QPR v Brighton – team news & stats


Brighton defender Lewis Dunk has made 37 league appearances this season

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QPR Midfielder Jordan Cousins will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on a thigh injury.

On-loan winger Kazenga LuaLua is close to a return from an ankle problem but is ineligible to face his parent club.

Centre-half Lewis Dunk could keep his place in the Brighton squad after recovering from illness.

Full-backs Sebastian Pocognoli and Liam Rosenior are available after injury, but striker Sam Baldock is likely to remain out with a hamstring problem.

The Seagulls would return to the top of the Championship table with victory on Friday night.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex:

“They’re a good side, QPR, they’re a changed team in Ian Holloway’s time there.

“I think his period of time working in television gave him that nice break away from the pressures of management, and he looks like he’s really enjoying it again.

“His team are playing some good football, in a way that i think Ian wants them to play.”

Match facts

  • QPR are unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions against Brighton at Loftus Road (W5 D6), last losing in September 1957.
  • Brighton have gone eight matches without defeat against the west London side, winning four and drawing four.
  • Anthony Knockaert has had a hand in four goals in his last two games against QPR (three goals, one assist).
  • QPR haven’t kept a clean sheet at Loftus Road in the Championship since a 1-0 win over Bristol City in October.
  • Brighton are unbeaten in their last seven Championship fixtures contested on a Friday, winning six (D1).
  • QPR’s last nine Championship goals have all been scored at home.

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