Hughes ready for 'huge game'

QPR boss admits his side have to take three points off Potters

Mark Hughes: Looking to guide Queens Park Rangers to Premier League safety

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Mark Hughes is fully aware of how important Queens Park Rangers' home date with Stoke on Sunday has become, as they battle to beat the drop.

Only goal difference is keeping Rangers out of the relegation zone with just two games of the Premier League season to come.

Given that their final fixture of the 2011/12 campaign takes them to Manchester City, who could be looking to land the title, it is imperative that Hughes' men take something from a meeting with Stoke.

Defender Anton Ferdinand has already suggested that the game will be the biggest in the career of those involved, and Hughes concedes that the pressure has been turned up at Loftus Road.

"It is a huge game and we understand totally the significance of it," the Welshman said.

"Given our position and the position of the teams in and around us - and the points accrued at this point - then obviously we need to get maximum points.

Weapons

"It is not going to be easy. Stoke are a very accomplished Premier League side and Tony Pulis has done a great job there.

"It is going to be difficult because they put you under pressure and they've got good weapons.

"We'll have to be able to combat that but, in fairness, if we play as well as we have in our home games against the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Swansea then we'll be fine.

"That said, we certainly can't replicate what we did against Chelsea [last weekend when they suffered a 6-1 defeat].

"With the intensity of our game and the determination that we show in our home games with the fantastic support that we have, then we have a real chance of getting maximum points, which we obviously desperately need."

QPR will be boosted by the return of Adel Taarabt from suspension on Sunday, while Samba Diakite will be given as long as possible to shake off a virus.

Options

"Adel comes back into the picture," Hughes said.

"His form, certainly at home, has been very good. He has been scoring goals again, which is important.

"We have the option of Adel again and apart from Samba, most of the guys are available.

"Samba has had a virus which has knocked him for six.

"Obviously he was very fatigued so we've been quite easy with him, tried to build him up and hopefully he will be an option at the weekend.

"At the moment he is just doing light training so we're not sure if he is going to be available, but apart from him everybody else who was available last week is available."

What will be the outcome in the match QPR vs Stoke?

  • QPR
  • Draw
  • Stoke