Derby Day spoils are on the line once again tonight as we head to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium to take on Queens Park Rangers. Both sides come into this game in rude form with Rangers registering four wins in five while we have won eight of our last ten in the second tier. Add in the spice of a local derby and it's going to be a white hot night under the lights in W12.
QPR looked like they might be getting sucked into a relegation battle following a nine game spell in November and December that yielded just four points but four wins in their last five has seen Mark Warburton's side open up a five-point buffer between themselves and the bottom three.
The W12 outfit have beaten Luton Town, Cardiff City, Watford, and Blackburn Rovers in that run with their only defeat a 1-0 reverse at home to Derby County.
They have also tightened up significantly at the back after conceding a league high 76 goals last term. Warburton's side have let in just eight goals in their last 11 matches, keeping clean sheets in three of their last five.
At the other end, however, and without Ebere Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel, the goals have also dried up. They have scored just ten in the 14 league games since our last meeting with Ilias Chair (pictured above) and Lyndon Dykes leading their scoring charts with five league strikes each.
Our injury news is unchanged from Sunday with Christian Norgaard and Emiliano Marcondes getting closer while Pontus Jansson, Shandon Baptiste, and Luka Racic remain on the long-term absentee list.
QPR had no game at the weekend due to Rotherham United's frozen pitch and only have Luke Amos, Tom Carroll, and Charlie Owens (all knee) unavailable.
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 of 2019.
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 oversaw a fifth-place finish in the second tier. Warburton moved to Glasgow 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.
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HOW TO FOLLOW
Tonight's game is live on iFollow as well as the Sky Sports Red Button.
Season Ticket and Premium Seat Holders already have VIP access to the game but match passes are also available for £10 (£7 international fans) so you can watch live.