Both of these teams have been used to relegation scraps over the course of the last few years, but the bookies seem to think that it’s only going to be the home side who are going to experience similar difficulties this time around. Harry Redknapp’s Hoops currently find themselves bottom of the table following the opening two games, while Sunderland have collected a steady two points which means that they approach the game in 11th.
He might not like to admit it, but Harry Redknapp is unquestionably one of the biggest “wheeler and dealer’s” that the top flight has ever had the delight of hosting. With that, it came as no surprise to see a barrage of new faces head into Loftus Road during the summer, with many brought into sure up their indifferent defence. At the moment, it looks as though the Hoops are in the midst of a gelling period though, having lost both of their opening games. They were defeated in slender 1-0 style by Hull on the opening day, while that loss was followed by a 4-0 mauling by Redknapp’s former club Tottenham. With that, there are suspicions that a relegation battle could be on the cards – especially after they were also knocked out of the League Cup by Burton during the week.
Sunderland were another busy team in the summer, with Gus Poyet desperate to avoid the “miracles” that kept the Black Cats up by the skin of their teeth last season. Having faced the likes of West Brom and Manchester United they were given a somewhat difficult start, meaning that their return of two points will have pleased supporters immensely. When you also take into account their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Birmingham in the League Cup, it’s clear that massive improvements have been made at the Stadium of Light and fans must hold plenty of optimism for the remainder of the season.
Something that will hinder QPR’s fight against the drop considerably is the loss of Alejandro Faurlin for most of the season, after he was hit by yet another anterior cruciate ligament injury. There is better news for Harry Redknapp in his forward line, with Charlie Austin in contention after recovering from a hamstring strain. It’s a much different story for the visitors meanwhile, with Sunderland having absolutely no fresh concerns and boasting a fully fit squad. There will be changes amongst the Black Cats’ starting eleven though, with Poyet resting numerous mean for the club’s win against Birmingham several days ago.
As for a prediction, we get the feeling that this clash could end in a draw. Sunderland have looked solid throughout, but with their opponents holding the home advantage our tip is going to be a 1-1 scoreline at Loftus Road this weekend.