Norwich v QPR: Preview and Team News

Norwich welcome Queens Park Rangers to Carrow road this Saturday as they go in search of the three points that will move them above their opponents in the Premier League Table.

The top two in last year’s championship have made promising starts to the 2011 campaign, however following a run of four consecutive games without a win, Norwich boss Paul Lambert will be hoping to reverse his side’s recent dip in form.

QPR are currently sitting comfortably in ninth place, two places and two points ahead of their rivals, although Norwich have managed to score more and concede fewer goals so far this season.

The Hoops have not beaten the Canaries since their Championship fixture in September 2008 which ended 1-0, while recent clashes between the two teams have produced only three goals in the last four meetings.

QPR will take heart from Norwich’s defensive frailties this season as they are still in search of their first clean sheet, however QPR have been suffering the same problems of late with both teams conceding eight goals in three games.

The previous six Premier League meetings saw 26 goals scored, with the majority coming at Carrow Road: it was 4-3 to QPR in March 1994 and 4-2 to Norwich in October of the same year.

Team News:

Canaries boss Lambert has no new injuries to worry about ahead of this weekend’s fixture and is therefore expected to field a similar line-up to that which lost 2-1 to Arsenal last Saturday.

Elliott Bennett, who was unfortunate not to play last weekend, could return and take Andrew Crofts’ place on the right of midfield and Grant Holt may again appear on the bench after Steve Morison’s impressive form up front.

Ex-Huddersfield player Anthony Pilkington will be likely to remain on the left wing after scoring an impressive four goals for the Canaries so far.

Warnock will have to do without his captain Joey Barton after the midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Stoke and it could open the door for Akos Buzsaky to take his place.

Adel Taarabt missed the 3-2 victory over the Potters after reportedly losing his passport during the international break, this weekend however he may take Armand Traore’s place on the left wing.

Traore has been struggling with an injury, while Heidar Helguson, who scored twice at Stoke, is also a doubt.

Aside from the enforced changes, Warnock is expected to largely keep faith with the starting line-up which defeated Tony Pulis’ men last Saturday.

Norwich are undefeated in their last three matches against QPR, winning two and drawing the other. However, QPR will be encouraged by the fact that Norwich have yet to keep a clean sheet this season and may just have enough in the bag to take advantage of defensive weaknesses in the Norwich rearguard.

Betfair have Norwich at 2.2 to get the home victory, while QPR are at 3.75.

Possible starting XIs
Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Johnson, Fox, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Morison.

QPR: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Hill, Wright-Phillips, Buzsaky, Faurlin, Taarabt, Mackie, Helguson.


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