MARK Warburton’s QPR head south this weekend for a clash with recently-relegated AFC Bournemouth.
After heading into the international break on a relative high, following the last-gasp draw with Sheffield Wednesday, the R’s will be keen start off a run of seven games in 21 days in a positive manner.
Opponents AFC Bournemouth will be looking to continue their fine start to the new campaign, which has seen them already pick up 10 points from their first four games, including an impressive 3-1 victory last time out against Coventry City.
The match will be contested behind closed doors, but supporters in the UK, Ireland and a small number of overseas countries will be able to watch every kick live on QPR+.
Head to head
QPR wins: 33
AFC Bournemouth wins: 27
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AFC Bournemouth: David Brooks picked up a knock while on international duty with Wales, Josh King likely to be out, and Lloyd Kelly is unavailable due to a hamstring injury.
QPR: Lyndon Dykes has returned fit and healthy from international duty but George Thomas remains a doubt for the R’s.
AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall: “This weekend’s clash with QPR is going to be another tough and difficult game. Mark has done a great job, we know what to expect, they are a good side and have some very good players.”
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “They are all tough games and we know that we face another difficult one this weekend. The league is hard; Bournemouth’s wins over Norwich and Blackburn were close games, but they have had a great start.”
QPR 1-0 AFC Bournemouth - 23rd August 2003
The R’s headed into this one on the back of a disappointing away defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, but Ian Holloway’s side’s never-say-die attitude, which would eventually seal them promotion, shone through in their next game against AFC Bournemouth in front of a roaring Loftus Road.
After a somewhat nervy first half, winger Kevin McLeod produced the moment of the game. His driving run eventually allowed him to pick out in-form Paul Furlong, who headed past Neil Moss in the Cherries goal, for the only goal of the game.
The R’s managed to see out the remaining 25 minutes of the game and seal all three points in west London to move up to fifth in the league table.
QPR Starting XI: Day, Carlisle, Palmer, Shittu, Bircham, Padula, Ainsworth, McLeod, Rowlands, Furlong, Thorpe.
Man in the middle
Official John Brooks will take charge of this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship clash between AFC Bournemouth and QPR. This will be the first time Brooks has taken charge of a Rangers fixture this season, with his last coming in the R’s fixture at Brentford in January.
He will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson, whilst Andy Davies will take up fourth official duties.
Supporters in the UK, Ireland and a small number of overseas countries will be able to watch QPR’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against AFC Bournemouth live on QPR+.
2020/21 season ticket holders with an active QPR+ voucher are advised that Saturday's game is NOT covered by their QPR+ voucher, as per EFL rules. 2020/21 season ticket holders - as well as non-season ticket holders - will have to purchase a match pass in order to watch Saturday's game on QPR+.
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Saturday’s game has been selected by an overseas broadcaster, meaning that the club are only permitted to stream the match live in the UK, Ireland and a small number of overseas countries known as the EFL Dark Markets. A list of overseas countries where Saturday’s game will be available on QPR+ is available to view below.