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Queens Park Rangers kick off the second half of their 2014/15 Premier League campaign with a home match against Swansea City on New Year's Day.
Rangers (5-3-11) were held to a goalless draw at home by managerless Crystal Palace on Sunday after winning their previous three league matches at Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp's side start the new calendar year in 15th place, two points above the relegation places.
Goalkeeper Rob Green is confident Rangers will return to winning ways against Swansea.
"In every game we have played at Loftus Road, we've really given it a go and worked hard, so we've given ourselves a chance," Green told his club's website. "Hopefully that will be no different with Swansea.
"And hopefully we will prove to be a different proposition for them at home than we were away from home. It will be interesting to see how they approach the game. We have shown that at home we are a match for anybody in the country. If we carry on doing that, we should be alright. We're 15th and I think if we were offered that at the start of the season we'd have snatched people's hands off."
All 18 of QPR's points have come at Loftus Road this season - as have 17 of their 21 goals - and they are unbeaten in six straight home matches, with four wins and two draws.
Swansea (8-4-7) suffered their third defeat in five league matches when they lost 4-1 at Liverpool on Monday evening. The defeat at Anfield left the Swans down in ninth place on 28 points.
The Reds took the lead through Alberto Moreno's close-range finish. Adam Lallana made it 2-0 when Lukasz Fabianski's attempted clearance struck him and the ball bounced into an empty net. Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled a goal back for Swansea before Lallana scored again with a low shot. Jonjo Shelvey then headed into his own goal to complete a miserable night for the Swans.
Goalkeeper Fabianski was unhappy with the result and his own performance against Liverpool but insists Swansea will respond.
"We now head into the QPR game looking to get maximum points," Fabianski told his club's website. "The best response we can give is to bounce back, but we'll prepare well and hopefully put on a good performance.
"We are disappointed with the Liverpool result. And obviously I'm disappointed with myself for the mistake which gave them a goal. It was a bad decision to kick across instead of straight down the middle, and that is one that I'll learn from in the future."
Swansea have struggled on the road, winning just one of their last eight away league matches, a 1-0 victory at Hull City on Dec. 20. They've lost five times and drawn twice in that spell. The Swans have taken just eight points from their nine away league matches. Only Burnley, Leicester and QPR have fewer points away from home this season.
Rangers will be without Sandro, Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) and Yun Suk-Young (ankle).
Swansea midfielder Shelvey begins a four-match ban for violent conduct after elbowing Liverpool defender Emre Can during Monday's defeat. Referee Andre Marriner didn't see the incident but the clash was recorded on video and the Football Association took retrospective action against Shelvey.
The Swans beat QPR 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium in early December. It took 78 minutes for Swansea to break through with a Ki Sung-Yueng goal. Wayne Routledge put the game away five minutes later with a second for the Welsh side.
Swansea completed an emphatic league double over Rangers during the 2012/2013 season, winning 4-1 at the Liberty Stadium after a 5-0 victory at Loftus Road.