QPR’s first fixture of 2019’s festive period pits them against Preston North End at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
The weekend clash is the beginning of an incredibly busy period of matches for Mark Warburton’s R’s and they will be determined to record three points in their first game of the new month.
November was a frustrating time for Rangers – certainly in terms of results – and having now flicked over to the final month in the 2019 calendar, they will want to get their campaign back on track.
Like QPR, Saturday’s opponents Preston enjoyed a very positive start to the season. PNE – managed by former Norwich City boss Alex Neil – sat top of the league at the start of last month but three successive defeats has seen them slip down to sixth.
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Head to head
QPR wins: 10
Preston wins: 17
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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), Liam Kelly (groin).
Preston North End: Patrick Bauer (thigh), Andrew Hughes (knee), Tom Clarke (foot).
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “Preston start every game on the front foot, we have to recognise that. They have pace up top, they have physicality and [Jayden] Stockley is a clear target man. They get forward with quality, pick up second balls quickly and they are organised at the back. We have analysed them well and I’m sure they have done the same to us.”
Preston manager Alex Neil: “Last season’s game at QPR was a big turning point for us. It was a game we really needed to win and it was one which kick-started us. We put in a really good performance and went on to have that great run of wins away from home.”
Man in the middle
Andy Davies will take charge of Saturday's clash in W12.
So far this season, he has officiated 15 matches - 10 of which have been in the Championship - where he has dished out 46 yellow cards and two reds.
Davies oversaw Rangers' EFL Cup victory over Bristol City in August of this season.
He will be supported by assistant referees Rob Smith and Darren Blunden and fourth official Will Finnie.
QPR 3-1 Preston North End - 20th November 2010
Adel Taarabt’s stunning double and Rob Hulse’s close-range finish saw promotion-chasing QPR beat Preston in W12 and extend their unbeaten run to 18 league games.
Rangers – who also returned to the summit of the Championship table with victory – had drawn six of the previous seven matches heading into this match.
Rob Hulse put Neil Warnock’s side ahead when he tapped home from close range after just four minutes, following a mistake by PNE goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.
The R’s led 1-0 at the interval and they doubled their advantage in some style 10 minutes into the second period.
Captain Taarabt curled a delicious strike into the top corner of the net and he then claimed his second of the match on 84 minutes, with an equally impressive strike.
Preston pulled one back through a Matt Connolly own goal but Rangers were not to be denied and they, of course, went on to claim the league title that season.
QPR Starting XI: Kenny, Hill, Hall (Rowlands 81), Gorkss, Walker, Connolly, Taarabt, Faurlin, Clarke, Mackie (Andrade 88), Hulse (Agyemang 80). Subs (not used): Cerny, Leigertwood, Ephraim, Helguson.
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.