Steven Fletcher

Preview: Sunderland v QPR

by Stuart Vose

We look ahead to tonight's action at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill says his side face a big game as they take on QPR at the Stadium of Light this evening.

The fixture will see Harry Redknapp make his debut in the QPR dugout after he replaced Mark Hughes late last week.

Former Spurs boss Redknapp is tasked with rescuing an R’s side who have endured an arduous start to the season, taking four points from 13 games.

Rangers decided to dispense with Hughes’ services following a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, and assistant Mark Bowen was in charge last weekend as the London club went down by the same scoreline at Manchester United.

The arrival of Redknapp will have increased confidence amongst Rangers fans that they can escape trouble having not won a league game so far.

They have lost six of their seven games on the road this season, drawing the other (1-1 at Norwich City). Meanwhile Rangers have conceded 14 goals away from home, scoring six.

The Black Cats did the double over QPR last season, winning 3-2 at Loftus Road and 3-1 at the Stadium of Light. They have won each of the last five fixtures between the two sides and seven of the last 10.

Sunderland have scored six goals in their last three games, doubling their season’s tally in the league.

Two of those six goals have come from the boot of Stephane Sessegnon, who has scored in each of his last two games and found the net in both fixtures against QPR last season.

Meanwhile Steven Fletcher (pictured) leads the way with six goals overall - netting twice at home and four times on the road.

Tonight’s game will be the 30th in all competitions between the two clubs, with Sunderland holding a slender overall advantage with 13 wins to QPR’s 10. A further six games have been drawn.