English Premier League: Winless Trio Face Tough Tasks This Weekend

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistOctober 18, 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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Going into the eighth set of matches in the English Premier League season, only three clubs remain winless.

To no one's surprise, those three clubs reside in the bottom three of the EPL table.

The problem facing Queens Park Rangers, Norwich City and Reading this weekend is that they all play difficult opponents.

At the moment, the club facing the biggest crisis is QPR—failing to succeed despite bringing in over 10 new signings to the club this summer.

Mark Hughes and company will host Everton at Loftus Road on Sunday, in a match that the club are heavy underdogs.

The problem in the first seven matches for the club has not been scoring goals, it has been conceding them.

QPR have conceded 16 goals this season, with seven of them coming in the last three matches.

Adding to that problem is the R's opponent on Sunday—Everton have scored two or more goals in their past four matches.

QPR are not the only winless club facing a team from Merseyside this week as Reading make the trip to Anfield to play Liverpool.

The Royals have shown the most potential to secure their first win in the past few weeks after two consecutive draws.

The two draws did not come easily, as they held Newcastle at home to a 2-2 draw and then drew to Swansea on the road by the same score.

A trip to Anfield this weekend will not be easy for Brian McDermott's club, but Liverpool are not exactly the strongest club at the moment either.

Liverpool have had their struggles as well with only one win thus far this season.

While Reading have a chance of pulling off the upset on Saturday, Norwich's chances of beating Arsenal are slim to none.

Norwich head into their home match with Arsenal on Saturday with plenty of concerns on defense.

The Canaries have given up nine goals in their past two matches to Liverpool and Chelsea.

Another reason for the 19th-placed club to be concerned is that Arsenal are currently a better road team.

Arsenal have not lost on the road this season in four matches and a trip to Carrow Road will not scare Arsene Wenger's men one bit.

Norwich's home form has not been as stellar as their opponent's road record with only two draws and a loss in three matches at Carrow Road this season.

While none of the three winless clubs in the EPL are expected to win this weekend, there is always the potential for an upset.

But, with the poor form that all three clubs have shown so far this season, pulling off an upset is just wishful thinking.

Eventually, all three clubs in the bottom three will win a match, but do not expect this to happen this weekend.