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(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke will be looking for his side to continue their excellent start to the season when they welcome Queens Park Rangers to The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
West Brom have won all three home league matches this term and also picked up valuable away points with 1-1 draws at Tottenham and Aston Villa.
The Baggies are sixth in the table with 11 points, and assistant coach Kevin Keen is confident that they can continue to impress - particularly at home.
"The support, the atmosphere and just the mentality of being at home helps," said Keen. "We can do anything here. We can beat anyone at home. Steve has said it in the dressing room on numerous occasions: we can win all our home games.
"When you go away to places like Manchester United and Manchester City, they are tough tasks. You can't hide that - that's how it is, it's just a fact of life. But at the same time, we'll go into those games thinking we can go and get results there. Tottenham away is not an easy game and neither is Villa away. We came away from Villa on Sunday a little bit disappointed, especially after leading the game and playing quite well, which shows us, as the gaffer keeps saying, how far we've come."
QPR remain bottom of the table following a 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Monday evening, but owner Tony Fernandes moved quickly to deny that the poor start to the season might see manager Mark Hughes sacked.
"Mark will sort it out. Look at his record," said Fernandes in a series of Twitter messages. "We would have won if we didn't go down to 10 (following substitute Samba Diakité's red card). I am relaxed and confident. Let's get all our players back and in form and fit and then let's see. Think of Spurs. Keep calm. Six games does not make a season. I have learnt from many wise chairman."
"QPR fans don't worry. We have a great manager. New training ground, new stadium. Great players. This will make us stronger. Along the way to success there will be bumps. I love what we are building and I love being a Ranger. Just love it."
West Brom have doubts over Gareth McAuley (knock), Brad Jones (knee), Chris Brunt (hamstring), Liam Ridgewell (calf), Steven Reid (hamstring) and Jerome Thomas (knee), while Boaz Myhill (wrist) is out. Andrew Johnson is out with a long-term knee injury for QPR, while Jose Bosingwa (hamstring), Armand Traore (leg), Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) and Fabio (hamstring) all face late fitness tests.
QPR have failed to win any of their last five trips to The Hawthorns and have only won three of 19 games at the ground in the club's history. The Baggies have nine points from three games at home this season, but have yet to win away from home. Rangers have gone 16 straight away games without a win - a run that dates back to November 2011. Shaun Wright-Phillips has yet to score for QPR, despite attempting 66 shots during his time at the club.
Updated October 4, 2012