QPR vs Sunderland
Winless QPR face Sunderland, who will be feeling confident following their hard earned draw against Manchester United last week. QPR will be hoping to kick-start their season with a win against Sunderland, but both managers will see this as a winnable game and it could turn out to be an entertaining contest.
QPR may be struggling to pick up points, but one thing they do not lack is pace. Five of their players are among the top 20 speeds recorded in the Premier League so far this season. Armand Traore is the pick of the bunch, clocking in at 34.3kmph, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.
In addition to the pace in their side, they possess a hard working core, with Joey Barton being the most hardworking. Barton has covered the 9th most ground in the division, managing 24.37km over the course of his first two games. He remains an important part of Redknapp’s QPR side this year and will be expected to put in another shift against Sunderland.
Loic Remy has attempted more crosses and dribbles than any of his teammates, according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index. With 9 crosses and 11 dribbles so far this season, Remy is the player who poses the biggest threat to Sunderland.
Seb Larsson has covered the most ground for Sunderland two weeks running. The 11.83km he covered against Manchester United is the greatest distance any Sunderland player has covered this season as per the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, and Larsson’s energy has proved to be important so far this season, with Sunderland yet to drop a point.
The quickest Sunderland player so far this season is Connor Wickham. The forward has been recorded running at 33.4kmph according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, and he is looking to be a likely starter again this weekend.
New signing Patrick Van Aanholt has made the most defensive contributions in the Sunderland squad so far this season. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows the ex-Chelsea man has made more tackles (7) and more interceptions (8) than anyone else in team, and the Dutchman is likely to continue in his berth on the left hand side of defence this weekend.