 Manchester United 18 35
4 Southampton 18 32
5 West Ham United 18 31
6 Arsenal 18 30
7 Tottenham Hotspur 18 30
8 Swansea City 18 28
9 Liverpool 18 25
10 Newcastle United 18 23
11 Stoke City 18 22
12 Everton 18 21
13 Aston Villa 18 20
14 Sunderland 18 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 18 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 18 17
17 Hull City 18 16
18 Crystal Palace 18 15
19 Burnley 18 15
20 Leicester City 18 10

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