It's Derby Day in West London as we prepare to take on Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. We head to W12 off the back of a 3-0 victory over Swansea City while Rangers will go second with victory. Below you will find all the info ahead of a mouth-watering Sky Bet Championship affair.
- QPR have lost five of their last seven against us in all competitions (W1 D1 L5), but won this exact fixture last season 3-2 in November 2018.
- We have scored at least twice in each of our last seven games against QPR in all competitions, most recently winning 3-0 at Griffin Park back in March.
- QPR have won their last two home league London derbies - they've not won three such games in a row since April 1995 when they were in the Premier League.
- We have scored six goals in our last three away league games (W2 D0 L1), as many as we had in our previous 12 on the road (W3 D2 L7).
- This will be only Mark Warburton's second match in any competition against us, winning 4-3 with Nottingham Forest in August 2017.
- Nahki Wells has scored seven goals in his 11 league games for QPR this season - the same number he scored in 40 appearances last term.
One of the pre-season favourites for the drop, Queens Park Rangers have surprised many by occupying a Play-Off spot for much of the opening quarter of the season.
With Parachute Payments from the Premier League now a thing of the past, Mark Warburton's first job was to further trim The R's bloated squad. Experienced professionals Jake Bidwell, Joel Lynch, Matt Smith, Luke Freeman, and Alex Baptiste were among 11 players to leave permanently with just five heading the other way. Geoff Cameron [Stoke City] and Marc Pugh [AFC Bournemouth] provided the experience alongside youngsters Dominic Ball [Rotherham United], Conor Masterson [Liverpool], and Dillon Barnes [Colchester United].
The final couple of weeks of the Transfer Window also saw Jordan Hugill [West Ham] and Nahki Wells [Burnley], pictured above, come in on loan with the pair forming a lethal partnership in the early weeks of the season. The duo have seven goals each to their name, with much sought-after Ebere Eze chipping in with six in the early stages of the campaign.
Never one to abandon his attacking principles, every Sky Bet Championship game including Warburton's R's this term has seen at least 1.5 goals with the 3.86 average goals in each home game the third highest figure in the second tier. With Rangers heading into tonight's game having conceded at least twice in their last five matches, while we arrive with six goals in two games to our name, it promises to be an enthralling evening in W12.
A man well known to the Brentford faithful, Mark Warburton became QPR's eighth different manager in just over four years when he took charge in the summer.
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.
We will be without Sergi Canos and Nikos Karelis for tonight's encounter while Luka Racic and Mads Bech Sorensen are pushing for inclusion after returning to full fitness.
For QPR, joint-top scorer Jordan Hugill is suspended, Bright Osayi-Samuel his likely replacement. Luke Amos and Lee Wallace are back in contention but the game will come too early for Grant Hall.
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