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Saturday, 09 March 2013

QPR v Sunderland: Is the Great Escape now on?


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QPR gave their survival hopes a massive boost last weekend with a priceless victory over Southampton at St Mary's, but can Harry Redknapp's men take that confidence and belief into today's match against an out-of-sorts Sunderland side?

Well the last time QPR defeated Sunderland Chesney Hawkes ruled the UK charts with his only hit I Am The One And Only, Margaret Thatcher was still in control of the country and the lucrative Premier League had yet to kick off. Yes, we're going back a long, long way with this one, April 6, 1991, to be precise. During that period the R's have lost seven and drawn four, but neither of those results will be good enough in the eyes of Redknapp.

The home side have given themselves a lifeline. They are just four points away from safety, but with only 10 games to go they need to be beating the likes of Sunderland - especially with Reading and Aston Villa squaring up to each other this afternoon.

Back-to-back wins for Sunderland in January against West Ham and Wigan looked to have moved them clear of the relegation issue but they have picked up just two points from a possible 15 since then and currently sit just six points clear of the danger zone. Martin O'Neill's men can turn on the style when they want, but it has been far too often this season for the fans' liking.

QPR remain the league's lowest scorers at home and still only have one home win to their name. They will be full of beans following last weekend's victory at Southampton though and the believers at Loftus Road sense something special.

Can the R's see off Sunderland and keep the Great Escape on track? Our pundits believe they can.

QPR v Sunderland; Kick Off 3pm March 10 2013


Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

TBA    

V

TBA

Everton

Chris Goodwin

2

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

0

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

TBA

V

TBA

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

2

Norwich

Sue Read

2

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

0

Reading

Jon Keen

1

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

1

V

3

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

3

V

2

Spurs

Adam Crawford

TBA

V

TBA

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

0

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

1

V    

2

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

1

V

0

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

3

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

0

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 22; Draw: 5; Away: 4. TBA 3.

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