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Match Preview: Queens Park Rangers

Bees face second West London derby in as many weeks

20 April 2018

With three games to go, the Play-Offs are still in sight and still in reach. Brentford need a win and bitter rivals QPR stand in their way on Saturday afternoon.

The Opposition

The R's can no longer be relegated, nor can they mathmatically reach the top six. So Saturday's match with The Bees sees Ian Holloway's men come to town hoping to upset the push for the Play-Offs. 

Their start to the season was just as turbulent as the rest of the campaign. A win, a loss and a draw got them off to a start that would continue for the rest of the year. That was until November, when the squad went on a run of five defeats in six and drew the other game 2-2 with The Bees.

On 27 November, two late goals from The Hoops saw them come from behind in the final two minutes of added time to draw 2-2 with Brentford. Lasse Vibe had scored twice for The Bees in the second half before Luke Freeman and Matt Smith snatched what had seemed like an impossible point.

The Bees also met QPR in the Carabao Cup Second Round at Loftus Road. That night in August saw Brentford come out on top 4-1, thanks to goals from John Egan, Josh Clarke and Neal Maupay. Ariel Borysiuk also netted an own goal after just 10 minutes.

QPR's last seven games have all seen different results in succession. This lack of consistency has seen them lose three of their last five and win the two games in between. Hull City, Preston North End and Reading have all beaten The Hoops in recent weeks. Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday were the two to fall to the sword, with former Bee Jake Bidwell on the scoresheet at Loftus Road.

Team News

Dean Smith has reported no fresh injury concerns apart from Rico Henry, meaning he has plenty of options for this weekend's match. The last two games has seen the Head Coach make four changes each time with Yoann Barbet, Chris Mepham, Florian Jozefzoon and Ryan Woods all coming in for Fulham on Saturday.

QPR defender Nedum Onuoha is suspended and will miss the match, while goalkeeper Alex Smithies could miss the game to see the birth of his child. That means backup Matt Ingram is waiting for his opportunity at Griffin Park if needed. Defender Joel Lynch will also miss the match, and the rest of the season, with a hamstring injury.

The Manager

Ian Holloway had been out of work for 18 months before he took over as QPR boss a year ago. It is his second spell in charge at Loftus Road. He spent five years at the helm at the turn of the century and took QPR out of the third tier, after overseeing their relegation in 2001. He consolidated them in the second tier before leaving in 2006.

Holloway had a short spell at Brentford during his playing career but was best known for three spells at Bristol Rovers and his time at QPR. He went in to management as player-boss at Bristol Rovers in 1996 and had four years in charge before taking the QPR job. Holloway, 54, took both Blackpool and Crystal Palace to the Premier League and has also managed Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Millwall. He left Millwall in early 2015 and worked for Sky Sports before taking over at QPR.

Pre-Match Views

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Match Coverage

iFollow goes live from Griffin Park at 2.30pm as Matchday Live is hosted by Mark Burridge. Get full commentary of the game as well as punditry from some special guests.

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