February 9, 2013
Laudrup hopeful over Vorm
Team Stat Comparison
|Swansea City||Queens Park Rangers|
|Goals for *||1.5||0.9|
|Goals against *||1.4||1.7|
|Last 5 home||L-D-D-L-L||L-L-L-D-W|
|Last 5 away||L-W-L-D-L||L-D-L-L-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Swansea City | Queens Park Rangers|
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup hopes to have goalkeeper Michel Vorm back from injury against QPR.
The Dutchman has been struggling with a knee problem but looks set to return to the starting line-up, but midfielder Leon Britton is doubtful with the knee injury he sustained in last weekend's defeat at West Ham.
Kemy Agustien is back in training after an ankle problem but this game is likely to come a too soon for the midfielder, while Neil Taylor (broken leg) remains sidelined.
Ashley Williams admits the number of new faces at QPR has made it difficult to prepare for Saturday's Barclays Premier League meeting between the sides.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp made no secret of his desire to strengthen the Rs squad during the January transfer window and Tal Ben Haim, Loic Remy, Yun Suk-young, Christopher Samba, Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas all arrived at Loftus Road.
Remy is set to miss the Liberty Stadium meeting with a groin problem, but even without the France striker it will be a very different QPR side from that thumped 5-0 by the Swans on the opening day of the season.
And with Redknapp's men desperate to improve their perilous position six points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, Williams knows they will pose a test.
"With a new manager and a team made up of a lot of new players, you don't really know what's going to happen. That's a fact,'' said the Wales captain.
"We went out and won that game against them on the opening day and that gave us a lot of confidence.
"But that was such a strange day and a lot has happened since then.
"Having said that, we feel like we can win most games these days, especially at home.
"We lost last Saturday at West Ham so we want to get back on track this week.''
QPR striker Remy is touch and go.
The France international suffered a groin strain prior to last weekend's draw with Norwich but has recovered well and could be involved in south Wales.
Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring complaint, while Samba Diakite is still away with the Mali national team at the African Nations Cup.
"If you look at it, we're unbeaten in five,'' boss Harry Redknapp said. "That has got to be positive, against very difficult teams.
"If you look at them, Norwich maybe is the one you had a good chance to win at home.
"The other games away to Chelsea, home to Man City, away to West Ham, home to Tottenham - very, very, very difficult games.
"They were games, in all honesty, if you looked at them you'd think if you get four or five points out of them you've done well.
"We did better than that. We took seven points so we're in good form.''
QPR will have to put in another good display at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow if they are to extend that run against Swansea.
"They have done fantastically,'' Redknapp said of the Capital One Cup finalists.
"They play great football - they were excellent last year and have been playing like that for a few years.
"This year they have been absolutely top class again. I think they've even take it onto another level.''