The start of a tough run of games for the Reds, well, any game can be tough – but they don’t come much tougher than as-yet unbeaten QPR under the stewardship of Neil Warnock. Of course, he doesn’t require any introduction – whilst he’s not a popular figure amongst Reds fans, I do rate his abilities as a gaffer and he has a talented squad at his disposal with his latest club.
After a decent-in-parts performance against Coventry, Billy will have a selection poser with Paul McKenna apparently ready for a return to the starting eleven – most likely at the expense of Guy Moussi I would have thought. The only injury issue is Kelvin with his back problem, he’s unlikely to be fielded I would’ve thought – any other changes will be down to the gaffer’s preference.
Our visitors are missing a few players though (although they do have a considerably bigger squad than us!), Ramage, Cook, Hall and Buzsaky are unavailable through injury, Orr and Connolly are suspended it does mean that the Hoops will be fielding a different looking defence. Certainly the level of shuffling required will cause ol’ Colin to at least scratch his head a bit…
QPR have put in an emergency request to recall Mikele Leigertwood from international duty with Antigua whilst they might also be tempted to bring back Heidar Helguson who’s been suffering with a shoulder injury. It will be interesting to see how they line-up – hopefully not with Rob Hulse, who has profited greatly from us in recent seasons and is the perpetual scorer-of-goals-we-seem-suspectible-to-concede-at-the-moment.
Shit, hope Warnock doesn’t read this!
However, we have things to feel positive about – we are unbeaten at home and after an initial run of draws our form at home this season is plotting upwardly – we’ve notched three wins in our last three outings at the City Ground. QPR have a pretty poor record at the City Ground, but will of course be looking to remedy this in a season they’ve started remarkably well.
Highest scorers, lowest conceders – it’s not difficult to see why they occupy the top spot, eleven points ahead of us. Their defensive shortages will hopefully give us opportunities on the offensive but our own defensive frailties – particularly with the potential aerial threat of Rob Hulse – and the potent attacking threat our visitors pose, it’s difficult to envisage this as a low scoring game.
As for who will come out on top, it’s tough to say – both sides are capable of overcoming the other on their day (jesus, talk about stating the bloody obvious, nffc!) – both sides are putting an unbeaten run on the line, albeit ours only being at our own ground. I am concerned about the Rangers front-line and midfield, though.
I’m gonna call it a draw! Both runs intact. I’d love a win though. Preferably featuring some more goal of the season contenders from our midfield… on a complete side note I much prefer QPR’s old badge to their new one… I wonder what made them change it?
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