QPR v Arsenal Sat 15:00
West London will face off against North London this weekend when QPR play hosts to Arsenal in a fixture that produced a tighter encounter than many would have predicted in the reverse fixture, as Paddy Power offer Mark Hughes’s side at long odds against to shock Arsene Wenger’s side, who are on a superb run of form in the Premiership.
The Gunners managed to grind out a 1-0 victory when it was their turn to host in December but given their recent boost in performances, they will be confident of winning by a larger margin on Saturday.
QPR seem resigned to the fact that they could be playing in the Championship next season with numerous reports claiming that the club are preparing for life in England’s second tier, hoping to hang on to some of their biggest stars should the club see the drop.
Speaking of Hoops players, Mark Hughes is likely to welcome a raft of first team members back from injury this weekend including DJ Campbell, Clint Hill, Fitz Hall and Heidar Helguson.
Either Campbell or Helguson might be thrown back in the deep end too, as Djibril Cissé is currently serving a four-match ban after seeing his second red card of the season last Saturday against Sunderland in what is becoming a shorter season by the game for the Frenchman.
After falling back into the drop zone following defeat at the Stadium of Light, QPR risk falling deeper into the murky threat of relegation if they fail to earna result against Arsenal, with only Wolves and Liverpool worse off than them in terms of form.
On the other side of the table sits Arsenal, who couldn’t be in more opposite form I they tried as they continue to turn around the campaign, breaking records as they go.
The North London outfit are riding high on the back of an eight-match winning streak in the Premier League and will be confident of adding a ninth this weekend.
Arsene Wenger’s team look to be hitting form exactly when it matters and will be keen to secure their spot in next season’s Champions League with a third placed finish.
Abou Diaby is the only name said to be close to regaining fitness for the Gunners as the Frenchman continues to struggle against recurring injuries in his bid for a comeback to the English top flight.