Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City

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Queens Park Rangers are in vital need of three points against Stoke City this Sunday as relegation to the Championship looms for Mark Hughes's side.

Queens Park Rangers have a crucial fixture against Stoke City this weekend as the West London side try to fight for survival with just two games left to go.

Mark Hughes's team are currently lingering above the relegation zone, with just goal difference saving them.

Rangers are likely to line up with Adel Taarabt in midfield following the Morocco international's one-match suspension after getting sent off during QPR's 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago.

Taarabt should come into the fold in place of Akos Buzsaky, with Shaun Derry and Joey Barton alongside him in the middle of the park.

Meanwhile, Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is expected to start for Tony Pulis's side after a two-month absence, while Matthew Upson is likely to keep his place, despite Andy Wilkinson's return from a groin injury.

Current form:


Possible lineups:

QPR: Kenny; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Hill, Taiwo; Mackie, Derry, Barton, Taarabt; Cisse, Zamora

Stoke: Sorensen; Huth, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington; Jerome, Crouch

Sports Mole says: 1-1

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