QPR v Everton
Everton will have Steven Pienaar available for selection again after the midfielder was cup-tied for the victory over Blackpool.
Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman stepped up their comebacks by appearing for the reserves in midweek, while defender Phil Jagielka has resumed training. Darron Gibson is likely to miss out due to a knee complaint.
QPR will be without suspended duo Djibril Cisse and Samba Diakite following their recent red cards. Manager Mark Hughes will be hoping Danny Gabbidon, Akos Buzsaky, Jamie Mackie and Taye Taiwo all returned from international duty unscathed.
Everton: WWDWWD. Blackpool (h), FA Cup, won 2-0; Chelsea (h), won 2-0; Wigan (a), drew 1-1; Manchester City (h), won 1-0; Fulham (h), FA Cup, won 2-1; Blackburn (h), drew 1-1.
QPR: LLLDLW. Fulham (h), lost 0-1; Blackburn (a), lost 3-2; Wolves (h), lost 2-1; Aston Villa (a), drew 2-2; Chelsea (h), FA Cup, lost 1-0; Wigan (h), won 3-1.
1) Everton face QPR at Loftus Road for the first time since April 1996, a game which the hosts won 3-1.
2) David Moyes has faced clubs managed by Mark Hughes in 12 league fixtures. Moyes has won on five occasions, while the former Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham manager has just two victories over the Scot.
3) Everton have conceded fewer goals from crosses than any other team in the Premier League this season – four.
4) All of QPR's five red cards this season have come at home, but before this season all 11 of their red cards in the Premier League had come away.
5) QPR have dropped the most points from winning positions this season – 15. Of those, 13 have been relinquished at home.
Everton captain Phil Neville: "It'll be a good game. They are down near the bottom and we're pushing into the top half of the table now. We've just got to make sure we recover well from the international break and from not having a game last weekend and hit the ground running. We'll need to do that because I think QPR have talented players, good front players. We're going to have to play well to get a result."
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand: "We're enjoying working hard and looking forward to our next game against Everton. They present another tough test - but every game is a tough one in the Premier League. We're at home and we fancy ourselves. They're a very experienced team with a number of top players, but we've got players in our side that can unlock doors. Hopefully we'll see that on Saturday.”
August 20, 2011. Everton 0-1 QPR. In what was the Blues' first game of this campaign, they came unstuck at Goodison Park to give Rangers their first Premier League points since 1996. Tommy Smith slotted home for the visitors in the 30th minute as Everton struggled to break down their resiliant defence.
November 22, 1995. Everton 2-0 QPR. The Toffees fired in two first-half goals to seal victory at Goodison. Graham Stuart volleyed home from a 40-yard pass from Anders Limpar with just 18 minutes gone. Less than 20 minutes later, Paul Rideout forced his way in on goal and netted past Jurgen Sommer.
Players who have played for both clubs include Matt Jackson, John Spencer, Peter Reid, Kevin McLeod, Dave Thomas, Mickey Walsh, Kenny Sansom, Andy King, Brett Angell, Marcus Bent and Peter Eastoe.
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