MARK Warburton’s men will rise to second place in the Sky Bet Championship if they can beat near neighbours Brentford at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Monday night (7.45pm kick-off).
The R’s impressive start to the campaign, coupled with some favourable results at the weekend, mean that a place in the top two will be theirs, if they can overcome the Bees.
If that wasn’t motivation enough, a big crowd is expected in W12 for the London matchup and a win would give Rangers a third successive home London derby victory. QPR haven’t won three home London derbies in a row since 1995.
Brentford will arrive in west London in impressive form. They came from behind to beat Millwall in dramatic circumstances last weekend and, in midweek, they comfortably dispatched Swansea City in south Wales.
Tickets for tonight’s clash remain on sale and you can purchase yours online up until three hours before kick-off by CLICKING HERE.
They will be on sale in person from Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium until kick-off.
Head to head
QPR wins: 23
Brentford wins: 27
QPR: Charlie Owens (knee), Jordan Hugill (suspended)
Brentford: Sergi Canos (knee), Nikos Karelis (knee)
QPR Manager Mark Warburton: “It will be a very confident Brentford side and a very confident footballing side that we face on Monday. We know the attacking threat they pose with the likes of Watkins and Benrahma. They move the ball quickly, their centre halves are strong, so they are a very good team. There's nothing I want more than three points in this game.”
Brentford Manager Thomas Frank: “The so-called experts didn’t fancy QPR before the season started. Mark Warburton has done a great job there so far. Our fans don’t like him very much because he went to QPR but I think we have to look at what a good job he did at Brentford. He got us promoted and got us into the play-off so I can only praise him for that.”
Brentford 1, QPR 2 - 19th April 2003
A historic clash between the two sides came all the way back in April 2003. Ian Holloway’s QPR side travelled to Griffin Park with their sights set on automatic promotion.
Danny Shittu’s header gave Rangers lead in the first half but with the game starting to fizzle out Brentford equalised through Mark Peters.
However, the drama was still yet to come and in the dying minutes midfielder and Rangers supporter Marc Bircham volleyed home Gina Padula’s corner kick, sealing all three points for Holloway’s side in the most dramatic of styles.
QPR Starting XI: Day, Kelly, Carlisle, Shittu, Padula, Langley, Palmer, Bircham, McLeod, Furlong, Gallen.
As the game is being shown live on Sky Sports, we are unable to stream the match live on QPR+, due to EFL regulations.
Live audio commentary is therefore the best way for fans to follow the game online. For more information on how you can tune into the Brentford match, please CLICK HERE.
Man in the middle
Northamptonshire-based referee Andy Woolmer will take charge of tonight’s west London derby. This will be Woolmer’s first R’s game of the season, with his last coming all the way back in January, where he officiated Rangers’ Championship fixture at Sheffield United.
He will be assisted by Matt Foley and Robert Hyde, whilst Keith Stroud will be taking up fourth official duties.
Fans will again be able to donate to Fulham & Hammersmith Foodbank on Monday night. Supporters can donate any non-perishable foods from 6.45pm, with the collection point being at Alton House.