QPR continue their pre-season campaign on Saturday when they head to the Kassam Stadium to face League One club Oxford United (kick-off 3pm).
QPR’s return to English soil saw them fall to defeat at Boreham Wood on Tuesday night, with Ebere Eze notching the R’s goal from the penalty spot.
They’ll be eyeing their first victory of the summer this weekend and, after Saturday’s clash, Rangers face one more game, against Watford, before the Championship season begins.
Oxford have had a busier match schedule than the Hoops, having played no less than six friendlies so far. The U’s started their season by suffering a heavy 5-0 defeat at Scottish side Rangers, before wins against local sides Oxford City, Thame United and Brackley Town, 5-3, 2-0 and 2-1 respectively.
Their hectic pre-season has also included a 1-1 draw at Woking and a 3-0 defeat on Tuesday to National League side Eastleigh.
The Yellows finished 12th in League One last season and kick-off their campaign this year away at Sunderland on August 3rd.
There are no new injury concerns for the R’s with the same squad expected to travel to the Kassam Stadium as did on Tuesday to face Boreham Wood. It remains to be seen if Matt Smith, Lee Wallace and Lewis Walker will play after the trio missed the previous two pre-season fixtures through injury.
A familiar face will return to the Oxford set-up on Saturday, as former R’s forward Jamie Mackie has returned to training and could be set to face the Hoops for the first time since leaving W12 in 2018.
Similarly to Mackie, Oxford’s top scorer for the last two seasons James Henry has returned to training. The winger limped off in the second half of the U’s 1-1 draw with Woking, but initial reports suggest there is no long-term injury. It also remains to be seen if striker Rob Hall plays, having just returned from a long injury, whilst midfielder Shandon Baptiste hasn’t played a game of pre-season yet and is a confirmed omission.
Oxford played a young team, with average age of under 19, in their loss to Eastleigh but a mix of both youth and experience is expected to start on Saturday.
Rangers signings Luke Amos, Liam Kelly, Conor Masterson, Yoann Barbet and Dominic Ball have played both games of pre-season so far and are expected to get their third run out in the hoops of QPR at the weekend.
As stated before, it remains to be seen if other new additions Matt Smith and Lee Wallace get their first game for the club on Saturday.
While not as busy as QPR, Oxford have had an active window as well, with four players joining the side. The U’s have acquired winger Tariqe Fosu from Charlton and midfielder Alex Gorrin from Motherwell.
They have also completed the signings of youngster Kevin Berkoe and Sam Allardyce, grandson of the former England manager, from Wolves and Bury respectively.
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Tickets will be available to purchase using CASH ONLY from the Oxford United North Stand Ticket Office on matchday priced: £12.00 Adults, £7.00 Senior Citizen Over 65/ Young Adult 18-21/ Under 18, £5.00 Under 13 and £2.00 Under 7.
R’s fans who purchased tickets in advance after 3pm on Wednesday 17th July will have their tickets held for collection at the Oxford United North Stand Ticket Office on matchday.
For R’s fans who are travelling by car, the postcode for the Kassam Stadium is OX4 4XP. Free parking is available for 2,000 vehicles on a first-come, first-served basis at the stadium. Free parking is also available along Grenoble Road adjacent to the stadium. R’s fans should not park illegally on double yellow lines, adjacent grass verges or in residential areas covered by residential parking schemes.
For those fans who are travelling by public transport the nearest rail station is Oxford, which is roughly four miles from the stadium. The 3A bus from Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach operates at a rate of 2 buses per hour from Oxford City centre to the stadium.