QPR vs. Everton: Why Sunday's Match Is a Must-Win for Each Club

Steven GerwelFeatured Columnist IVOctober 21, 2012

WIGAN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Everton player Leighton Baines in action during the Barclays Premier League game between Wigan Athletic and Everton at DW Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Everton (4-2-1) will take on the Queens Park Rangers (0-2-5) on Sunday, October 21, at 11:00 am ET. 

At first glance, this looks to be a lopsided match between Everton, who has performed surprisingly well this season, and the Queens Park Rangers, who have yet to win a match this season. 

But in reality, this is a match that both teams are somewhat desperate to win. 

In seven games, Everton ranks fourth in the Premier League with four wins and two draws, while they are tied for third in the league with 14 points. 

Last season, Everton finished 15-11-12 and failed to qualify for the Champions League, so they're hoping to have better luck this time around. 

Everton hasn't suffered a loss since the third match of the season against West Brom. In their last four matches, Everton has two wins, two draws and 10 goals. 

Manager David Moyes is hoping his team will maintain its momentum and eventually qualify for the Champions League, and a good start would be handing Queens Park their sixth loss of the season. 

But even Moyes admits that defeating the Rangers is not as easy as it sounds. 

David Moyes insists getting a result at QPR will be no easy task despite the points gap between Sunday's opponents... evertonfc.com/news/archive/2…

— Official Everton (@Everton) October 20, 2012

QPR suffered an embarrassing 5-0 loss against Swansea City to start the season, and they've struggled to regain focus ever since. 

During their last match against West Brom, the Rangers suffered a 3-2 loss, but they scored two goals for the first time this season, which is possibly a sign that they're beginning to improve. 

At the very least, the club is desperate to come up with their first win of the season and their two-week break has given them time to prepare. 

With an embarrassing start to the season, the Rangers will do anything in their power to win on Sunday. 

As for Everton, a loss to the worst team in the Premier League could be the event that finally kills their momentum and send them in a negative direction. 

So for both teams, a win is a must.