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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
22:48 16th July 2012
By  Emily McNally

CITY V QPR

CITY’s second game of the 2012-2013 Barclays Premier League takes place on Saturday with the Canaries playing host to Queens Park Rangers in front of the Yellow Army at Carrow Road.

With the addition of defender Sebastien Bassong, a midweek signing from Spurs, there are now six new members of the City squad, adding even more strength in depth as the Canaries look to bounce back from the defeat at Craven Cottage last week.

Kick-off is at 3pm, and you can listen live to the action through Canaries Player, as well as following live updates on Canaries.co.uk, and through our official Twitter (@NorwichCityFC) and Facebook pages.

TEAM NEWS:
City: The Yellows will be without Elliott Bennett for the QPR clash, who is out with a minor knee knock, in addition to Steven Whittaker who is still suffering from an ankle injury picked up in pre-season. Defender Elliott Ward is still out with an ankle knock, but is back running. David Fox played 80 minutes during the under-21s match against Blackburn Rovers on Monday, but is unlikely to feature on Saturday.

QPR: Rangers manager Mark Hughes is without suspended midfielder Joey Barton for the trip to Carrow Road, but apart from Armand Traore (ankle), he has a fully fit squad to choose from.

LAST SIX RESULTS
CITY:
Peterborough United 0-2 City
City 1-1 Ajax
MK Dons 0-0 City
Hull City 0-0 City
City 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
Fulham 5-0 City

QPR:
Sabah Select X1 0-5 QPR
Kelantan 0-5 QPR
Persebaya 1-2 QPR
Wycombe Wanderers 0-3 QPR
Trabzonspor 1-1 QPR
QPR 0-5 Swansea

TRANSFERS:
CITY:
Ins: Steven Whittaker, Jacob Butterfield (Barnsley) undisclosed, Michael Turner (Sunderland) undisclosed, Robert Snodgrass (Leeds United) undisclosed, Javier Garrido (Lazio) loan, Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham Hotspur) undisclosed.

Outs: Andrew Crofts (Brighton) undisclosed, Matt Ball (Stevenage) free, Josh Dawkin (Braintree) free, Adam Drury (Leeds United) free, Zak Whitbread (Leicester) free, Aaron Wilbraham (Crystal Palace) free, Daniel Ayala (Nottingham Forrest) season-long loan.

QPR:
Ins: Robert Green (West Ham) free, Samba Diakite (Nancy) undisclosed, Ji-Sung Park (Manchester United) £2M, David Hoilett (Blackburn) undisclosed.

Outs: Paddy Kenny (Leeds) £400,000, Fitz Hall (Watford) free, Rowan Vine (St Johnstone) free, Heidar Helguson (Cardiff) undisclosed, Peter Ramage (Crystal Palace) free, Dan Shittu (Millwall) free.

MANAGER:Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes
The former Welsh international has been in charge of QPR since January this year. His previous clubs include Fulham, Manchester City and Blackburn. 

Since Hughes took over at QPR for the final 20 games of the 2011-2012 season, he led them to seven wins and two draws, securing the Hoops another season in the Premier League in dramatic fashion.

ONE-TO-WATCH: Junior Hoilett
Junior Hoilett
QPR’s new attacker Junior Hoilett signed for the club in July for an undisclosed fee after a long spell at Blackburn Rovers, having made his first team debut for Rovers at the age of 19.

The 22 year-old, who scored seven goals for Blackburn Rovers last season will be one for the Canaries to watch when QPR head to Carrow Road this Saturday. 

Hoilett had an impressive 2011-2012 season despite the relegation of Blackburn Rovers, scoring two of his seven goals against City.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
Norwich City v QPR
City winsDrawsQPR wins
League453136
FA Cup022
League Cup000
Total453338

The Canaries have the superior head-to-head record between the two sides, and have come out on top in the last two encounters at Carrow Road - Russell Martin scoring in both games.

2011-2012 SEASON:
CITY:
Premier League- 12th
FA Cup- Fifth round
League Cup- Third round
Top league scorer- Grant Holt (15)
Most League starts- John Ruddy (37)

QPR:
Premier League- 17th
FA Cup- Fourth round
League Cup- Second round
Top league scorer- Heidar Helguson (8)
Most league starts- Paddy Kenny (33)

VENUE:
Carrow Road,
Norwich,
NR1 1JE

CAPACITY: 26,034

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg
Mark Clattenburg
On the opening day of the 2012-2013 Premier League season, 37-year-old Mark Clattenburg from County Durham was the fourth official for the game between Manchester City and Southampton that saw Manchester City win 3-2.

The last time Clattenburg took charge of a City game was the 2-1 win over Wolves at Carrow Road back in March, in which he sent off Grant Holt for a second bookable offence, after the striker had scored two goals.

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