QPR will be looking to bounce back from the 6-0 thrashing dealt to them by neighbours Fulham in their last Premier League fixture. QPR covered a total of 105.7km in that game, 5% less than their previous lowest total (111.1km vs Bolton)
Joey Barton was once again QPR’s hardest working player, covering 10.9km, with an average speed of 5.56 miles per hour.
Despite the result, Barton’s industrious performance moved him up 13 places in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to 66th position
Barton has put himself forward for the Euro 2012 squad this week, and he is the 8th ranked English midfielder in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index having won 77% of tackles, got 60% of shots on target, and averaging a pass completed in his opponents half every 6 minutes 4 seconds
QPR’s next highest ranked player is Alejandro Faurlin in 80th place
Adel Taarabt made headlines when he left the pitch in frustration at half time versus Fulham. The midfielder may have reason to be frustrated, as he remains the player in the Barclays Premier League to have had most shots on target without scoring (14) with 58% of overall shots on target and a pass completed in his opponent’s area every 4 minutes 7 seconds but no assists. Warnock’s faith in him should be supported, as the midfielder is surely due a change in fortune soon
QPR’s opponents Blackburn may have been grateful for the international break having suffered a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Fulham’s neighbours Chelsea in their last fixture
Blackburn covered a total of 110.7km in that fixture with Morten Gamst Pederson covering the most ground with 12.3km
Blackburn’s Canadian striker David Hoillett has been the subject of transfer speculation this week, and is 10th most prolific crosser of the ball in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 20. He has also scored once from 4 shots on target, and is the 6th most successful dribbler of the ball having completed 22.
Hoillett is Blackburn’s highest ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index in 74th place