Premier League preview: Swansea v Queens Park Rangers
by Football News
Feb 08, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
Queens Park Rangers' Premier League relegation fight heads to Wales on Saturday where they will face eighth-placed Swansea City.
QPR have been somewhat rejuvenated since Harry Redknapp was appointed to lead the Londoners in November.
Five straight league matches unbeaten has shown off the steely resolve that Redknapp has drilled into his players, as they look to pull off a Houdini-esque escape from what looked to be guaranteed relegation earlier in the campaign.
They are 'just' six points from safety, however if they continue to pick up points, their confidence will grow.
Three of those points came from scoreless draws, but it is doubtful Rangers fans would care about the means if the result was Premier League status in 2013-14.
It means while they have scored just twice in their past five, they have picked up seven points in that run - with the latter all Redknapp has his eyes on at the moment.
Of course, goals will help the points tally tick along, but the former Tottenham manager has focussed on getting one thing right that was terrible at QPR earlier in the season - the defence.
Meanwhile at Swansea, the goals have dried up - with Michael Laudrup's men failing to score in five of their past six contests in all competitions.
The Swans are stuck between a rock and a hard place, in terms of deciphering what they want to get out of the remainder of the Premier League season.
While it is admirable to think the club would want to get as many points as possible, they are well clear of the relegation backlog but are also daylight behind securing a potential Europa League spot.
They might secure that anyway with a win in the League Cup final against Bradford City later in February, but that just renders the remainder of Swansea's season fairly pointless, and may see the players lack motivation to get results.
They should not be short on personal motivation as a spot in the XI at Wembley beckons for those who can perform in the coming weeks, although not one of Laudrup's charges would want to get injured ahead of a major cup final.
Already missing for Swansea are Michel Vorm (knee), Neil Taylor (ankle) and Kemy Agustien (ankle), while out for QPR are Jose Bosingwa (back), Junior Hoilett (hamstring), Adam Johnson (knee), Nedum Onuoha (knock) and Loic Remy (groin).