Norwich City and Queens Park Rangers will be looking to bounce back from their disastrous starts to the season when they meet at Carrow Road on Saturday. Kick-Off 15:00.
It was a disappointing start to life at Norwich for new boss Chris Houghton, who replaced Paul Lambert in the summer after he departed for Aston Villa. Houghton has quickly dipped into the transfer market this week to sure things up at the back, bringing in defender Sebastien Bassong from Tottenham on a four-year deal. Despite the high expectations for the coming season, Mark Hughes and QPR were quickly brought back down to earth last weekend after losing 5-0 at Loftus Road to Swansea City.
Norwich City won both meetings with QPR last season and haven’t lost to the South London club since 2008. QPR have won just eight of their 56 visits to Carrow Road in their history.
New signing from Rangers, Steven Whittaker, could be in line to make his debut for the Canaries after missing last week’s match against Fulham. The defender has been sidelined with an ankle injury, suffered during a pre-season game against Ajax. Elliott Ward (knock) and Elliott Bennett (Ankle) look likely to miss out on the clash against QPR but the pair should be fit for next week’s match against Tottenham. New addition Sebastien Bassong could make his Noriwich debut from the start on Saturday.
Queens Park Rangers have been busy in the transfer market this week, but it looks unlikely that any of their reported tragets will be signed in time to feature at Carrow Road. Mark Hughes has a fully fit squad to choose from with only defender Armand Traore (ankle) ruled out.
One to watch:
Norwich City – Robert Snodgrass
Snodgress made the move to Norwich City this summer from Leeds United for a undisclosed fee, after winning both Leeds fans’ Player of the Year and players ‘ Player of the Year’ awards last season whilst contributing with 13 goals and the second highest amount of assists in The Championship with 14. Could turn into a real fans favorite at Carrow Road and will cause QPR’s defence problems on Saturday.
QPR – Djibril Cisse
The 31 year-old suffered a frustrating spell at Lazio at the beginning of last season, scoring only three goals but since make the move to QPR, he scored six goals in eight matches which helped QPR avoid relegation on the last day of last season, despite losing to Manchester City. As long as Mark Hughes keeps his head in check, Cisse could become a crucial player for QPR this season.
Norwich City: Ruddy, R Martin, Turner, R Bennett, Whittaker, Surman, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Snodgrass, Holt
QPR: Green, Fabio, Hill, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Hoilett, Park, Diakite, Taarabt, Bothroyd, Cisse