QPR v Norwich

By BBC Sport
Last updated : 15 October 2010

QPR manager Neil Warnock is expected to name an unchanged side despite the return to fitness of defender Bradley Orr and midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.Kyle Walker, whose loan from Tottenham has been extended, is set to continue at right-back with Akos Buzsaky keeping his place alongside Shaun Derry.

Norwich City defender Adam Drury is available for the game after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Steven Smith suffered a knock against Bristol City but should also be fit.

MATCH PREVIEW

Queens Park Rangers, six points clear at the top of the table and yet to concede a league goal at home this season, put their impressive defensive record on the line against the team that has scored in 32 consecutive away matches.

Not since a 3-0 defeat at Blackpool in March 2009 have Norwich failed to score in an away match, and they are the only Championship side other than QPR to have netted in all their away games this season. It all points to a fascinating game and a real test of both teams' credentials. Loftus Road is likely to be sold out, and will contain over 3,000 Norwich fans.

The Canaries, promoted last term, are third in the table, while Rangers are enjoying their best start to a season since 1947. They are the division's only unbeaten side, and this is the first time since the likes of Stan Bowles and Gerry Francis starred for them in 1975/76 that they have been unbeaten after the first 10 games.

That excellent QPR team suffered their first defeat of the campaign in their 11th game, and went on to finish second after being famously pipped to the title by Liverpool, largely because of a costly defeat in their penultimate match of the season - against Norwich.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

• A goal for QPR would be the club's 100th in home league games against Norwich, who are two short of their 150th league goal against the west London club.

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• The winning team has kept a clean sheet in each of the last five meetings between these clubs.

Queens Park Rangers

• QPR are the only team yet to lose a Football League match this season. The country's only other unbeaten sides are Premier League duo Manchester United and Fulham.

• Rangers have scored more Championship goals than any other club (24), conceded fewer (three), and have kept the most clean sheets (eight)

• They have won all eight league games in which they have scored first, and are yet to concede a goal earlier than the 40th minute.

• Jamie Mackie, the division's top scorer this season, is set for his 100th league start.

• Fellow forward Adel Taarabt has seven goal assists to his name this term - more than any other player in the second tier.

Norwich

• Norwich have won their last two games (4-3 at home to Leicester, and 3-0 away to Bristol City), and have not registered three successive Championship wins since February 2008.

• They are one of four Championship teams with a 100% record in matches in which they have scored first.

• The Canaries, last season's League One champions, have won 22 league games in 2010 - more than any other team currently in the second tier.

• Chris Martin is hoping to make his 100th career league start.

Source: BBC Sport

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