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Queens Park Ranger manager Harry Redknapp is hoping for some more home comfort as his side take on fellow Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion at Loftus Road on Saturday
Rangers (4-2-10) slumped to their 10th league defeat after losing 3-1 to Everton at Goodison Park on Monday evening. The Toffees raced into a three-goal lead before Bobby Zamora netted a late consolation for the Hoops. Rangers are now third-from-bottom with just 14 points from 16 matches.
QPR's road form has been dreadful, and they have suffered eight straight away defeats in league action. All their points this season have been secured at Loftus Road, where their home form (4-2-2) has been respectable. They are unbeaten in their last four league matches played in west London (3-1-0), and Redknapp is anxious for that positive streak to continue.
"West Brom's another big game – we've had a few at Loftus Road recently," Redknapp told his club's website. "We've played Villa, Leicester and Burnley in front of our own supporters and won all three, so we'll head into the game on Saturday in confident mood.
"We know what we've got to do."
West Bromwich (4-5-7) claimed their first win in six matches after beating 10-man Aston Villa 1-0 at The Hawthorns in a hard-fought West Midlands derby last Saturday.
Former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner secured Albion's first win since Nov. 1 with his first goal for the club on 72 minutes. Villa defender Kieran Richardson had earlier been sent off for a late tackle on Stephane Sessegnon.
Victory against Villa lifted West Brom out of the relegation zone, and they are now 14th on 17 points.
Baggies manager Alan Irvine felt his side deserved their victory over bitter local rivals Villa.
"I'm delighted and relieved to get the win that we have probably deserved in some of the other games that we've played recently," Irvine said to his club's website. "I felt that as long as we kept making the right decisions, and as long as we kept our patience and played with intelligence that chances would come.
"The crowd were fantastic. It didn't surprise me to be honest. I know what derbies mean, I expected the ground to be rocking and it was."
West Brom did the double over QPR when they last met in the Premier League during the 2012-13 season. The Baggies won 3-2 at The Hawthorns, with James Morrison, Zoltan Gera and Youssouf Mulumbu scoring for Albion, while Adel Taarabt and Esteban Granero netted for the Hoops. Albion won 2-1 at Loftus Road on Boxing Day thanks to a Chris Brunt strike and Rob Green own goal. Djibril Cisse pulled one back for QPR, but they never found the second.
QPR top scorer Charlie Austin is available again after suspension, while Baggies skipper Brunt is nearing full recovery from a hamstring problem.Rangers' only win in their last eight league meetings with West Brom was a 3-1 victory at Loftus Road in March 2010 in the Championship.