Sunderland will be at home at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, November 27 when they take on the English Premier League’s worst team, Queens Park Rangers. QPR will be looking for their first win of the season after 13 games while Sunderland will be looking for just their third. The big news in this match will be the return of Harry Redknapp to English football. Redknapp was appointed QPR’s new manager after Mark Hughes was sacked on Friday. Redknapp’s last job was also in London with Spurs, but they let him go at the end of last season.
Sunderland is in 16th place in the league table with 12 points from two wins, six draws and four losses. They have 12 goals for and 16 against. QPR sits in dead last in the 20-team league with no wins, four draws and nine losses on the season so far. They’ve scored just 10 goals for while allowing 26 against. QPR’s problem is obvious as they don’t score enough goals and let too many in. Sunderland also has problems scoring, but aren’t too bad defensively.
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill will be without defenders John O’Shea and Lee Cattermole as they’re both out with injuries and could be sidelined for several weeks. They were injured in Sunderland’s 4-2 home loss to West Brom on Saturday. O’Neill is also missing defenders Titus Bramble and Wes Brown. For QPR, it looks as though captain Park Ji-sung could return to the squad in time for the game. He has had a knee injury and missed the team’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. Redknapp could also see defender Jose Bosingwa return to duty, but it looks like forwards Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora will miss the game and perhaps several more after this one.
It will be interesting to see how QPR players react to Redknapp, especially after he blasted them in public after taking the job. Redknapp told the press that the players are mostly to blame for the winless start to the season and they should all take responsibility for the club’s last-place standing. However, Martin O’Neill’s team will also be looking to get back on track after an embarrassing loss to West Brom on the weekend. Their supporters are getting frustrated as Sunderland’s won just one home game this season.
Even if QPR manages to win this game they will still be stuck in the cellar and relegation zone. However, it would be a huge boost to their collective confidence and a great way for Redknapp to start his career with the London club. A win for Sunderland would see them breathe a little easier as they’ll put s bit of distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Betting Predictions for Sunderland vs QPR
Sunderland has just one win in their last six games with a draw and four losses while QPR has a pair of draws and four defeats. This should be an interesting contest and QPR should be motivated. They should pull off a draw or win on their visit to Sunderland.
The latest odds for the game by Bet365.com list a Sunderland win at 13/10 with a QPR victory at 11/5 and a draw at 11/5.