Saturday 30th August 2014 | Kick-off: 16.00 | Loftus Road
Charlie Austin is expected to recover from the hamstring knock that kept him out of last week’s loss at Tottenham. In defence, Nedum Onouha replaced Richard Dunne at the break against Spurs and may start this time around. Alejandro Faurlin has been sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, while Eduardo Vargas is still awaiting his work permit.
Gus Poyet has a fully-fit squad to choose from after Adam Johnson and Emmanuel Giaccherini returned to fitness in the midweek cup match with Birmingham. Johnson could oust Will Buckley on the right, with Connor Wickham once again stationed on the opposite flank, allowing Steven Fletcher to lead the line. Billy Jones will be pushing for a start at right-back but may have to settle for a bench role, with Santiago Vergini impressing in recent matches.