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Apr 19, 2014 at 12.15pm UK at King Power Stadium
LeicesterLeicester City
QPRQueens Park Rangers
Nugent (68')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Preview: Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between leaders Leicester and Queens Park Rangers at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City could be crowned champions this Saturday if they beat Queens Park Rangers at the King Power Stadium and other results go their way on Easter weekend.

The Foxes would need Burnley to fail to beat Blackpool on Good Friday to have a chance of clinching the Championship title, but even if it doesn't occur this weekend, it appears to be a mere formality that they will end the campaign top of the pile.

They lead the Clarets by seven points with four games remaining, and breaking the 100-point mark is a real possibility as they currently sit just 10 points behind it with 12 still up for grabs.

However, their form has stuttered a little in recent weeks, with their 21-match unbeaten streak coming to an emphatic end when they were beaten 4-1 by Brighton & Hove Albion in their last home outing.

A total of 10 points from the last 21 available is by no means the worst record in the league, but after a season of such dominance it will annoy Nigel Pearson that his side are rather limping over the line.

No matter how they finish the campaign, however, it will go down as a successful one, and the manner with which they have been promoted from the Championship will give them confidence going into what will surely be a tough first season back in the Premier League.

They will be hoping that the King Power Stadium will remain a fortress in the top flight as it has been central to their success this season. They have amassed more points than any other side in front of their own fans, with the defeat to Brighton just their second home loss of the campaign.

Andy King and Anthony Knockaert could both come in for what may well be a title-winning party for the hosts, but Sean St Ledger is still sidelined through injury.

Promotion and the Championship title was very much the aim for QPR going into this season too, but things have not quite gone to plan for Harry Redknapp's side.

Despite a bulging wage bill, the Hoops will have to settle for a place in the playoffs this season, with 10 points separating them from second-placed Burnley.

Their place in the top six is not yet mathematically guaranteed, but with nine points between them and the chasing pack it would take an unlikely set of results for them to miss out on the playoffs now.

Still, it would have come as a relief that they returned to winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Nottingham Forest last weekend, although three late goals made that result look a lot more comfortable than it was in reality.

That brought an end to a three-match winless streak that has seen them drop below Derby County and into fourth place, and there is more worrying news for Redknapp when it comes to away form. His side have won just two of their last eight games on the road, losing the other six.

QPR's injury woes are subsiding slightly, with Charlie Austin returning just in time for the playoffs, but the likes of Alejandro Faurlin and Matthew Phillips are still out while Joey Barton, Aaron Hughes and Nedum Onuoha are doubts.

Recent form

Leicester: DWDWLD


Possible starting lineups

Leicester: Schmeichel; De Laet, Wasilewski, Morgan, Schlupp; Knockaert, King, Drinkwater, Mahrez; Vardy, Nugent

QPR: Green; Simpson, Dunne, Onuoha, Assou-Ekotto; Henry, Carroll; Hoilett, Morrison, Benayoun; Austin

Sports Mole says: 2-0


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QPR manager Harry Redknapp on the touchline during his team's match against Burnley on October 26, 2013
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