Despite what the league table says, QPR are set for a difficult afternoon as they prepare to face recently-relegated Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

With several Premier League players still in their ranks, we take a look at three players who could pose a real threat to the Hoops on their trip to the north-east.

Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole of Sunderland controls the ball under pressure of John Mikel Obi

The former Middlesbrough man is a real competitor in the middle of the park, and will be tasked with stopping Massimo Luongo and Luke Freeman from playing their natural game. Sunderland have been low on confidence so far this term, and will be particularly reliant on leaders such as Cattermole to guide them out of situations like this one.

Duncan Watmore

The youngster returned from a long-term injury before the international break and will be in contention to start against QPR today.

The winger runs for fun, and it’ll be crucial that the Hoops full-backs don’t switch off, as Watmore is certainly capable of capitalising on any defensive lapses.

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James Vaughan

The well-travelled striker seems to have been around forever since bursting onto the scene at Everton as just 16.

Now 29, the front-man will be looking to use his experience to unsettle the QPR defence, and with a proven track record in the Championship, he’s more than capable of being a real threat in the penalty area.