R’s looking to bounce back against Derby
QUEENS Park Rangers take on play-off hopefuls Derby County at Loftus Road under the lights tomorrow evening.
The R’s will be looking to fair much better than we did last time out when we were well
beaten 5-2 by Nottingham Forest.
Despite being in the play-off positions Derby are going through a slightly sketchy period having won just one of their last eight matches. Before this run started they had conceded just three goals in 14 matches but have shipped ten in the last five including two on the weekend in a defeat to Fulham.
The Rams still find themselves in a very healthy position but in previous years have squandered good opportunities to at least make the play-offs so they won’t want history repeating itself in terms of the way the season ends.
Having spent a good number of years in the Premier League previously, Derby will feel they are a team that belongs in the top flight. The infrastructure of the club and the quality of players they have usually makes them a good candidate for promotion but they have fallen short in recent years.
They have shown great consistency both home and away this season with only three teams picking up more points than them on the road.
Their team is full of experienced players - Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Scott Carson and Andreas Weimann have all racked up a good number of appearances in the Premier League. However, their key man is perhaps Matej Vydra who has scored 18 goals this season and was on the score-sheet when the two sides met back in November.
That game ended in a disappointing 2-0 defeat for QPR who simply did not turn up on the night. In fact, we have struggled in recent games against Derby although we did win the most important match between the two clubs when defeating them in the play-off final back in 2014 thanks to Bobby Zamora’s late winner.
Before an unexpected 5-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest it’s worth remembering that QPR had won three of our last four home games - keeping two clean sheets in the process.
Ollie’s side are 16th in the table but will be hoping to increase the nine points that separate us and the teams in the relegation zone.
Tickets on sale for QPR v Derby
When and Where?
Tuesday, 5th March 2018 - Kick-off 7:45 pm - Loftus Road
Last Time Out
Matej Vydra scored his eighth Championship goal of the season as Derby moved into the play-off places.
Vydra struck with the first effort on target in first-half injury time from Andreas Weimann's cross. Wales winger Tom Lawrence made it 2-0 soon after the break, cutting in from the left and scoring from 20 yards.
- Derby have conceded two or more goals in their last four matches
- QPR have scored 13 of our 38 goals after the 75th minute this season
- QPR have not scored in our last three games against Derby
Ian Holloway: “Derby are looking to get promoted this season, they're one of the top teams in this division who play the 4-2-3-1 – and we haven't beaten anyone who does that. So we've been thinking about how we're going to beat them on Tuesday night. We've had a high-tempo and high-press in a lot of our home games this season – we didn't last time out. It's up to us to try and find the right balance.”
Gary Rowett: “Ian’s teams are always up for it and they always work incredibly hard. They will always try to press and put you under pressure, you’ve got to play your football when you need to, and we know that we’re good enough to go there and win the game, but we also have to be respectful of what they offer and how determined they will be.”
QPR: QPR will again be without the services of Jamie Mackie (back), Idrissa Sylla (calf), David Wheeler (ankle) and Grant Hall (knee) but Joel Lynch is expected to be fit after overcoming an illness.
Derby: Derby will be without forward Sam Winnall (knee) who has undergone surgery for a knee injury. Defender Chris Baird will also miss out through suspension.
Simon Hooper: Has handed out just one red card in his last 12 games.