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QPR have notched up three straight home wins in recent weeks, whilst losing as many games on the road during some recent away day struggles.
The latest came on Saturday when the Hoops threw away a second-half 1-0 lead at the ABAX Stadium against a relegation-threatened Peterborough United side.
Ilias Chair had given the visitors the lead five minutes into the second half via a corner fortunately curling straight into the back of the net, before being pegged back shortly after, and then conceding the losing goal in stoppage time.
As a result, Mark Warburton‘s side will be glad to be playing in front of their own supporters on Tuesday, where they have already beaten League One Oxford United and Premier League Everton in the previous two rounds of the competition.
Penalties were required to defeat Everton in round three, and also at Leyton Orient in round one back in August, in a competition that they have won just once before – back in 1967.
Experienced defender Lee Wallace remains unavailable for the hosts on Tuesday, as well as long-term absentee Sam Field.
Sam McCallum was replaced late on against Peterborough on Saturday due to a hamstring injury, and after being sidelined only recently, he may not be risked as a result.
Changes to their starting 11 are expected due to their challenge for a playoff place in the Championship, which could mean the likes of Andre Gray, Moses Odubajo, Osman Kakay and Luke Amos come back into the lineup.
Meanwhile, the visitors remain without long-term absentees of their own – with Arbenit Xhemajli and Jordan Willis remaining on the sidelines.
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Niall Huggins will also miss out due to a shoulder injury, whilst Nathan Broadhead may remain out due to his recent absence through injury.
Manager Johnson has admitted that changes will be required during their busy schedule of fixtures.
Queens Park Rangers possible starting lineup:
Dieng; Dickie, Dunne, de Wijs; Odubajo, Amos, Johansen, Kakay; Chair; Willock, Gray
Sunderland possible starting lineup:
Burge; Winchester, Wright, Flanagan, Hume; O’Nien, Neil; Dajaku, Embleton, Gooch; Stewart