Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Queens Park Rangers

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  • QPR has lost 12 of 13 away matches in the league
  • Palace has only taken 12 points at home, the second-least in the PL
  • The R’s are winless in their last 11 London derbies (D3, L8)

If Queens Park Rangers want to stay in the Premier League, their “Great Escape” must begin Saturday at Selhurst Park, where they travel to face Crystal Palace.

You can watch the match live on NBCSN at 8 a.m. ET, or online via Live Extra.

Queens Park Rangers are the visitors, and luckily for Crystal Palace, that usually means points to the home-side. QPR has lost 12 of 13 league matches away from home this season, with their only win coming at Sunderland in early February.

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With only ten matches remaining, QPR must start getting points on the road. The R’s currently sit 18th on the table, three points behind Aston Villa and safety. The players love playing under Chris Ramsey, but the caretaker manager needs results if he wants to keep the club afloat. If there’s any chance of a Great Escape, it’s going to be on the back of Charlie Austin, whose 15 goals account for over 50-percent of QPR’s total tally for the season.

For Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side, the situation is much less dire. Sitting 12th on the table with 30 points, the fight is more for a mid-table finish than for survival in the league. The Eagles are coming off of a tough 1-0 loss to Southampton, putting in a good showing despite leaving empty handed. Palace will be keen to take all three points on Saturday, and the fans at Selhurst Park would love nothing more than to have a helping hand in sending QPR back to the Championship.

What they’re saying

Palace defender Scott Daan on the Eagles’ form: “We have not won as many games as we should have and we are disappointed with that. But I do not think we have been playing badly. When we have had the chances, we have not really taken them.”

QPR boss Chris Ramsey on the fight for survival: “We want to make as many people be in the dogfight as possible so we can take it as close to the end of the season as possible and give ourselves a really big fighting chance to stay in the league.”

Prediction

Neither team is playing it’s best football as of late, and will look at Saturday as the perfect time to turn things around. QPR is desperate for points, and they will have to play that way if they want to keep their Premier League dream alive. Unfortunately, their woes away from Loftus Road continue. Crystal Palace 2-1 Queens Park Rangers.