Peter Odemwingie could return for the Baggies. Image courtesy of talksport.co.uk
West Bromwich Albion will be hoping that the return of striker Peter Odemwingie and fullback Steven Reid will be enough to inspire the club to its first win in five matches when the duo line up against QPR at the Hawthorns on Wednesday morning (AEST). QPR transfer target Odemwingie missed his side’s 3-2 League defeat away to Reading on the weekend, where they conceded three goals in the last 10 minutes to stretch their winless run to four matches, while Reid has missed the past seven fixtures and both will be key additions to Roy Hodgson’s side. Nigerian hitman Odemwingie, could lead the Baggies line alongside Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku, who scored a brace on the weekend to take his tally to four goals in his last four games.
Premier League cellar dwellers QPR will be without strikers Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora who are absent through injury, meaning that Scot Jamie Mackie is likely to lead the line again. Following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with fourth placed Tottenham in the League, Harry Redknapp’s side has gone three matches without defeat, a run that started with a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Kieron Dyer was the hero scoring the equaliser with the last kick of the game on January 5 and could be recalled to the squad after not being involved against Spurs.
This will be the third fixture between the sides since Christmas and the fourth this season. Just over a week before the clubs played out a draw in their first FA Cup third round match, the Baggies held on for a 2-1 win against Rangers at Loftus Road in the league. The League match between these sides at The Hawthorns in October ended 3-2 in favour of the hosts.
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