- Reuters / Paul Hackett
Queens Park Rangers will host West Ham United at Loftus Road Stadium on Monday night as they continue to seek out their first win of the season.
QPR manager Mark Hughes will have a difficult time, made even harder given the fact that his club will be without four first-team defenders for their derby against West Ham in the Barclays Premier League.
Anton Ferdinand, Jose Bosingwa and Fabio are all out with hamstring injuries, while Armand Traore is also sidelined with trainers stating it could be a few weeks before he is ready to return.
With questions remaining at defense, Hughes could have midfielder Adel Taatabt back after he missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury. He could provide a spark off the bench should Hughes figure the time right. QPR is still trying to fill the offensive void left by Striker Andy Johnson, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
West Ham manger Samuel Allardyce will welcome the return of West Ham midfielder Gary O'Neil after he recovered from a knee injury sustained during Tuesday's loss to Wigan.
Allardyce is figured to make many changes to the starting lineup after they exited the League Cup, falling to Wigan Athletic midweek.
West Ham is seeking easy goals, given that Modibo Maiga has scored in two consecutive starts and on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is expected to play- that would give West Ham another offensive target.
Recent history does favor QPR for this match, given that West Ham has failed to score in five of their last six matches at Loftus Road. Additionally, QPR has won six, while losing none of the last eight home games against West Ham.
Kickoff for the match is at 3:00 p.m. EDT and can be watched online here.