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Premier League preview: QPR v Everton

1 March 2012 19:07

Everton midfielders Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell are on the verge of returning for the trip to QPR on Saturday.

David Moyes is likely to have his options in the middle of the park significantly strengthened by the duo, who both played in the reserves in a 2-2 draw with Bolton on Tuesday.

Osman played 45 minutes and scored while Rodwell completed an hour, action which could see them both involved, according to Everton's reserves boss Alan Stubbs.

"Ossie (Osman) was very good from the off and got 45 minutes under his belt which should put him in contention for Saturday," Stubbs told the club's official television station.

"He should have scored twice and I told him that at half-time, but he was our chief instigator in the first half – he was at the heart of everything. He showed some fantastic first touches and is just a very, very intelligent footballer so it is great for the manager to have him back in contention."

"Jack also played 60 minutes and that is great for him and also is another player back for the manager."

Everton will make the trip to West London in good spirits after a seven-match unbeaten run which has seen them climb into the top-half of the English Premier League table and into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

They have conceded just four goals in the seven fixtures, with home wins over Manchester City and Chelsea particularly pleasing for Moyes.

The Everton boss will also have the luxury of using a fresh Tim Cahill after an international break, with the midfielder staying on Merseyside instead of travelling to Australia for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

In stark contrast to Everton, QPR are on a terrible run of form that has seen them win just two of their last 17 matches.

They have slipped to 17th on the table and new manager Mark Hughes is already under pressure after spending big in the January transfer window.

French forward Djibril Cisse - who was one of his new signings - is still sidelined through suspension, while the likes of Alejandro Faurlin (knee) and Keiron Dyer (ankle) are long-term absentees.

Forwards DJ Campbell (hamstring) and Heidar Helguson (groin) will come back into contention for QPR, while AC Milan loanee Taye Taiwo will return from a calf problem after featuring for Nigeria against Rwanda on Wednesday.

QPR notched their first win back in the Premier League at Everton earlier in the season as Tommy Smith's strike gave them a 1-0 victory.

But even though they are at home, they will face a very different Everton side who will head into the match as big favourites.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
3 March 2012
Game week
27
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Loftus Road Stadium (London)
Attendance
18033

Goals

0 - 1
31' R. Drenthe
 (assist by S. Pienaar)
B. Zamora 36'
(assist by A. Buzsaky) 
1 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
6
10
18
21
24
34
# Player Bookings
21
7
23
1
6
19
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