R's looking to hunt down Wolves
QPR will face arguably our toughest game of the season on Saturday when travelling up to the Midlands to play top of the table Wolves.
The West Midlands outfit has been by far and away the Championship’s most impressive team so far this season and their superiority over other sides has been reflected in their nine-point lead at the top of the table.
Wolves have not been out of the top six all campaign and are now the clear favourites to win the Championship this season and more importantly gain promotion to the Premier League.
Glittered with internationals and loan signings from some of the biggest teams in the world, Wolves’ unique style of play and individual quality has seen them prosper in the Championship this season.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s side is unsurprisingly pretty much top of every single meaningful Championship statistic. They have conceded the least amount of goals (22) and scored the most (54). The men from Molineux have picked up the most points both at home (35) and away this term (33).
Before their shock defeat to Nottingham Forest last month, Wolves had gone 13 games unbeaten – winning 11 of those fixtures which demonstrates the remarkable consistency they’ve shown throughout the campaign.
With all that in mind it's little surprise the bookies make Wolves the clear favourites to win this game but there is hope for the R’s! When Wolves came to Loftus Road earlier in the season they had won their last three games but Holloway’s side produced an excellent home performance to defeat them 2-1 thanks to Matt Smith’s late winner.
Those that frequently travel to watch QPR may also be going into this one with some optimism as they will know the R’s have been victorious in our last three visits to Molineux.
Last season’s victory was particularly important as it snapped a six-game losing streak for Rangers with Pawel Wszolek’s winner famously being described by Ollie as ‘the luckiest, ugliest goal you'll ever see.’
As we approach the final third of the season, Rangers will be aiming for a strong end to the campaign to help consolidate our status in the league. Our away form has improved in recent weeks’ although our last performance on the road against Bristol City was extremely poor and something the players will be looking to put right at Molineux on Saturday.
When and where?
Saturday 10th February 2018 - kick-off 3 pm - Molineux
Last Time Out
Wolves missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship table as they were beaten for only the third time this season by QPR at Loftus Road.
Conor Washington put the Hoops ahead on 41 minutes, scoring from close range after good work from Massimo Luongo.
Within two minutes, Wolves levelled when Diogo Jota crossed from the left by-line for Leo Bonatini to power in. But Matt Smith came off the bench to head Rangers' 81st-minute winner.
- Wolves have only not scored in three home games this season
- Only three teams (Birmingham, Hull and Bolton) have picked up fewer points than QPR away from home this season
- QPR have scored eight goals in our last three visits to Molineux
Ian Holloway: “Wolves are the most consistent team in the Championship. They play attractive football, they move the ball well and their manager deserves full credit for that. Let’s see if we can go there and pull off something that no-one believes we can. We beat them there last season and I believe we can do it again.”
Nuno Espírito Santo: “What we care about is who’s up against us and QPR is now the only focus of the team. There’s a long way to go and everyone knows that. It’s the philosophy, from day one until now, nothing changes until the end. We prepare and work the same way over and over again. We’ve done things right. We’ve been working really well for a number of weeks now.”
QPR: Massimo Luongo is unlikely to be involved owing to a knee injury while forwards Idrissa Sylla Jamie Mackie, David Wheeler and Paul Smyth are all out. Ryan Manning will serve the first of his three-game suspension.
Wolves: Wolves are likely to play the same team that beat Sheffield United. Romain Saiss will be assessed late on after missing the last two games with a hamstring problem. New loan signing Benik Afobe is likely to be on the bench.
Geoff Eltringham: Has handed out just one red card in 23 games this season.