Four hundred forty one minutes. That is how long Aston Villa have gone without scoring. It dates back to September 13, at Anfield, in a match that Villa won 1-0. Speaking of Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers lost just last week 3-2 against the Reds, thanks to own goals from central defenders Steven Caulker and Richard Dunne. The two goals they scored means the pair now have more scored two more goals for Liverpool than Mario Balotelli. Former Villa man Dunne now holds the record for most own goals all-time in the Premier League. QPR dominated the first half, but still managed to lose.
That being said, this match could be do-or-die for Harry Redknapp at QPR. Six defeats in eight league matches has the Hoops last in the division. Their last win came almost two months ago, 1-0 against Sunderland on August 30th. Beating Villa could save him from the sack, at least for a couple more weeks.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert needs to find a way to get his team to score goals. Christian Benteke is back, but midfield dynamo Fabian Delph is out, and the team needs a new catalyst to provide a spark. It should be a good match to get back on track, as far as goalscoring is concerned. QPR have allowed 18 goals so far. Joe Cole or Charles N'Zogbia are players who could get a chance to provide a creative influence, but the way they have played so far this year may mean they won't get a chance here. Maybe it would be safer to stick Tom Cleverley slightly ahead of Ashley Westwood and Carlos Sánchez.
Last time out, Harry Redknapp went with a 5-3-2, but we may see Rangers revert back to the 4-2-3-1. Niko Kranjčar and Rio Ferdinand face late fitness tests, and both may start if available. Most likely, we will see Aston Villa in the 4-2-3-1 that has been often used this year.
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