London Derby awaits in-form R’s
QPR take on Millwall in what is an exciting London Derby to be played live in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
McClaren’s side are unbeaten in their last four games and seemed to have turned the corner after a tough opening month.
Millwall are in 19th, one place below the Hoops and have only registered one league victory this season. But the Lions position in the table is somewhat misguided – they’ve had a number of close matches and should have beaten Championship leaders Leeds last time out.
QPR come into the game unbeaten in their past eight home fixtures against Millwall. Last term provided one of the games of the season as a late comeback saw QPR draw 2-2 with Neil Harris’ side.
This will be the first time QPR have played in front of the Sky Sports cameras this season and the R’s will also be live on the box for Saturday’s game against Norwich.
Loftus Road is often buzzing on nights like this so here’s hoping for more of the same this evening.
Head to Head
QPR wins 19
Millwall wins 31
Previous classic meeting
QPR 2-2 MILLWALL – September 2017
Substitute Matt Smith scored an 85th-minute equaliser as QPR came from 2-0 down to draw with 10-man Millwall.
Conor McLaughlin gave Millwall an early lead with a half-volley which found the top corner from a narrow angle.
Lee Gregory was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Josh Scowen on 41 minutes before Jed Wallace blasted a shot past Alex Smithies for 2-0.
But Massimo Luongo smashed in from a corner and Smith reacted fastest when he swivelled and fired in for a deserved point.
Man in the Middle
Robert Jones – Last season gave out 77 yellow cards, three red cards and four penalties in 20 Championship games.
Steve McClaren: “We know what Millwall are all about, they play to their strengths and it is going to be a very explosive game. They should have beaten Leeds on Saturday. Always against Millwall it is a difficult game, we have to put in performances like we did against Wigan, Birmingham and Bolton where we had to really, really compete at the top level to get results.”
Neil Harris: "QPR have certainly been an improved side over the last few games compared to how they started the season. We know, as ever, it will be a tough game. They have some quality individual players in attacking areas, but we also know we’re capable of beating anybody on our day.”
News from the locker room
Out: Darnell Furlong & Olamide Shodipo
Out: Shaun Hutchinson
Doubtful: Jordan Archer