Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City

Stoke boss Tony Pulis on the touchline during the match against Everton on March 30, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to this weekend's crucial Premier League tie between Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City.

Queens Park Rangers face an upheaval task of reaching Premier League survival, while Stoke City linger just three points adrift of relegation.

As we reach the final few games of the campaign, the crunch fixtures come thick and fast, and that's no different this weekend as QPR host the Potters at Loftus Road.

While manager Harry Redknapp was brought to the club to save them from dropping down into the Championship, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the former Tottenham Hotspur boss will do the job of closing down a 10-point gap.

For Saturday's visitors, they have been unable to pick up maximum points in their last six fixtures, recording one draw and five defeats, which has put outside pressure on manager Tony Pulis.

The Potters, who have only scored twice in their last six league matches, managed to secure a slender 1-0 win over this weekend's opponents in the reverse fixture back in November.

Adel Taarabt could start for QPR, providing support to Loic Remy, while Kenwyne Jones may get the nod for Stoke over Cameron Jerome and Peter Crouch.

Recent form

Queens Park Rangers: LDLLW

Stoke City: LLLDL

Possible starting lineups

Queens Park Rangers: Cesar; Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore; Jenas, M'Bia; Hoilett, Taarabt, Townsend; Remy

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson; Shotton, Whelan, Adam, N'Zonzi, Walters; Jones

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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