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Opposition View: Queens Park Rangers

21 April 2017

GetWestLondon's Tom Moore previews tomorrow's derby with QPR

QPR head to Griffin Park six points above the drop zone, is there any concern given they aren’t mathematically safe yet?

QPR won’t go down. They already have enough points to stay up now. I can’t see Blackburn Rovers picking up enough points to overhaul them. There are three worse sides than QPR so they will stay up although that might possibly be more due to other side’s inefficiencies rather than anything else. Not being in the bottom three is all they care about now.

The new man at the helm, Ian Holloway, had some choice things to say about Brentford pre-season, do those comments add a little extra to the occasion?

Ian Holloway knows that those comments upset a load of the Brentford fans. There were a few chants of “Ollie, Ollie, What’s the score” when the two sides met at Lotus Road. He knows that if Brentford get on top and are ahead in the game then he could be in for a bit of stick. He will be concerned about his words coming back to haunt him, especially with Brentford safe and QPR not quite there yet.

More Pre-match build-up

Dean Smith: “We have the potential to do the double over QPR which would be very good for our supporters”

Romaine Sawyers: "“We want to please the fans and we know this one will please them that little bit more”

October's game was a first home defeat to Brentford for QPR in more than 50 years, how would they take to a first double in more than half a century?

The players were hurting a lot after the game at Loftus Road. They know that losing twice in a season to Brentford could almost be considered a criminal offense as it were. They will be out for revenge. I am expecting quite a physical game with tackles flying in early which may suit QPR more than Brentford.

So you see QPR trying to turn tomorrow’s game into a derby battle?

Definitely. Brentford are a much more technical side rather than a physical one, which is how Ian Holloway might set his team up to be. A derby battle is QPR’s best way of winning. If they try to out-pass, out-press, and out-skill Brentford then they will come undone. If they try and out-muscle Brentford and put them off with niggly tackles, then that is their best way to win. Their best way to win is to turn it into a battle rather than a football match.

Who from the QPR side could be the keys?

QPR’s best player is goalkeeper Alex Smithies: he will sweep the board at the Player of the Season awards. If he has a difficult game, then it will be a difficult game for QPR. Massimo Luongo has had a very good season. He has been running the midfield. Up front Matt Smith and Connor Washington have worked quite nicely as a duo and it will be a good battle between them and Harlee Dean.

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