QPR v Everton
Everton manager David Moyes will have been hoping his players return from international duty unscathed. Marouane Fellaini (knee) withdrew from the Belgium squad following the Blues’ 2-2 draw at Wigan, while Darron Gibson (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) have both missed recent games.
QPR’s injury troubles may have eased during the international break, with defenders Fabio (hamstring) and Clint Hill (head) edging closer to returns. Former Blues forward Andy Johnson misses the visit of his old side after suffering a long-term knee ligament injury.
QPR: LLLLDL. West Brom (a), lost 3-2; West Ham (h), lost 2-1; Reading (h), League Cup, lost 3-2; Tottenham (a), lost 2-1; Chelsea (h), drew 0-0; Manchester City (a), lost 3-1.
Everton: DWLWDL. Wigan (a), drew 2-2; Southampton (h), won 3-1; Leeds United (a), League Cup, lost 2-1; Swansea City (a), won 3-0; Newcastle United (h), drew 2-2; West Brom (a), lost 2-0.
1) Sunday’s game will be David Moyes’ 200th away game as Everton manager.
2) If selected, Tim Howard and Phil Neville could become the first Everton players to win 100 Premier League matches in which they have started.
3) Bob Latchford holds the club record for most goals scored against QPR. The big forward netted 10 times against the Londoners, including four in a 5-1 away win in September 1977.
For plenty more stats ahead of the game, read our latest ‘Magic Numbers’ feature by clicking here.
QPR assistant manager Mark Bowen: “What’s the mood like within the training ground? It has been literally fantastic. When I tell people that, they look at me quizzically. How can it be fantastic when you are bottom of the league? I hate saying those words! But the spirit really is that good. Yes, we know where we are. And we know why we’re there. But we believe in the fact that it is temporary. It will turn for us, I have got no doubts about that at all. Now we have to show some character, and Sunday’s game against Everton is huge.”
Everton striker Victor Anichebe: "It is always going to be a tough game. They have quite a small pitch and the fans are close to the field. They are struggling and they need results which can make it harder. They bought a lot of players so there is expectation on them and they haven't really done so well at the start of the season. I am sure their luck will change but hopefully not against us. We need to be wary no matter what sort of start they have had. They will be coming out looking to get a result against us."
QPR 1-1 Everton, 3 March 2012. The Blues continued their fine New Year form into March, but could only leave Loftus Road with a point. On-loan winger Royston Drenthe put the visitors ahead with a rasping long-range drive on 30 minutes, before needlessly conceding a free-kick less than five minutes later. It proved to be a costly error too, as Bobby Zamora rose highest to level. Tim Cahill had earlier struck the crossbar for Everton, while Akos Buzsaky and Adel Taraabt both hit the woodwork in quick succession at the other end.
QPR 2-3 Everton, 18 March 1995. Although the Blues would go on to lift the FA Cup two months later, as the Premier League season drew to a close, the Club’s top-flight status was still in the balance. A surprise three-point haul from Loftus Road would put the team on a run of just one defeat in 11 games to finish safely in 15th place. QPR first took the lead through Les Ferdinand on 36 minutes, before forward Stuart Barlow slotted home before the hour mark. The Blues’ celebrations were short-lived however, as Kevin Gallen struck back minutes later. Half-time substitute Daniel Amokachi continued to be a thorn in the Londoners’ side, and his shot was converted into an own goal by Alan McDonald to make it 2-2. And with the focus perhaps on holding on to a valuable away point, Andy Hinchcliffe went one better by firing a 90th-minute free-kick into the top corner to seal all three.
Two Everton heroes were born on this day.
On 21 October 1944, full-back Tommy Wright was born in Liverpool. Making 374 appearances for the Blues, Wright was part of FA Cup and league title-winning teams.
On 21 October 1959, winger Kevin Sheedy was born in Builth Wells. The left wing genius scored 97 goals in 369 games for Everton – winning two league titles, one FA Cup and one European Cup Winners’ Cup - and is currently a coach at the Club’s Academy. To read about Sheedy’s return to Finch Farm following a battle with bowel cancer, click here.
QPR manager Mark Hughes made 22 appearances during a brief spell for Everton in 2000.
Players who have played for both the Blues and the Rs include Matt Jackson, John Spencer, Peter Reid, Kevin McLeod, Dave Thomas, Mickey Walsh, Kenny Sansom, Andy King, Brett Angell, Marcus Bent and Peter Eastoe.
Referee: Mr J Moss
Assistant Referee: Mr J Flynn
Assistant Referee: Mr C Breakspear
Fourth Official: Mr P Dowd
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Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Monday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win @ 5/4
Nikica Jelavic to score Everton’s first goal @ 9/2
Everton to score two goals @ 13/5
Everton to win 3-1 @ 20/1
Everton to draw 2-2 @ 11/1