QPR will come up against Wayne Rooney on Tuesday night when his Derby County side visit Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).
The striker – England’s record goalscorer – officially joined the Rams in January and since making his debut on January 2nd his new team have only tasted defeat twice in 12 matches.
Rooney has bagged four goals in those 12 games. In Derby’s last match, which was his 500th appearance in English football, he bagged a Panenka-style penalty as they drew with Fulham at Pride Park.
The Rams, of course, possess a number of other attacking threats but Rangers will be keen to build on their three-match unbeaten run come kick-off time.
On Saturday, the R’s battled to earn a more-than-deserved point against promotion chasing Nottingham Forest and three points on Tuesday will see them secure back-to-back home wins.
Tickets for Tuesday'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: Charlie Owens (knee).
Derby County: Krystian Bielik (knee), Tom Huddlestone (Achilles), Duane Holmes (lower leg), George Evans (calf).
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “We have to understand how we can impose ourselves on the game, how we can impact Derby in a positive way. We are at home and we know that we are a good team; we can create chances and score goals. We have to concentrate and hopefully we can get the right result.”
Derby County assistant manager Chris van der Weerden: "If you look at the last 14 games from December and Christmas – we lost two of them and we are still 13th in the table, so we need to get more points. The thing is, we play well, we create chances exactly the way we want then sometimes we concede in a simple way or we create a lot and don’t score. That is why we don’t have the results we want at times."
QPR 2-0 Derby County - 8th March 2016
Derby County visited W12 towards the end of the 2015/16 season, with the Rams hunting down one of the allusive play-off positions, but strikes from Tjaronn Chery and Gabriele Angella sealed victory for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Rangers side.
Rams attacking midfielder Tom Ince had the first real opportunity of the game, but his effort flashed wide of Alex Smithies' goal and the score remained goalless.
R’s winger Junior Hoilett had the hosts' first effort on goal, but his edge-of-the-box shot was comfortably saved by former England keeper Scott Carson in the Derby goal.
It was Rangers who took the lead when, in the 24th minute, maverick Chery spectacularly volleyed home James Perch’s cross to put the R’s ahead.
Goalscorer Chery continued to threaten and his long-range effort once again had Carson scrambling, but the score remained 1-0.
Following the break, former England striker Darren Bent forced Smithies into a low save, but it was Rangers who looked the most likely to score next when German striker Sebastian Polter went close to sealing the game for Rangers.
Moments later, it was Watford loanee Angella who was able to do just that when he knocked home Matty Phillips' wide free-kick to double the R’s advantage and secure all three points for the west Londoners.
QPR Starting XI: Smithies, Perch, Onouha, Angella, Hill, Phillips, Henry, Faurlin, Hoilett (Petrasso 95), Chery (Mackie 76), Polter.
Supporters all over the world will be able to watch Tuesday night’s clash against Derby County live on QPR+!
As the match is not a Saturday 3pm kick-off and has not been selected for a live broadcast, the club are able to stream the game domestically as well as abroad.
UK and Ireland-based R’s fans can purchase a match pass for the game for just £10. To purchase yours, please click HERE.
Overseas R’s can purchase their match pass by clicking HERE.
Man in the middle
Keith Stroud will take charge of Tuesday night’s match at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
So far this season, he has overseen 24 matches – 18 of which have come in the Sky Bet Championship – where he has dished out 76 yellow cards and three reds.
Stroud refereed last month’s Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday in W12.
He will be supported by assistant referees Nigel Lugg and Darren Blunden and fourth official Robert Hyde.
Family Fan Zone
The club’s popular Family Fan Zone will not be open on Tuesday night, due to the game being a midweek match.
As is the case at every home match this season, fans can donate non-perishable foods to Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank on Tuesday. The drop off point will be at Alton House Reception on South Africa Road.
Fans unable to attend games can also donate food to the foodbank online by clicking HERE.