Hughes will also be searching for his first away win since taking over at Loftus Road in Januray, having gone 18-top-flight games on the road without a win.
Hughes has seen his side draw four and lose six of their opening ten fixtures, with rumours rife about the security of his job.
Despite their awful away form, Hughes will take comfort the last away win QPR managed came at the Britannia almost a year ago.
Tony Pulis’ side have struggled this season, losing 1-0 to Norwich City last time out. They are unbeaten at the Britannia in their last 11, winning four and drawing seven, however they are without a win in their last four league games.
Stoke will be without Rory Delap and Michael Owen for the game, Delap is undergoing a hernia operation, whilst Owen is struggling with a hamstring injury.
QPR captain Park Ji-Sung is still a doubt after he missed last weekend’s draw against Reading with a knee injury.
Stephane Mbia continues his three-match suspension after serving the first game of his ban last week.
Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 QPR