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QPR v Norwich City: The Lowdown

PUBLISHED: 16:15 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 22 September 2018

Emi Buendia tries his luck in the midweek 2-1 Championship win at Reading Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Emi Buendia tries his luck in the midweek 2-1 Championship win at Reading Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Can Norwich City complete a nap hand at QPR’s expense? Get in the mood with videos, quotes, team news and expected formations.

NORWICH TEAM NEWS

Daniel Farke reported no fresh injury concerns from the men on duty at Reading in midweek.

Michael McGovern replaces Aston Oxborough in the travelling party, after the youngster suffered a hand injury. Louis Thompson returns to the squad, after his hamstring injury. Ben Marshall (illness) is targeting the cup game against Wycombe next week. Kenny McLean has had further scans on an ankle injury which has delayed his bid to be back in contention.

Onel Hernandez had a hernia operation in midweek and is already back in light training.

Daniel Farke is a fan of Steve McClaren's work Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesDaniel Farke is a fan of Steve McClaren's work Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Hanley is a longer term absentee with a quad injury. Ivo Pinto featured for the development squad on Friday, along with Nelson Oliveira who notched a match-winning brace, but neither are in contention for the trip to QPR. Matt Jarvis (knee) and Carlton Morris (knee) are longer term absentees.

QPR TEAM NEWS

Stoke loanee Geoff Cameron will be a late fitness call. Midfielder Josh Scowen is back in contention.

FROM THE DUGOUT

“This time last season we were on a really, really good run and then perhaps an unlucky loss in the cup at Arsenal and it killed our momentum. It is not such a lesson for me as a coach because I have worked in this business since I was 18.

“Perhaps it is more the lads themselves, especially the ones who were playing in the Championship for the first time last season. To use each and every momentum to go further on and win points.

Alex Tettey is poised to captain the side again at QPR Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdAlex Tettey is poised to captain the side again at QPR Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“To be rebellious against setbacks. Okay, if you have the feeling in a game you can’t win it towards the end, then don’t lose and take a point to keep the momentum.

“A painful experience always helps you in the future.”

Daniel Farke

“Norwich is a very, very good footballing team. They get the ball down and play, and have got some very good individual players. This is going to be a completely different game to the others.

“Birmingham were more direct, Bolton were more direct and Millwall were as well.

“When I look at the squad, and the bench we had on Wednesday night, it’s very strong. We have got experienced players there chomping at the bit to play. We said all along that it’s a squad game and on Saturday that’s definitely the case.”

Steve McClaren

Nelson Oliveira was on target in his first Norwich City appearance of the season  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNelson Oliveira was on target in his first Norwich City appearance of the season Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

QPR (4-4-1-1): Lumley, Rangel, Leistner, Lynch, Bidwell, Cousins Cameron, Luongo, Freeman, Eze, Wells.

Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Lewis, Trybull, Tettey, Vrancic, Leitner, Stiepermann, Pukki.

Christoph Zimmermann has impressed after replacing injured captain Grant Hanley 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesChristoph Zimmermann has impressed after replacing injured captain Grant Hanley Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

BY THE BOOK

QPR: 6/4

Draw: 23/10

Norwich: 9/5

(Odds provided by SkyBet)

REFEREE – DARREN BOND (LANCS)

Booked Teemu Pukki and Tom Trybull in Norwich’s stoppage time 2-1 Championship defeat at Sheffield United. Shown two red and 26 yellow cards in eight appointments.

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