Preview: QPR v Sunderland

by Ashley Houghton

A look ahead to Saturday's game (KO 3pm).

Sunderland will be looking to end a run of four games without a win as they travel to Harry Redknapp’s revitalised QPR.

Rangers’ win at Southampton last weekend has added hope of a late bid for survival for Redknapp’s men who were previously without a win in six.

Martin O’Neill’s side were unlucky not to pick up three points when Fulham visited the Stadium of Light last Saturday, with the Black Cats feeling they should have been awarded a penalty in the closing stages.

Sunderland will be looking to extend a fantastic unbeaten run against the Hoops; the South London side haven’t defeated the Black Cats in 22 years.

Stephane Sessegnon has scored in two of the last three games between these two sides and will be looking to add to his tally of five goals so far this season after last weekend’s equaliser against Fulham.

Sunderland have won three away league games this season, drawing four and losing seven.

Saturday's game will be the 31st meeting between the two sides following their first encounter in January 1957 - a 4-0 home win for Sunderland.

The Black Cats have chalked up 13 all-time victories in this fixture, with QPR winning 10 and a further seven games ending all square.


Sunderland are unbeaten in 11 league games against QPR, winning seven, drawing four and not losing to them since April 1991.

QPR haven’t won consecutive Premier League games since December 1995.

Rangers have gone 472 minutes without a home goal.

Three of QPR’s last four Barclays Premier League home games have ended 0-0.

Eight of Sunderland’s last nine Barclays Premier League away games have gone over 2.5 goals.

QPR have taken the lead in only two Barclays Premier League home games this season.