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Monday, October 20, 2008

Swansea vs QPR Previews and Team News

Sporting Life - Team News - QPR SWEAT OVER HALL FITNESS
Fitz Hall will be given a late fitness check ahead of QPR's trip to Swansea.
The defender had to be replaced by Matthew Connolly after an hour of Saturday's 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest as he was suffering with an illness.
Boss Iain Dowie will also have to make at least one change to his bench, with back-up goalkeeper Lee Camp set to join Nottingham Forest on loan having lost his first-team spot to Radek Cerny this season.
Teenage striker Angelo Balanta will hope to keep his place after scoring the opening goal at the weekend, while Akos Buzsaky proved his fitness following his summer ankle surgery with a stunning second.
Rowan Vine is the Hoops' only long-term absentee as he continues to battle back from a broken leg.
Swansea midfielder Thomas Butler is facing a race against time to feature.
The winger missed the victory against Wolves two weeks ago with a groin injury and was only a late substitute for the 2-2 draw at Ipswich at the weekend.
Butler has now aggravated the knock and faces a late fitness test as Roberto Martinez's men aim for a victory that could see them leapfrog Rangers and move into the play-off positions.
Spanish midfielder Andrea Orlandi is another doubt as he is struggling to overcome a thigh problem that ruled him out of the Portman Road clash.
Wales Under-21 midfielder Shaun MacDonald suffered a slight ankle injury in the European Championship qualifying play-off defeat to England last week but is expected to return." Sporting Life

Swansea Official Site - Big Match Preview: QPR (H)
Swansea City v Queens Park Rangers
Coca-Cola Championship
Tuesday October 21, 2008 (7.45pm)

Swans Team News
Midfielder Andrea Orlandi is set to miss out with a thigh injury after not making Saturday's trip to Portman Road.
The only other concern is that of fellow winger Tom Butler who faces a late fitness test on a hamstring injury.

QPR Team News
Goalkeeper Lee Camp will definitely not be involved following his loan move to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.
Other team news to follow.

Last time out
Iain Dowie's side picked up their first league win since mid-September when they beat rock-bottom Nottingham Forest 2-1 on Saturday.
They took the lead minutes into the second-half through youngster Angelo Balanta and doubled that advantage on the hour when Akos Buzsaky fired a stunning strike past Paul Smith in the Forest goal.
Lewis McGugan denied the R's a clean sheet when he pulled one back for the visitors six minutes from time.

Last Meeting Tuesday August 24, 2004
QPR 3 Swans 0 - Carling Cup Round 1
Kenny Jackett's first return to his former club ended in disappointment as the Swans were dumped out of the League Cup at the first hurdle.

The home side had to wait until the 39th minute before Jamie Cureton opened the scoring, while further strikes late on from Martin Rowlands and Kevin Gallen ensured that the Loftus Road side would progress.
Gallen also missed a penalty and Kevin Austin was sent off for the visitors.

QPR: Day, Bignot, Padula, Forbes, Shittu (Bean, 20'), Cook, Santos, Rowlands, Cureton (Bircham, 56'), Gallen, Furlong (McLeoad, 52'). Not Used: Cole, Edghill.
Swans: Gueret; Ricketts, Monk, Austin, Tate; Forbes, Britton, O'Leary, Robinson (Fisken, 61'), Nugent (Maylett, 61'), Trundle. Not Used: Murphy, Connor, Jones.
Attendance: 4,882

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Ticket News
Home end tickets are available for this game right up until kick-off.
For details of ticket prices please click HERE or alternatively call the Liberty Stadium Ticket Office on 08700 400 004.

Park & Ride
The facility at Swansea Vale (Junction 45) will be in operation as will the Landore Park & Walk adjacent to the Liberty Stadium with a charge of £5 for each car.

- See Also: Football Grounds Guide: Swansea

- Also Posted Earlier: QPR Report: Previous Meetings and Stats

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