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QPR vs West Brom FA Cup Preview

January 05, 2013


Harry Redknapp is promising to give the FA Cup the respect it deserves when his Queens Park Rangers host West Bromwich Albion in the third round on Saturday. 

The home team are battling against Premier League relegation and are expected to make changes for the cup tie against their top-flight rivals as survival is the priority. 

But Redknapp, an FA Cup-winning manager with Portsmouth in 2008, will not be taking the world's oldest cup competition lightly.

West Brom will therefore need to be prepared for a tough game, especially as Steve Clarke will be taking an injury hit squad to London. 

The Baggies have also lost their last two Premier League games in what has been a difficult period for the Midlands club. 

And so Clarke, an FA Cup winner as a player and coach, respectively, with Chelsea in 1997 and 2007, will want a response and a confidence boost.



DJ Campbell, Rob Hulse and Jay Bothroyd are all expected to feature after returning from loans. 

The trio are likely to play in the third round tie at Loftus Road after the end of spells at Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively. 

Redknapp is expected to make a few changes for his Premier League relegation-threatened team from the side who stunned Chelsea in midweek. 

Luke Young has returned to training but Bobby Zamora, Andrew Johnson and Junior Hoilett remain unavailable due to injury while Samba Diakite has departed for African Cup of Nations.


West Brom boss Clarke has been forced to rule out four players for the trip to London and has concerns over five other members of his squad. 

Jonas Olsson, Steven Reid, Claudio Yacob and Goran Popov all remain injured and unavailable for the out-of-form Baggies. 

Clarke is also assessing the fitness of another five unnamed players before he will be able to decide on his starting line-up.


Source: SkySports


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