Belfast Telegraph

Sanogo back for Palace

Crystal Palace will have on-loan Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo back from a hamstring injury for Saturday's Barclays Premier League match against QPR.

Striker Glenn Murray is also available again following suspension, but midfielder Mile Jedinak continues his four-game ban.

Fraizer Campbell and Marouane Chamakh (hamstring) are both out, while Jordon Mutch is also missing with a thigh strain.

Manager Alan Pardew wants Crystal Palace to repay their fans with some overdue home wins to keep Selhurst Park 'rocking' against Rangers.

The Eagles have not won at home since beating Tottenham on January 10, in stark contrast with their away form with five wins from the last six.

Pardew intends to halt that unwanted statistic against a team with the worst away record in the league.

"We owe it to our fans, our paying customers, that we produce results here, because that is how you keep them turning up every week," Pardew said at a press conference.

"Frankly, the home form since the start of the season has not been good, and we have to improve it.

"We have done enough away from home to stay in the division already, but our home form does not reflect what it should be, so that is where the improvement needs to gain some momentum.

"Our stadium needs to be rocking tomorrow, and if we want to keep it where it is in terms of that support, we have to give them wins."

QPR are hoping defender Darnell Furlong, midfielder Adel Taarabt and forward Eduardo Vargas will recover in time.

Furlong (calf), Taarabt (groin) and Vargas (muscular problem) returned to training this week after missing last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham through injuries. The trio will have to pass late fitness tests.

Midfielder Joey Barton will complete a ban while defender Richard Dunne and midfield pair Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin are still sidelined with knee problems.

Boss Chris Ramsey views the game as a "cup final" with both London sides battling to avoid relegation.

Rangers have lost their last three games, including a 2-1 home defeat to Ramsey's former side Tottenham last time out, and are 18th in the standings - three points adrift of safety.

Palace are 12th but only eight points above QPR.

"I think anybody who can't consider themselves mathematically safe are always going to be looking over their shoulders," Ramsey said.

"We want to drag them closer to us. We want to have as many teams as possible close to the dogfight to give ourselves a chance to stay in the league."

Ramsey took over last month following the resignation of Harry Redknapp.

When the change took place, Ramsey knew he faced a huge challenge to keep QPR in the top flight.

"We understand this game is a cup final for us," he said.

"You don't have to say much to the players. Everyone wants to stay in the division.

"All of our games are a must-win from now on. Everyone is fighting and we have to win soon in order not to become detached."


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