The Baggies have lost only one of their last 11 meetings with Rangers – winning six and drawing four.
The R’s will be desperate to avoid a third-round exit for an eighth time in nine years, bowing out to top flight opposition in each of the last two seasons.
The Baggies have won this competition on five occasions (1888, 1892, 1931, 1954, 1968).
The two sides did not meet in any competition until Saturday, November 6, 1948 when Jack Smith’s side overcame The R’s 2-0 at Loftus Road – some 70 years after Albion were founded in 1878 and 66 years after QPR were established.
Last time out
HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, October 6, 2012, Albion 3 (Morrison 5, Gera 22, Mulumbu 85) QPR 2 (Taarabt 35, Granero 90)
AWAY: FA Cup third round, Saturday, January 5 2013, QPR 1 (Dyer 90) Albion 1 (Long 79)
Form guide (last six league matches)
Last league match line-ups
ALBION (v Reading - away L 3-2): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Thorne, Brunt (c); Dorrans (Rosenberg 79), Morrison, Thomas; Lukaku. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Popov, El Ghanassy, Dawson, Tamas, A Nabi.
QPR (v Spurs – home D 0-0): Cesar; Onuoha, Nelsen, Hill, Fabio; Mbia, Derry, Park; Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs not used: Green (gk), Ferdinand, Cisse, Faurlin, Ben-Haim, Campbell, Bothroyd.
QPR team news
Esteban Granero (hamstring), Armand Traore (knee) and Junior Hoilett (hamstring) all missed QPR’s 0-0 draw with Spurs on Saturday. Jose Bosingwa has missed QPR’s last seven games with a back injury, while Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) remain long-term absentees. Samba Diakite is away on African Nations Cup duty with Mali.
Martin Atkinson oversees today's game. The West Yorkshire official last refereed Albion in December's 2-1 home triumph over Norwich. Atkinson has dished out one red and 97 yellow cards in 25 games this term.
Albion to win: 5/6
QPR to win: 7/2
Djibril Cisse to score the first goal: 8/1
Romelu Lukaku to score the first goal: 5/1
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