QPR welcome Stoke City to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday and they will, of course, being hoping to record three points and secure a league double over the Potters (3pm kick-off).
Rangers kicked off their 2019/20 campaign with a trip to Stoke and they left the Bet365 Stadium with a victory, having put in a fantastic performance against the then-promotion favourites.
On what was a bright, sunny day, Jordan Hugill found the net less than 10 minutes into his QPR debut before, in the second half, Ebere Eze netted a stunning goal to put Mark Warburton’s squad in command.
Sam Clucas’ powerful strike reduced the arrears late on but Stoke were unable to wipe the smiles off Rangers’ faces as the R’s got their campaign off to the perfect start.
A repeat display would bring those smiles back to the faces of QPR fans and would also see them build on Tuesday’s solid point in Swansea.
Head to head
Stoke City: 11
QPR: Charlie Owens (knee).
Stoke City: James McClean (knee), Thibaud Verlinden (knee), Sam Clucas (hip), Stephen Ward (back), Ryan Shawcross (calf).
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “Michael O’Neill is a very organised manager and a very well-respected manager. He has a very good squad of players and when you look around there is a lot of Premier League experience within their ranks.
Stoke City defender James Chester: “It’ll be another difficult game, as always. Physically, to have three games in a week is tough so we’ll have to make sure we prepare right, but I’ve seen enough from us in the last two games to go into Saturday’s away game with confidence."
QPR 3-0 Stoke City – 2nd March 2008
Resurgent Queens Park Rangers prevented Stoke City from heading back to the top of the Championship with another emphatic victory at Loftus Road.
Stoke got off to a better start when striker Mamady Sidibé headed close from Liam Lawrence’s corner, but his effort bounced on Lee Camp’s goal -ine, before the ball was cleared by the R’s defence.
Minutes later it was Luigi De Canio’s QPR side that took the lead, when midfielder Mikele Leigertwood picked the ball up on the edge of the box and sent a stunning strike past Steve Simonsen, giving the R’s a surprise lead against the promotion-chasing Potters.
Ten minutes later, Rangers were further ahead when in-form Leigertwood scored his and Rangers’ second of the afternoon. After some good work from Akos Buzsaky, the number 10 picked out Rowan Vine who was able to knock down the ball for Leigertwood who emphatically volleyed home.
On the stroke of half time, the visitors were reduced to ten men when Andy Griffin lunged in on Hogan Ephraim and was given his marching orders, giving his side a mountain to climb.
As Stoke tried to find a route back into the game, Rangers were able to catch the Potters on the break and the pace of Vine and Ephraim saw them pick out in-form Patrick Agyemang. He teed up Hungarian Buzsaky, who was able to smash home and seal a comfortable victory for the R’s, as their surge up the league table continued.
QPR Starting XI: Camp, Mancienne, Connolly, Hall (Stewart 79), Delaney, Buzsaky, Leigertwood, Rowlands (Ainsworth 81), Ephraim, Agyemang, Vine (Blackstock 75). Subs not used: Pickens, Lee.
QPR fans based outside the UK and Ireland can watch Saturday's Sky Bet Championship trip to Stoke City live on QPR+.
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Man in the middle
West midlands-based referee Oliver Langford will take charge of his first Rangers fixture this season when we take to the field against Stoke City on Saturday.
Langford last officiated the R’s in a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough all the way back in December 2018.
He will be joined by assistant referees Akil Howsn and Graham Kane, whilst John Busby will take up the fourth official duties.
Family Fan Zone
When the R’s welcome Stoke City to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, Rangers’ popular Family Fan Zone will be back, weather permitting, with its doors opening from midday.
Located at PlayFootball on South Africa Road, supporters will be able to enjoy pre-match entertainment, designed to enhance their matchday experience, and take advantage of PlayFootball’s facilities.
Popular club mascot Jude the Cat will also be in attendance, available for selfies and his famous dance offs.
As is the case at every home match this season, fans can donate non-perishable foods to Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank on Saturday.
Fans unable to attend games can also donate food to the foodbank online by clicking HERE.