The 4th highest goalscorer in the Premier League behind only Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane and Diego Costa with 17 strikes, Charlie Austin continues to be a fantasy football must start in all formats.
One of his four assists in the league came in the tie between these sides in October (the injured Eduardo Vargas the scorer) and he will be keen to add to that tally on Saturday. The Liverpool defence is one of the better units in the league, conceding only 16 goals in 17 home matches but if someone from this QPR side is going to get on the goalsheet this weekend, it will be the Englishman.
Liverpool and the Premier League’s top scorer last season was Luis Suarez on 31 strikes, followed up by Daniel Sturridge on 21. This year Liverpool’s top scorer is Raheem Sterling on 7 goals. Whilst that does illustrate the dramatic decline in what was one of the most prolific attacks in Europe last year, Sterling has been one of the club’s better performers this year and is worthy of a place on your fanfeud lineup. In the absence of Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli through injury, he will again get his chance to lead the line against the league’s worst away defence who have conceded 36 goals on their travels this season.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Croatian has endured one of the toughest debut seasons on Merseyside in living memory following his big money move from Southampton during the summer, leaving many Reds fans wondering where the defender was who appeared so commanding last season for the Saints. In the match at Loftus Road in October he turned in a man of the match display in a 2-3 victory for the Reds but that was an unusual occurrence. In the past few weeks however, he has turned in consistently good performances giving Reds fans hope for his future at Liverpool. Last season Lovren scored twice from set pieces for Southampton and has threatened in recent weeks to get off the mark for his new employers. I think Liverpool are a good bet to get the clean sheet on Saturday meaning even if he doesn’t score he will still contribute valuable points to your lineup. But if he does score… well, you would be hard pressed to name a differential much better than the giant Croat!
Source: Donnacha Brennan