With both of these clubs gaining promotion to the Premier League just one game ago, it was no surprise that both sides were expected to struggle. While QPR have matched those predictions and are battling down amongst the bottom places ahead of this clash, Swansea have fared incredibly well as Brendan Rodgers’ side approach this game sat in a comfortable 14th position.
With goal difference being the only issue keeping QPR out of the bottom three, it would be fair to say that the R’s are in a precarious position. However, Mark Hughes’ men at least have the opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the drop zone with victory in this clash and recent form is certainly on their side. Despite playing against the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United through recent weeks, the Loftus Road outfit have still managed to collect six points from those three games. Moreover, their home form ahead of this clash is very encouraging, with the club winning their last two games at Loftus Road.
Swansea on the other hand are in a much more secure position, with Brendan Rodgers’ men well clear of relegation as eleven points keep them above the drop zone. With so little of the campaign remaining, Rodgers is surely preparing for a second successive campaign in the top flight. However, while he is doing this, he will want his side to improve their recent form. Swansea approach this game having lost their last three games, which is certainly surprising considering the fact they had won three games prior to that. Still, with the club winning two of their last three outings away from home, the Swans may carry some confidence as they make the trip over to London.
It’s missed news for the home side ahead of this game, with Mark Hughes firstly poised to welcome back Bobby Zamora after he missed the Hoops’ last game through a virus. However, Hughes will not be able to rely on Shaun Derry or Djibril Cisse, with the duo still out through suspension. There’s little to report for the visitors on the other hand, although Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham could return after being rested in the Swans’ last outing. Brendan Rodgers will still be without Kemy Agustien though, with the midfielder on the treatment table for the foreseeable future.
Recent results should suggest that QPR are favourites for this clash, with the Hoops in much better form than opponents Swansea who have lost their last three games. However, Swansea haven’t really made a habit of going on long losing streaks this term and at this stage in the season, we don’t expect it to start now. Bearing this in mind, we think the Swans will bounce back from their recent losses and record a narrow 2-1 victory over Mark Hughes’ side.