Everton v QPR – Match Preview

This will be Everton’s first game of the season after last week’s opener against Tottenham was called off due to the London riots. They’ll come up against a QPR side that suffered an unhappy return to the top flight losing 4-0 at home to Bolton.

Goodison Park will see its first action of the new season although the same set of players will be taking to the field after a lame summer in the transfer market. David Moyes had nothing to spend and will have to rely on the players that have served him admirably over the past few years. QPR on the other hand have been busy during the window but the new faces couldn’t do anything as they capitulated against the Trotters. It was a harsh reality check after so long outside the Premier League and Neil Warnock will be hoping confidence hasn’t been shot. However Goodison Park will be the last place he’ll want to take his troops after their opening day result.

The Toffee’s could have playmaker Mikel Arteta back for the game after his pre-season was hampered by an ankle injury. QPR lost Kieron Dyer three minutes into his debut at Loftus Road and he will be out for a few weeks.

Key Players
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Leighton Baines: The England international will be tasked with dominating the Toffees’ left side and providing the balls into Tim Cahill whilst also holding down his defensive duties.
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Jay Bothroyd: QPR need a regular goal scorer to stand a chance of staying up and their new man will need to start scoring sharpish. Where better to start than at Goodison Park on Saturday?
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Verdict: 2-0