QPR v Aston Villa: Rangers under pressure to deliver at home

Having witnessed a rarity at the Stadium of Light with a clean sheet against Sunderland on Tuesday, Queens Park Rangers face another side struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Stalemate | Harry Redknapp and Martin O’Neill look on as Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland draw a blank on Tuesday. (Image | BBC)

Aston Villa are the visitors to Loftus Road as Harry Redknapp looks to lead the Rs to their first win of the season.

Fourteen games in, can the wait for a victory possibly go on any longer?

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It’s pedigree chimp as abandoned ape joins pups

THIS pack of peckish puppies have an unusual prime-mate — as they tuck into their dinner alongside a CHIMP.

Grub's pup | Dinner with chimp. (Image | The Sun)
Grub’s pup | Dinner with chimp. (Image | The Sun)

The ape was abandoned by her mum in a zoo and taken in by a keeper who owned a female mastiff.

And when his dog gave birth to a litter she raised the chimp as her own.

The nappy-wearing ape even shares a bed with the pack, in pics posted on a blog in Russia.

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Head banker bangs heads

Big five need £35bn disaster funds

SIR Mervyn King ripped into Britain’s banks yesterday — claiming they need to raise £35billion to get back in the black.

Blast | Sir Mervyn King. (Image | The Telegraph)
Blast | Sir Mervyn King. (Image | The Telegraph)

The BANK OF ENGLAND Governor said they were woefully underestimating potential losses from Europe.

And he warned they faced billions more pounds of potential fines and penalties from PPI and Libor. In all, banks may need to raise another £35billion to shore up their balance sheets — and guard against disaster.

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TalkTalk use lolly

CORPORATE sponsorship is breaking new ground as TALKTALK funds … lollipop ladies.

Sponsor | Lollipop lady funded by TalkTalk in Bedfordshire. (Image | The Sun)
Sponsor | Lollipop lady funded by TalkTalk in Bedfordshire. (Image | The Sun)

The self-styled “value” telecoms group is in talks with Wandsworth Council in South West London.

Initially, TalkTalk expects to pay for three school crossing patrols but sources claim up to half of the part-time council workers could be funded by the firm. Talks to confirm a deal took place yesterday.

A TalkTalk spokesman said the move was designed to promote its HomeSafe internet security product.

He told The Sun: “We’re like the Green Cross Code of the internet.” TalkTalk sponsored two patrols in Bedfordshire this summer.

The tie-up comes four months after the Tory-led council sparked fury by saying it couldn’t afford £198,000 a year for school crossing patrols. Only this week Wandsworth announced plans to spend £35,000 on new trees.

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27st tiger is my best friend

FEARLESS Abdullah Sholeh poses with his best friend — a 27-stone Bengal tiger called Mulan.

Best pals | Abdullah and Mulan hug, but the tiger sometimes scratches her friend. (Image | One India)

The big cat has been raised by Abdullah, 31, since she was a three-month-old cub.

Now besotted Abdullah cuddles, plays and even has mock fights with the four-year-old tiger, who he looks after full-time for owner Noer Mohammaed Sholeh.

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Mark Hughes departs, leaving that familiar manager-less feeling…

In a move that sent hundreds of pre-match previews up in flames, Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes was dismissed from his post after a run of 12 games without a win and with his team bottom of the Premier League.

Mutiny | Supporters turned on Mark Hughes during and after the 3-1 defeat to Southampton. (Image | Daily Mail)

Without any background or contextual information, the sacking is a black and white affair, something that few can have any complaints about.

If an individual employed to nurture players into a cohesive unit that is able to function effectively in the Premier League fails to do this once over a dozen matches, then he deserves to be fired for effectively breaching the terms of his contract.

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Manchester United v QPR: the hapless Rs face a battering on the road

Feel comfortable at the thought of Robin van Persie running at Anton Ferdinand in a one-on-one contest in front of 75,000 supporters? Me neither.

Fearsome | Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has scored 11 goals already this season. (Image | BBC)

This game is nothing short of terrifying, pitting winless Queens Park Rangers against the fearsome might of Manchester United in a match where one side will be driven back to London on a stretcher, with frantic medics desperately resuscitating the lifeless QPR corpse down the M1. Who will come out on top? It is not even a question worth asking.

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Sunderland v QPR: Can Rangers start their great escape early?

With the dust barely having settled on the departure of Mark Hughes and arrival of Harry Redknapp as Queens Park Rangers manager, the Rs travel to Sunderland to take on Martin O’Neill’s struggling side.

Dismal run | No wins in 13 games and a 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton have placed enormous pressure on this game. (Image | Saints FC)

Having failed to win their opening 13 games, surprisingly Rangers have not yet been cut adrift. A victory here would not only haul The Black Cats into the relegation battle, but bring QPR to within four points of safety.

Can Harry Houdini make an early start on his latest great escape with a win in the north east?

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Hughes loses his spark as QPR axe yet another boss

No sooner had it been confirmed that Queen’s Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes had been sacked, than reports were springing up on television, social media and the internet that Harry Redknapp was being interviewed by the club.

Saviour | Harry Redknapp was very quickly drafted in to clean up the mess left behind by the departing Mark Hughes. (Image | The Guardian)

It is hard to avoid the feeling that the dismissal of Hughes has been a week-long affair. On Monday, when it was falsely announced that the Welshman had been given his marching orders, there was clearly no smoke without fire.

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