Crystal Palace v QPR preview: hosts favourites for London derby
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Crystal Palace are all set to welcome relegation-threatened QPR to Selhurst Park in Saturday's early kickoff knowing that three points would likely all but guarantee safety with ten Premier League games to go.

Palace are to be without midfielders Mile Jedinak and Jordon Mutch through suspension and injury respectively, but forward Glenn Murray is set to return from a suspension of his own.

Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell are ruled out with injury, but Yaya Sanogo is fit again after a hamstring problem.

For the visitors, Joey Barton will return from a three-match suspension, but Darnell Furlong, Eduardo Vargas and Adel Taarabt are all set to undergo late fitness tests.

The Eagles are without a win in the last seven meetings of these sides, their last victory against the Hoops coming way back in December 2007. The previous encounter, earlier this season, ended goalless with Palace without a manager and stuck in a relegation scrap. Under the guidance of Alan Pardew, they now enjoy eight points of daylight between themselves and the drop.

Palace boss Alan Pardew has been speaking confidently about his side's chances in this game, but understands that his team need to guard against complacency against a Rangers side fighting tooth and nail for every available point.

"I think it's an important game, probably more so for QPR than for ourselves because of where they are and those three at the bottom of the table really need a win to get back in touch again," he said.

"It's a must-win game for them, but for us we need to make sure we pick up points and wins when we can and then we'll be OK. We have a cushion at the moment but that can be eroded very quickly so tomorrow we have to make sure we're on our mettle."

Meanwhile, QPR's head coach Chris Ramsey has echoed this sentiment, assuring that he has not given up hope of Premier League survival just yet.

“All the games are must-win at the moment for us,” the 52-year-old claimed. “As you’ve seen from the way the players have performed and the effort they have given in the last two games against two of the top teams (Arsenal and Tottenham), everyone is fighting.

“We know we have to win some games soon or we’re going to become detached. Everyone is putting their all into it. I think we are playing well enough to get the points we need.”

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