KIYAN Prince Foundation Stadium’s biggest crowd of the season so far is set to be present for QPR’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Leeds United on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).
The R’s will come into the game against the second-placed Whites with retribution on their minds. Rangers were beaten at local rivals Brentford last weekend – ending a two-match winning run – and they will of course be eager to return to winning ways.
Leeds will be feeling similar. The Yorkshire club – led by Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa – also suffered defeat last time out. They lost to Sheffield Wednesday and, as a result, saw their cushion over third place be cut to six points.
Both teams will therefore be desperate to earn the points and there promises to be a cracking atmosphere for the lunch time kick-off.
QPR completed the signing of former Leeds youngster Jack Clarke on Thursday and he could make his Rangers bow in the clash.
Tickets for Saturday'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. Please not there are special restrictions in place for Saturday's game.
Head to head
QPR wins: 20
Leeds United wins: 24
QPR: Yoann Barbet (hamstring), Charlie Owens (knee).
Leeds United: Barry Douglas (rib), Adam Forshaw (hip), Tyler Roberts (hamstring).
QPR Manager Mark Warburton: “They are physically a very powerful team, they have experienced players and quality across their ranks. They move very well, with and without the ball, and they close down the opposition.”
Leeds United Manager Marcelo Bielsa: “Every team in a long competition like this one has ups and downs. If you analyse what happened with West Brom and Leeds - top of the table and second in the table - you are going to realise that being regular in one season of 46 games is not possible.”
QPR 4-1 Leeds United - 11th March 1992
Champions elect Leeds United travelled to west London in mid-March 1992, before they would go on to clinch the last ever First Division title (prior to the creation of the Premier League).
Midfielder Gary Speed gave Leeds an early lead in W12 but this early goal only encouraged the R’s and it was no surprise when striker Les Ferdinand smashed home from close range to draw the game level.
Early into the second half, Ray Wilkins played a delightful ball to Bradley Allen, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home, giving the R’s the lead, in only his second appearance of the season.
Straight from the restart, Rangers were further ahead when a frightening R’s collected the ball and counter attacked, with the ball eventually falling to Andy Sinton and the wide-man coolly converted for Rangers’ second in two minutes.
With the game petering out, Rangers were in control and Darren Peacock played a delightful ball over the top for Sinton to chase and he was hacked down in the box by Leeds defender Chris White, who was eventually given his marching orders. Clive Wilson stepped up to make it four and seal the victory for Rangers.
QPR Starting XI: Stejskal, Bardsley, McDonald, Peacock, Wilson, Impey, Holloway, Wilkins, Sinton (Barker), Ferdinand, Allen.
QPR fans in the EFL's 'Dark Market' countries will be able to watch Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash against Leeds United live on QPR+.
Although the game has been selected by Sky Sports, 'Dark Market' countries sit outside of the EFL's global TV deal, meaning that QPR+ can stream ALL of the club's Championship matches there.
To purchase your match pass, please CLICK HERE.
Live audio commentary will be available for QPR+ subscribers to tune into worldwide.
Man in the middle
Peter Bankes will take charge of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds United.
This will be Bankes second Rangers fixture of the campaign, with his first coming in the R’s 2-1 win at The Den back against Millwall in mid-September.
He will be assisted by Nik Hopton and Adrian Waters, whilst Kevin Johnson will take up fourth official duties.
As is the case at every home match this season, fans can donate non-perishable foods to Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank on Saturday.
Fans unable to attend games can also donate food to the foodbank online by clicking HERE.
Due to the match being an early kick-off, there will be no Fan Zone on Saturday.