|English Premier League 2014-15|
| Queens Park Rangers
||vs|| Aston Villa
ScheduleMonday, 27 October 2014 at 19:00 GMT / 19:00 UK / 00:30 IST
VenueLoftus Road (London)
Next Monday, 27th of October 2014, QPR will measure forces with Aston Villa at Loftus Road for the last match of the ninth round of the English Premier League, on a clash of paramount importance for the home side, who are currently going through a very complicated period and desperately need a win to overcome such troubled times.
The EPL newcomers, QPR, are experiencing very complicated times, as they’ve only managed to win one of their last ten official matches, something that is definitely not enough for a team that wants to keep their place among the big names of English football.
Last weekend, QPR lost at home to Liverpool after a fairly thrilling match, where they have managed to put up a very interesting performance, but succumbed on the 95’ minute after an own goal by Steven Caulker.
At the end of the match, the Hoops’ boss, Harry Redknapp, told the media that his team was the definition of naive and ended up by losing a match where they could have at least snatched a point.
QPR currently have the worst defence line of the English Premier League, with 18 goals conceded in just eight matches, and not even the experience of some of their defenders has contributed to reduce the amount of goals they concede. Together with their poor defensive effectiveness, their attacking production is also fairly mediocre as the team has only managed to scored six goals on the eight matches they have played so far this season.
For the important match against the Villans, Harry Redknapp is not yet certain if he will be able to rely on the contribution of some important footballers such as Sandro, Ferdinand, Barton and Mutch, all currently sidelined due to injury.
As for Aston Villa, after a promising season start, the Villans embarked on a fairly negative streak of four consecutive defeats, which has surely thrown the team’s motivation levels to the ground. Aston Villa’s win at Anfield Road back in September should have served to catapult the team to a fantastic moment but, in end, what happened was precisely the opposite. The heavy home defeat against Arsenal clearly damaged the team’s morale and, from that match onwards, Paul Lambert’s boys never found a way to get the necessary peace of mind to turn the bad luck around.
Despite their recent four consecutive defeats, Aston Villa enjoy from a very slight favouritism for next Monday’s match, especially if we have in mind how fragile QPR has proven to be so many times this season.
Stats: W-0 L-4 D-1
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Stats: W-1 L-4 D-0
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QPR (4-4-1-1) - McCarthy - Caulker - Ferdinand - Yun - Isla - Kranjcar - Henry - Hoilett - Fer - Vargas - Austin
Aston Villa (4-3-3) – Guzan - Hutton - Cissokho - Vlaar - Clark - Richardson - Cleverley - Westwood - Benteke- Weimann - Agbonlahor