Monday, February 15, 2010
Jay DeMerit and Watford aim to put an end to their road woes while Stuart Holden hopes to make his Bolton debut against Wigan.
QPR - Watford
A mid-table affair is on the docket Tuesday evening for Jay DeMerit and Watford who travel to Loftus Road to face Queen's Park Rangers.
Since recovering from eye injury, DeMerit has been stellar on the back line for the Hornets and will once again be part of head coach Malky Mackay's starting 11 on Tuesday.
Watford has been woeful away from Vicarage Road this season as they look for their first road victory in league play since a 0-1 win at Middlesborough way back on October 17th.
Snatching three points in west London could go a long way towards rekindling the club's run towards the promotion playoffs. Watford are currently eight points behind Leicester City for the fourth and final playoff spot.
QPR's recent string of poor results have landed the R's perilously close to the relegation zone. Interim head coach Mick Harford's squad has dropped five in a row and have still not registered a win in 2010.
It does not help that the hosts will be without striker Marcus Bent who is sidelined with a hamstring injury and Mikele Leigertwood who is suspended.
Midfielders Martin Rowlands and Gavin Mahon are also out with long-term injuries.
Watford's Heidar Helguson is unavailable due to his loan agreement with the QPR while Tom Cleverley is questionable due to a nagging knee injury.
Stuart Holden will hope to see some minutes as a second half substitute for Bolton who travel to Wigan on Wednesday.
Plymouth head coach may opt to bring on Kenny Cooper as an offensive spark plug in the second half as the Pilgrims take on Swansea City on Tuesday.
Frank Simek is expected to start on the bench on Tuesday evening when Sheffield Wednesday host Doncaster
Mike Grella may see some second half action for League One promotion contender Leeds United who do battle with Walsall on Tuesday.