VENUE: Stadium of Light
Former English premier league side Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers lock horns at the Stadium of Light round twelve of the English championship both side keen to rediscover their lost glory.
Sunderland would be keen to get back to winning ways infront of their infuriated faithful after a series of disappointing results since their demotion from the premier league at the end of last season by bagging a convincing win over the visiting Qpr.
The black cats will be keen to get back to winning ways after being held to a frustrating 2-2 away draw by Preston North End in their last championship encounter with a home win.
Mediocrity has been the name associated with the hosts off late failing to win a single match in the last five attempts suffering three defeats and registered two draws in their last five matches coming into the clash.
Manager Simon Grayson is a man under fire and he will be keen to see his side who currently lie second to bottom of the championship with seven points from eleven matches stage a descent display to relieve pressure on his side.
Qpr hit the road to face familiar rivals Sunderland targeting nothing less than the three desired points in what is expected to be an evenly balanced affair.
The Londoners would be eager to bounce back from their disappointing 2-1 home loss to Fulham in a London derby in their last match with a vital away win over the black cats in the bid to gain promotion back to the premier league.
The visitors have been far from convincing in their last five matches failing to register a single win suffering three losses and two draws in the process and anything less than the maximum points would be disastrous.
Ian Holloway charges currently lie a distant sixteenth with thirteen points from eleven matches and a win could propel them at least three positions up depending on other results.
The hosts would be without the services of former Manchester united center back Paddy McNair due to injury while the visitors while the visitors while be without Paul Coutts, Bradley Johnson, Daniel Fisher, Jason McCarthy, Neil Taylor and Marley Watkins due to suspension.
Qpr have won three of the last five matches between the two sides while Sunderland has managed one win and a draw has been registered in the other match.
Sunderland probable line-up- Ruiter, Jones, Galloway, Browning, Kone, Cattermole, Honeyman, Ndong, McGeady, Vaughan, Grabban
QPR probable line-up- Smithies, Bidwell, Onuoha, Robinson, Baptiste, Scowen, Luongo, Lualua, Wszolek, Freeman, Mackie