Stoke vs QPR preview
Last Updated: 23/11/18 11:44am
Stoke will check on the fitness of Erik Pieters and Tom Ince ahead of the resumption of their Sky Bet Championship campaign at home to QPR.
Pieters has been sidelined recently with a quad problem. It was hoped he would return prior to the international break against Nottingham Forest but the defender was not involved at the City Ground. Forward Ince had a hernia operation at the beginning of the month and has had the past two weeks to recover.
Stoke have failed to score in their last two matches, drawing both 0-0, and boss Gary Rowett has the likes of Sam Clucas, Darren Fletcher and Saido Berahino pushing for recalls.
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QPR will be without Geoff Cameron as they look to maintain their impressive recent form at the bet365 Stadium. The 33-year-old American is on loan from Stoke and ineligible to play against his parent club under the terms of the agreement so Josh Scowen is likely to replace him in the starting line-up.
Scowen should feature in midfield alongside Massimo Luongo, providing the Australian returns from international duty unscathed. Tomer Hemed (groin) missed the games against Blackburn and Brentford but the striker should be back in contention for QPR, who have won five of their last seven Championship matches.
This will be the first league meeting between Stoke and QPR in the second tier since March 2008, when the R's won 3-0 at Loftus Road.
QPR are winless in their last four league games against Stoke (D1 L3) - they've never previously gone five without a win against the Potters in league competition.
Stoke's last six games in the Championship have yielded just five goals (3 for, 2 against), despite these games seeing a combined total of 159 shots (65 for, 94 against).
Since the start of October, QPR have won 16 points in the Championship; a joint-high in the competition alongside current leaders Norwich.
Benik Afobe is Stoke's top scorer in the Championship with this season with four goals, however he hasn't netted in any of his last 10 starts in the competition (since netting a brace v Sheffield Wednesday in September).
QPR have conceded 73% of their goals in the second half of games in the Championship this season (16/22); the highest ratio of any team.
David Prutton predicts: 0-1 (10/1 with Sky Bet)