A win at Villa Park will make massive difference to league table, says Redknapp


Premier League football will be on the line for both QPR and Aston Villa when they meet this Saturday.


By Pete Thompson

Harry Redknapp insists Premier League football will be on the line for both QPR and Aston Villa when they meet at Villa Park on Saturday.

QPR have a clean bill of health ahead of the game with Bobby Zamora expected to start having recovered from a mid-week virus.

And the Rangers boss is fully aware of the impact the game could have on the battle at the bottom of the table.

“It’s a big game – a massive one for both teams,” said Redknapp.

“We’re both in the relegation battle and it’s going to have an important bearing on the league table.

“We know what’s on the line – Premier League football, which everyone at the club desperately wants again next year.

QPR are bottom of the table with 23 points, just four behind Villa who sit in 17th, with eight games remaining.

And Redknapp is hoping to guide his team to a third consecutive win and three points that would lift them to within just one of safety.

“A win, for both teams, would make a massive difference to how the table would look on Sunday morning.

“We have to be ready for the game. It will be a great atmosphere at a good ground, stadium, and good club.”

QPR recovered to beat Sunderland 3-1 last week while Villa also claimed a valuable three points in a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Reading.

And the Rangers boss believes they will prove a lot of people wrong if they can continue their current form and escape the drop.

“It was a great result last week to come from behind and get three goals.

“People wrote us off about four weeks ago and said ‘they’re gone, it’s who goes with them’.

“But we’ve put ourselves back in the picture from a situation where we were viewed as no-hopers. Now we’re back in there with half a chance.”

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