Queens Park Rangers v Everton preview
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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.
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.
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.
- Everton have scored the most headed goals in the Premier League this season (6). QPR have conceded the joint-most headed goals in the Premier League this season (4).
- Leighton Baines has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in the top five European leagues so far this season (30).
- QPR have conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes of games than any other team this season (4).
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Green
- 15 Onuoha
- 5 Dunne
- 6 Hill
- 39 Assou-Ekotto
- 17 Barton
- 16 Jenas
- 23 Hoilett
- 4 Morrison
- 3 Traore
- 14 Doyle
Team taken from Queens Park Rangers vs Birmingham City (Sky Bet Championship) on Saturday 8th March 2014
- 1 Joel
- 23 Coleman
- 26 Stones
- 15 Distin
- 3 Baines
- 16 McCarthy
- 18 Barry
- 11 Mirallas
- 20 Barkley
- 22 Pienaar
- 17 Lukaku
Team taken from Everton vs Arsenal (The FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser) on Saturday 8th March 2014
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