The Redmen TV – Match Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs Liverpool

Loftus Road

13:30, Sunday

Match Preview:

Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool resume their Premier League schedules at Loftus Road on Sunday, following the penultimate international break 2014. The sides, separated by just 6 points, sit disappointedly in 20th and 9th respectively. The hosts, having made an immediate top-flight return via the playoffs, have collected just 4 points so far (all at home with a victory over Sunderland and a draw with Stoke City) but are without a win in their last four matches. Brendan Rodgers’ side endured a dismal September, falling to league defeats at home to Aston Villa and away to West Ham United – their last outing, yielding a home win against West Bromwich Albion, could be considered to have provided a fresh start, though, given the stuttering form of many of their rivals. This run of four fixtures will see the sides reach eleven league matches and sides will likely begin to entrench in groups in the table ahead of the intense festive period – picking up points during autumn is therefore crucial. Harry Redknapp will be aware that the bottom three are already 4 points adrift of any relegation rivals, and QPR have a daunting run of fixtures against last season’s top three and fast-starting Aston Villa. The visitors face a more encouraging run and, just 2 points off where they need to be at the least, will be seeking to earn back some of the respect afforded to them last season over the coming weeks. The fixtures provide ten tight match-ups that could see the league being thrifty with points this weekend – supporters of both Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool will recognise an opportunity to make significant gains this weekend.

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Opposition XI:

Ahead of Sunday’s match, The Redmen TV spoke with sports journalist and QPR supporter, James Hepworth – thanks to James for providing his insight:

After previously waiting fifteen years, you must be delighted to have made an immediate return to the Premier League – given your capitulation in 2012/13, were you expecting to be back so soon?

James:  “In all honesty I thought that we would be back soon. At the start of the season we went on a great unbeaten run and I thought we’d win the league. However from December onwards I thought that we would be lucky to reach the play-offs. Something which we ultimately achieved.”

What are your reflections on that dramatic Playoff Final victory against that much-fancied Derby County side?

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