R's host Royals in W12
QPR take on Reading at Loftus Road on Saturday as the domestic season returns this weekend following the international break.
The R’s head into this one on a high after our dramatic late victory against Fulham two weeks ago and will hope that victory can kick-start what has so far been a mixed campaign.
Our visitors Reading are also struggling to find consistency in their performances. The Royals won their opening match of the season but they then went four without a victory before winning three on the bounce in September, which included beating the league leaders Huddersfield. However, Brentford put four past them in their last away outing and before the international break they struggled to a 1-1 draw against Derby.
After a couple of underwhelming league performances - where they’ve finished 19th and 17th respectively - Reading decided to go slightly left-field in the summer appointing their first non-British or Irish manager in Jaap Stam.
The Dutchman, who’s best known for his time as a player with Manchester United, is in his first managerial role but was a coach at Dutch giants Ajax last season.
During the transfer window they brought in 12 players including England Under-21 international John Swift from Chelsea and forward Callum Harriott from Charlton.
Stam has very much brought a continental style of play to the Berkshire club who operate with a possession based 4-3-3 formation, which involves playing from the back and lots of short passes in midfield.
QPR: Hasselbaink will make late calls on his players who have returned from international duty this week, while James Perch is fit after being out for a month with a knee injury.
Reading: Reading boss Jaap Stam has Tyler Blackett available for the trip to Loftus Road. Defender Blackett has served his three-match ban after he was sent off against Brighton in the Capital One Cup in September. Stam has no fresh injury or suspension worries as the Royals resume after the international break.
Predicted line up: (4-3-3) Al Habsi, Gunter, McShane, Moore, Obita, Williams, Evans, McCleary, Swift, Beerens,
Key Player: Gareth McCleary – The speedster, who spent a lot of his early career in the non-leagues has developed into a fine Championship winger with lots of pace and tricks.
PRE MATCH TALK
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “They like possession, they like to keep the ball and they do it well, and calmly. They involve their goalkeeper and split the centre-halves. They try to suck you in so we will have to be at our best.”
Jaap Stam: "We've seen them (QPR) play and they have a lot of quality players within their squad. Physically they are a very strong team. It will be a very tough game, it won't be easy for us to get a result."
QPR win: 11/8
QPR first goal scorer: Tjaronn Chery 9/2
Reading first goal scorer: Yann Kermorgant 6/1
LAST TIME OUT
QPR 1-1 Reading – Championship, Loftus Road, Saturday 23rd April 2016
QPR goal-scorer: Grant Hall
Reading goal-scorer: Deniss Rakels
HEAD TO HEAD
(In all competitions)
QPR wins: 28
Reading wins: 38
Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistant Referees: David Avent and Darren Blunden
Fourth official: Trevor Kettle
SATURDAY’S OTHER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Kick-off times 3pm unless stated
Barnsley v Fulham
Blackburn v Ipswich
Brighton v Preston
Derby v Leeds
Newcastle v Brentford
Norwich v Rotherham
Wigan v Burton
Aston Villa v Wolves (5:30pm)