R's host Wolves live on Sky Sports
QPR have the perfect opportunity to put Saturday’s disappointing result behind them when we take on a struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers at Loftus Road on Thursday evening live on Sky Sports.
The R’s played well for 60 minutes at Portman Road but ended the game in a disappointing manner and were eventually well beaten 3-0.
Wolves’ poor form continued at the weekend with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday and that means it’s been nine games since Wanderers recorded a league victory.
The last five years have been a real mixed bag for the Black Country club. After just managing to stay up in 2011 Wolves looked to have reached rock bottom when they suffered back-to-back relegations. However, a convincing season in League One, where they went up as champions followed by a solid campaign last term looked to have seen them get back on track.
However, disorder has surrounded the club this term. They sacked boss Kenny Jackett just before the season opener and replaced him with Italian Walter Zenga. But the former Sampdoria coach lasted just three months before leaving the club. Paul Lambert took over earlier in November but has not yet led the team to a victory.
Wolves currently find themselves one place above the relegation zone and you have to go back to September 24th for the last time they were victorious in the league. But that’s not to suggest that the Molineux men are not capable of getting a result. On the road this season they have already beat Birmingham City and table toppers Newcastle whilst also securing a point against Aston Villa.
Holloway’s first game in charge against Norwich saw a much needed three points and importantly a fantastic atmosphere at Loftus Road. He will be hoping he can galvanise the team and get our 4th home win under the lights in W12 this season.
QPR: Massimo Luongo returns to the R’s squad after he recovered from the illness that kept him out of the defeat to Ipswich. Elsewhere Steven Caulker is not quite ready yet but should be back in training next week and Jack Robinson remains side-lined.
Predicted line up: Lonergan, Iorfa, Stearman, Hause, Doherty, Coady, Price, Costa, Dicko, Edwards, Bödvarsson.
Key Player: Helder Costa – The Portuguese Under-23 international came through the ranks at Benfica and the midfielder possesses lots of flair and skill.
PRE MATCH TALK
Ian Holloway: “I’ve got a really good understanding of where the lads are now and the football we need to produce. I’ve got to play a way that suits the lads here. Hopefully it wins us enough games to get us to where we want to be. Paul Lambert's had slightly longer at Wolves than I have. Let’s see if I can galvanise our lot and get us a win. It’s about being consistent day in day out, week in week out.”
Paul Lambert: “I’m expecting a tough game, they got a good result against Norwich but had a bad result against Ipswich. Loftus Road is always a tough place. It’s a tight ground and it will be physical but we will try and get on the front-foot and try and get a win.”
QPR win: 7/5
QPR first goal scorer: Sebastian Polter 5/1
Wolves’ first goal scorer: Nouha Dicko 13/2
LAST TIME OUT
QPR 1 - 1 Wolves – Championship, Saturday 23rd January 2016
QPR goal-scorer: Sebastian Polter
Wolves goal-scorer: James Henry
HEAD TO HEAD
(In all competitions)
QPR wins: 14
Wolves’ wins: 17
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant Referees: Mark Jones and Darren Blunden
Fourth official: Keith Stroud
WEEKEND’S LEAGUE FIXTURES
Kick-offs 3pm unless otherwise stated
Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United (7:45pm)
Birmingham City v Barnsley
Blackburn Rovers v Huddersfield Town
Bristol City v Ipswich Town
Burton Albion v Rotherham United
Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Fulham v Reading
Norwich City v Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday v Preston North End
Wigan Athletic v Derby County
Leeds United v Aston Villa (5:30pm)