October 03, 2014

Upton Park will host a London derby on Sunday as Queens Park Rangers visit West Ham United.

The Hammers (2-1-3) have seven points from their opening six games, but that doesn't tell half the story. Impressive 3-1 wins over Crystal Palace and potential title challengers Liverpool saw West Ham at least get some points on the board to show for a strong start to the campaign. A last-gasp defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the season was not what Sam Allardyce's side deserved from an excellent display, and ten-man Manchester United were fortunate to take three points from a 2-1 win last weekend.

"We're under pressure to get more points on the board," Allardyce said. "We've played very, very well in five out of our six league games so far. The fact of the matter is seven points from those games is simply not enough. We have to turn performances in to results.

"At this early stage of the season you can jump places very quickly. The QPR game is almost a six pointer. We want to go into the international break with a positive result."

Harry Redknapp's QPR (1-1-4) travel across London knowing that a win would pull them level on points with the Hammers. However, such a position would flatter a side who have been fortunate to pick up four points after a string of poor performances on their return to the top flight. Last weekend's 2-1 loss to Southampton ensured that they are the only team in the league to have lost four games since the start of the campaign.

Despite his team's disappointing start to the season, Redknapp is looking forward to the trip to West Ham - a club that he played for over a hundred times and managed for seven years.

"It's a fantastic club with some good people," Redknapp said. "I went there at 15 and it will always be a special football club for me.

"West Ham have a stronger squad this season. They're a team who have brought some decent players in. They signed (Alex) Song, and I've always liked the left-back from Ipswich (Aaron) Cresswell. I don't see West Ham being in a relegation battle. Sam's put a good side together and I think they'll be mid-table this year. He's a good manager."

Redknapp will be without the services of Alejandro Faurlin for the rest of the season due to a knee ligament injury, while the enigmatic Adel Taarabt remains out due to a lack of fitness. Sandro, Jordan Mutch and Joey Barton all face late fitness tests.

West Ham are without striker Andy Carroll (ankle) and midfielder Mark Noble (calf), but Matt Jarvis and Guy Demel could return.

It was a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season, with Joe Cole and Loic Remy scoring in a 1-1 draw, while the Hammers won the reverse fixture 2-1.

Allardyce's side will expect all or nothing from the game. They have drawn just one of their last 19 Premier League games, and of the remaining 18 matches they have won nine and lost nine.

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