QPR boss Neil Warnock admits his team have been working non-stop on set pieces this week to combat Stoke’s biggest weapon in tomorrow’s clash.
It appears 75 percent of City goals this season have come from dead-ball situations, not least because Rory Delap’s prodigious throws cause mayhem in the opposition box.
But Warnock admits his side will also need a bit of luck to withstand the aerial bombardment for 90 minutes.
He said: “We know what’s coming, and we have to deal with it. But to get away free from there, you need a bit of luck over the course of an entire match, and we hope we get a bit.”
The manager is set to name the same starting XI that did well against Manchester City and continue to exclude Adel Taarabt.
The talented midfielder featured for Morocco this week, but Warnock insists the changes against the league leaders last time out came within an ace of extracting a point at least.
Matt Connolly, Fitz Hall, Keiron Dyer and DJ Campbell are all missing for the trip to the Britannia, otherwise everyone else is fit including midfielder Akos Buzsaky who has overcome an injury problem.