Black Cats face QPR test

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Venue: Loftus Road

Kick-off: Sat 9th March, 3pm

Sunderland's season could be defined during Saturday's trip to rock bottom Queens Park Rangers.

Win at Loftus Road, and the Black Cats would be edging closer to Premier League safety. A combination of defeat and results going against them could leave Martin O'Neill's team just three points above the relegation zone.

Speaking ahead of the match, O'Neill said: "We're into the last ten games and I think every game is important obviously, but I think they take on a new significance now."

TEAM NEWS

Defender Wes Brown is missing and is likely to be out for the remainder of the season with a knee ligament injury. However, his defensive compatriot Danny Rose is available after recovering from a hamstring problem.

LEAGUE FORM

Sunderland: WDLLLD

QPR: DDDLLW

RECENT HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • Sunderland 0-0 QPR - 27th Nov 2012
  • Sunderland 3-1 QPR - 24th Mar 2012
  • QPR 2-3 Sunderland - 21st Dec 2011