Early Relegation Battle In EPL

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Anton Ferdiand will need to hold together QPR's backline. Image courtesy of skysports.com
There were reports Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill had left his post in the wake of the Black Cats’ 4-2 pummeling by in-form West Bromwich Albion at the weekend. Even though this has been denied by club management, it’s hard to imagine the axe isn’t hovering over the former Celtic boss who has presided over four losses in five starts, and has the Wearside outfit sitting precariously just above the relegation zone.

There’s one good reason for O’Neill to stay on, though, and that’s the upcoming clash with Queens Park Rangers . Things are positively bright in the north of England compared to the situation at Loftus Road. The Hoops have amassed just four points from 13 starts and are yet to win a game this season. New manager Harry Redknapp has inherited a rabble from former boss Mark Hughes, but he is a master of getting the best out of poor and average teams. There is even speculation he may make a play for David Beckham, now that he has severed ties with LA Galaxy.

Sunderland won both matches between the teams last season; a 3-1 victory at home on top of a 3-2 win in London at the end of 2011. QPR has conceded in every one of their away games so far, and home teams have been finding the back of the net at a clip of two goals per game against Rangers this season. 80% of Sunderland’s home games thiscampaign have finished under 2.5 goals , but if they’re ever going to find their goalscoring touch at the Stadium of Light, surely it will be on Wednesday morning. 

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