MARK Warburton’s men will be targeting three points in their final match before November’s international break when they host Middlesbrough on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Following the R’s early season form, Warburton’s side have stuttered in terms points recently, only claiming one out of a possible nine, which has left Rangers eager to return to winning ways.
Last week’s defeat away at Leeds United was a bitter pill to swallow for Rangers and, therefore, Saturday’s clash presents them with a great opportunity to head into the third international break of the season on a positive note.
Boro – who sit 22nd in the Championship – lost away to Derby County last time out.
Head to head
QPR wins: 18
Middlesbrough wins: 18
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They will be on sale in person from Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium until kick-off.
QPR: Charlie Owens (knee), Yoann Barbet (hamstring), Toni Leistner (doubt).
Middlesbrough: George Saville (suspended), Darren Randolph (thigh), George Friend (thigh), Ashley Fletcher (calf) Rudy Gestede (hamstring), Marcus Browne (hamstring), Aynsley Pears (finger).
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “There’s no doubt Middlesbrough will come here with a point to prove, I have watched a lot of their games and their league position in my mind is somewhat false, but going into the international break we want three points.”
Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate: “We have to keep on going and working hard and keeping that will to improve and as a side we will get there, hopefully starting with a good performance Saturday”.
QPR 3-0 Middlesbrough - 11th September 2010
A historic clash between the two sides came back in 2010. Neil Warnock’s undefeated QPR headed into this fixture top of the league, following their fine start to the campaign, and star-man Adel Taarabt stole the show once again for the free-flowing R’s.
Rangers dominated from start to finish with Hogan Ephraim, Jamie Mackie and Taarabt all having chances to put Warnock’s side ahead. After the break, QPR finally got the better of a stubborn Boro defence when Heidar Helguson was brought down in the box and the Icelandic coolly slotted home from the penalty spot.
The R’s continued to dominate and winger Ephraim latched onto a wonderful Taarabt ball and smashed home, doubling the lead. Jamie Mackie completed the scoring when he bundled the ball in from a corner, sealing another fantastic win for Warnock’s side.
QPR Starting XI: Kenny, Orr, Connolly, Gorkss, Hill, Derry, Faurlin, Mackie, Ephraim, Taarabt, Helguson. Subs: Cerny, Ramage, Leigertwood, Buzsaky, Parker, Agyemang, Smith.
Overseas R’s can watch Saturday’s clash at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium live on QPR+. The QPR+ production is multi-camera and includes replays, graphics and accompanying commentary.
UK-based fans who cannot attend the match can listen to live audio commentary, also on QPR+.
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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.
Man in the middle
Nottinghamshire-based referee David Coote will take up officiating duties for Saturday’s fixture with Middlesbrough.
This will be his first R’s game of the campaign, with his last coming in Rangers’ 2-0 victory over Portsmouth in last year’s FA Cup campaign.
He will be joined by Derek Eaton and Sam Lewis, whilst Paul Marsden will take up fourth official duties.