R’s marching on to Elland Road
STEVE McClaren’s QPR side will look to get back on track when facing Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.
The R’s suffered a disappointing defeat against Hull City last weekend and will be looking to respond in Yorkshire, however, it will be difficult against a Leeds team occupying second place.
The Whites, who were tipped as one of the favourites for promotion, has not disappointed in the first half of the campaign, consistently picking up results and playing some dazzling football.
Bielsa has brought a continental feel to the side going forward but they have not neglected their defensive duties, with only Middlesbrough conceding fewer goals in the league this campaign.
Despite having a reputation of being an intimidating stadium, Rangers have performed fairly well at Elland Road in recent years. Having said that, they were beaten on the final day of last season in what happened to be Ian Holloway’s final game in charge of the club.
Leeds have attacking threats from all over the field but perhaps the one player Steve McClaren’s defence will have to keep an extra close eye on is Kemar Roofe, who has scored three goals in his last four games against the R’s.
Head to Head
QPR wins 18
Leeds United wins 22
Previous classic meeting
LEEDS 0-1 QPR – AUGUST 2013
Queens Park Rangers' excellent start to life back in the Championship continued with a scrappy win at Leeds.
In a tepid game at Elland Road, Clint Hill scored his first goal in two-and-a-half years, tucking in from two yards following Joey Barton's free-kick.
Man in the Middle
Peter Bankes – Has given out 68 yellow cards, two red cards and five penalties in 13 games this season. His last match officiating the R’s was a 1-0 defeat against Blackburn earlier on in the campaign.
Steve McClaren: "I think for most teams in the Championship going to Elland Road will represent one of their toughest tests of the season. They are filling the stadium now and made a massive signing in Bielsa during the summer which raised expectations beyond the roof. We will need a lot of belief and a lot of courage – that’s what all teams need when you go to a place like Elland Road if you are to get a result there."
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