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2019/20 Sky Bet Championship Guide: Queens Park Rangers

Former Brentford boss Mark Warburton prepares for his first season with our local rivals

12 June 2019

QPR 2018/19

League Position: 19th (17/18 16th)

Average league attendance: 13,866 (13,928 in 17/18) 

Top league goalscorer: Luke Freeman, Tomer Hemed, Nahki Wells (All Seven)

Queens Park Rangers limped over the finishing line, winning just three league games in 2019, as mid-season hopes of a promotion challenge faded into a desperate attempt to beat the drop. 

Under Steve McClaren, Rangers lost their first four, including an infamous 7-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, before a run of 11 wins from the next 20 had The R's positioned just two points outside the top six following their 3-0 Boxing Day win over Ipswich Town. However, save for an unexpected 1-0 win at home to Leeds United in late February, that victory over The Tractor Boys was QPR's last until mid-April. In between they went on a seven-game losing run and parted company with former England boss McClaren.

John Eustace took charge of the final seven games, doing enough to preserve QPR's second tier status for another season. While they lacked a lethal striker, it was defensively where Rangers struggled most last term. Only the bottom three conceded more goals and no side lost more games by three or more goals than The R's.  

The Ground

The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Miles from Brentford: 4.9

Capacity: 18,439

Address: S Africa Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7PJ

How to get there

The Manager

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Former Bees boss Mark Warburton is the latest to sit in the W12 hotseat, his appointment last month making him the eighth different QPR manager since Harry Redknapp left in February 2015. 

After a successful non-league career with the likes of Enfield Town and Boreham Wood, Warburton got into coaching in the early 2000's, combining Academy roles with his job as a trader. He spent a number of years at Watford, before joining The Bees as a coach alongside Nicky Forster in February 2011. He became Sporting Director that summer before returning to coaching, this time as Head Coach in December 2013. 

Six months later he led us to promotion as runners-up from Sky Bet League One and the following season saw a fifth-place finish in the second tier. Warburton moved to Rangers in the summer of 2015, spending two years north of the border. After winning both the Scottish Championship title and the Scottish Challenge Cup, he came back to England but lasted just nine months in charge of Nottingham Forest in 2017.  

The Key Man

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Luke Freeman - 2018/19 47 appearances, 7 goals

If Luke Freeman has kicked his last ball in anger for QPR, with rumours of a move away from Loftus Road rife, then the Rs will have a tough job to replace the man who has been the heartbeat of their team since his arrival in 2017. Nobody can match Freeman's 21 assists in two seasons while only Matt Smith has scored goals over the same period. The standout nature of his performances was highlighted as he swept the board at QPR's awards last month, taking the Supporters', Players', and Junior Player of the Year prizes plus the Goal of the Season trophy. 

Last Meeting

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 27

Draws: 24

QPR wins: 23

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