QPR head to the Lions den
QUEENS Park Rangers face our second away match in four days as we head to south east
London to play Millwall in a Friday night London derby.
The reverse fixture at Loftus Road was one of the games of the season. Millwall raced into a 2-0 lead before a superb Rangers comeback made it 2-2. The R’s threw everything at the visitors, who had gone down to ten men, but both teams had to settle for a point.
Millwall came into that match having only won one of their opening eight games but their form has improved since then, picking up a further five wins and the Lions are unbeaten in their last four home league fixtures. They held league leaders Wolves to a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day.
The Lions success this season has been based around a solid defence with only seven teams, who are all in the top ten, conceding less goals than Millwall. However, they have, like Rangers, somewhat struggled at the other end of the field scoring just 26 goals with only five teams finding the net fewer times.
Neil Harris’ side are yet to record a victory away from the Den but their home form has been impressive, picking up 21 of their 27 points. They have beaten both Leeds and Sheffield United (who are both in the top six) on home soil.
Millwall are known for their direct style of play with the experienced Steve Morison and excellent finisher Lee Gregory a difficult partnership for any side to deal with. They do also have some clever ball playing midfielders in the form of Jed Wallace and Aiden O’Brien whilst George Saville in midfield is their surprise top goal-scorer with seven strikes to his name.
The R’s away record has improved recently. Ollie’s side picked up the first win on the road a couple of weeks’ ago against Birmingham City and backed that up with a well earned point at Portman Road on Tuesday - a game where we recorded our first away clean sheet of the season.
But it’s a victory that Ian Holloway will be looking for as he faces his old team - a result that will guarantee that the R’s finish the calendar year above our opponents.
When and Where?
Friday, 29th December 2017 - kick-off 19:45 - The Den
Last Time Out
QPR rallied from two goals down to claim a point in a pulsating game under the lights at Loftus Road. A wonder strike from Conor McLaughlin and an accurate drive from Jed Wallace put the Lions ahead. But Massimo Luongo halved the deficit in the 73rd minute before Matt Smith’s late equaliser. Rangers almost won it when Luke Freeman hit the crossbar with a free-kick in the 95th minute.
- Millwall have only been losing at half time in one of their home league games this season
- QPR are one point ahead of where they were at this stage last season
- Four out of the last five games between the two teams have been draws
Ian Holloway: “It’s a fantastic challenge for us and what the players need to do is not be
distracted, focus on the game and nothing else. Millwall have got a very good team and, funnily enough, I’m very pleased for them - but I want to go there and win!”
Neil Harris: “We look forward to the game, it’s a London Derby between two teams neck and neck in the division. It’s not just bragging rights but we want to ensure that we remain above QPR in the division.”
QPR: Josh Scowen serves a one-game ban following his red card at Ipswich on Boxing Day, while James Perch and Joel Lynch remain out.
Millwall: Millwall will make late decisions on full-back Conor Mclaughlin and forward Tom Elliott after both suffered knocks against Wolves on Boxing Day.
Keith Stroud: Sent off two QPR players last season (Onuoha and Henry)