QPR vs. West Ham United: Match Provides QPR with Best Chance to Earn First Win

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Djibril Cisse of Queens Park Rangers reacts after a missed goal chance during the Capital One Cup third round match between Queens Park Rangers and Reading at Loftus Road on September 26, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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QPR is in danger of relegation if things do not turn around quick. 

So far this season, the Queens Park Rangers have only earned two points in five games and are dead last in the English Premier League. The minus-eight goal differential highlights the struggles.

The club barely survived the cut in 2011 with 37 points on the year, but things are getting worse in 2012. Fortunately, the upcoming match against West Ham United provides the squad with a chance to get back on the winning side.

Inconsistency has plagued the Hammers in the early part of the year. West Ham was able to defeat Fulham by a score of 3-0 but also lost to Swansea City by the same score.

They have been much better at home, earning seven of the team's eight points in league play. Unfortunately, the road features the loss to Swansea City and a scoreless draw against Norwich City, another winless team in the English Premier League.

Conversely, QPR is coming off a very impressive draw against Chelsea in the last home league match.

The key to the win is getting more offensive help for Bobby Zamora. The forward has a goal in four of the team's last six matches, but the squad only has one win in that time—a 3-0 victory in the Capital One Cup over Walsall.

Players like David Hoilett and Park Ji-Sung must get the ball on net when they have an open lane.

On defense, the team needs to keep an eye on Kevin Nolan, a veteran who is not afraid to lace a shot from anywhere on the pitch.

If QPR can handle these tasks and feed off the home crowd, this becomes a very winnable match for this struggling team.

Points are not easy to come by in the English Premier League, arguably the toughest league in the world. It is a long season, but QPR must work to get three points in this match.

Otherwise, the club might end up in too deep of a hole in the standings to find its way back.