R’s hunting for Easter treat
QUEENS Park Rangers face our second game in four days as the R’s take on Norwich City at Loftus Road on Easter Monday.
The reverse match, back in August at Carrow Road, saw the Canaries run out 2-0 winners thanks to two second half goals. It’s also worth remembering that this fixture last term was Ollie’s first game back in charge and ended in a 2-1 victory for the R’s.
Norwich head to W12 struggling for victories - they have won just one of their last nine games. Their poor run of form has seen them pick up six draws and two defeats with their only win coming before the international break against Reading.
Daniel Farke’s side are comfortably in mid-table with 52 points, but their will undoubtedly be some disappointment with the way their campaign has gone considering just two months ago they were nicely situated for a potential end of season run at the play-offs.
Norwich have a young side with a lot of potential but they have perhaps lacked the experience needed for a gruelling Championship campaign. However, the East-Anglian outfit’s real issue this season has been the lack of striker to put ball the ball in the back of the net. They have scored just 41 goals this campaign - only four teams in the league have found the net on less occasions.
On the road Norwich have been fairly impressive, picking up 26 points, which has included
victories at Sheffield United, Bristol City and Middlesbrough.
The key man to look out for in yellow will be James Maddison. The England Under-21 international has lit up Carrow Road this season with his skill, vision and long-range shooting. It’s important the R’s defence try and stop the service to the attacking midfielder especially in and around the box.
Ollie will be hoping his team can bounce back from a disappointing evening on Friday. The Hoops just couldn’t put the ball in the net despite a dominating performance at the Madejski Stadium but have the chance to quickly put that right on Monday afternoon.
When and Where?
Monday, 2nd April 2018, Loftus Road - Kick-off 3:00 pm
Last Time Out
QPR picked up their first defeat of the season at Norwich City who, in turn, registered their opening victory of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.
The R’s were undone by two goals after the half-time break. First Portuguese international Nelson Oliveira broke the deadlock when he slotted home three minutes after the interval.
And the Canaries rubber-stamped their win when Southampton loanee Harrison Reed’s
outstanding 25-yard effort fizzed past a helpless Alex Smithies.
- Norwich have lost just of their last five games against QPR at Loftus Road
- QPR have won just one of our last ten games against Norwich in all competitions
- 11 goals in the last five matches between the two clubs
Ian Holloway: “Earlier in the season, it was a largely-good performance from us away from home at Carrow Road. But we let in two goals in quick succession and that ruffled us.Fortunately, I don’t think we can be ruffled as much anymore. I expect them to cause us lots of problems like I do every side in this division, but then I expect us to cause them all sorts of problems also. I’m looking forward to it.”
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QPR: QPR have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Canaries visit with the likes of Matt Smith, Eberechi Eze and Massimo Luongo all vying for recalls after featuring from the bench last time out.
Norwich: Norwich are expected to field a similar side to what they did against Fulham on Friday. Key midfielder Tom Trybull remains out with injury.
James Linington: Last refereed QPR in our defeat to MK Dons in the FA Cup back in January.