Hoolahan and Oliveira return as Norwich make four changes for QPR clash
PUBLISHED: 14:50 02 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 06 April 2018
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Daniel Farke has shuffled his pack for this afternoon’s Easter Monday clash with Queens Park Rangers, making four changes to his starting XI and handing Wes Hoolahan a rare start.
The Canaries icon comes in for Alex Tettey as City return to a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Nelson Oliveira returning up front in place of Dennis Srbeny.
That allows James Maddison to return to his preferred central attacking midfield role, with Harrison Reed and Mario Vrancic playing in deeper roles.
The other two changes come in defence, with Timm Klose and Jamal Lewis dropping to the bench and Grant Hanley returning centrally, with James Husband starting at left-back.
Norwich are looking to bounce back from a 2-0 home defeat to high-flying Fulham on Friday which has left them with just one win from their last nine games, leaving them 14th in the table with seven games remaining.
The visitors are looking to complete a league double over the R’s, having won 2-0 at Carrow Road back in August thanks to goals from Nelson Oliveira and Harrison Reed.
QPR also make four changes, with Massimo Luongo, Ryan Manning and Ebere Eze coming into midfield in place of Jordan Cousins, Paul Smyth Pawel Wszolek, as well as Matt Smith replacing Conor Washington up front.
The hosts are a place and five points below Norwich in 15th after a 1-0 loss at Reading on Good Friday which brought an end to a four-match unbeaten run.
Ian Holloway’s team have won three and drawn one of their last five home games, including a 5-2 loss to Nottingham Forest, to continue an extremely inconsistent season.
NORWICH: Gunn; Pinto (C), Zimmermann, Hanley, Husband; Reed, Vrancic; Hoolahan, Maddison, Murphy; Oliveira Subs: McGovern (GK), Klose, Lewis, Tettey, Watkins, Edwards, Srbeny
QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Onouha (C), Lynch, Bidwell; Manning, Scowen; Eze, Freeman, Luongo; Smith. Subs: Ingram (GK), Robinson, Cousins, Wszolek, Washington, Smyth, Sylla
City team news
Grant Hanley was left out against Fulham after suffering with migraines. Daniel Farke confirmed after the 2-0 defeat he expected the Scottish international to be firmly in contention for the trip to Loftus Road. Marley Watkins should be available, after missing the Fulham game following a long haul trip to China with Wales. Onel Hernandez (hamstring) is still out, along with Moritz Leitner (hamstring), Tom Trybull (ankle) and Marco Stiepermann (hernia). Stiepermann should return to training on Tuesday. Matt Jarvis and Louis Thompson are longer term absentees.
QPR manager – Ian Holloway
Back at QPR for a second spell in the dugout. Won promotion with Rangers in his first stint and repeated that feat at Blackpool and Crystal Palace.
One to watch – Paul Smyth
Young wide player who scored the winner on his international debut for Northern Ireland against South Korea alongside Jamal Lewis.
Referee – James Linington (Newport)
Shown five red and 121 yellow cards in 35 appointments this season.