MARK Warburton’s QPR travel to the midlands on Friday night, as they aim to build on their opening-day victory over Nottingham Forest by recording another positive result over newly-promoted Coventry City in front of the Sky Sports cameras. (7:45pm kick-off).
The R’s, who ran out 2-0 victors in their first league outing of the 2020/21 campaign, thanks to strikes from Lyndon Dykes and Illias Chair, will be aiming to repeat this feat against Mark Robins’ Sky Blues.
Opponents Coventry will be looking to improve on their disappointing opening day defeat at the hands of Bristol City. Efforts from Jamie Paterson and Tomas Kalas condemned City to their defeat on their long-awaited return to the Sky Bet Championship.
The match will be contested behind closed doors and, as the game has been selected by Sky Sports, QPR+ is only permitted to show the match in a limited number of terrotires. Full information is available to read below.
Head to head
QPR wins: 42
Coventry City wins: 47
QPR: R’s manager Mark Warburton once again has a full complement of players to choose from, with everyone coming through last Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest unscathed.
Coventry City: Coventry will be without captain Liam Kelly, who picked up a hamstring injury on the opening day of the season. Summer signings Julien Dacosta (ankle) and Marcel Hilssner (asthma) both remain unavailable, as do Jodi Jones (knee), Will Bapaga (shoulder), Ben Wilson (wrist), Fankaty Dabo (knee) and Wes Jobello (hip).
QPR manager Mark Warburton: "We know that Coventry play with a nice style of play, with players who likes to get on the ball with good forward running. They are a very dangerous side. Mark (Robins) and his team have done an outstanding job when you look at where they have been and where they are now."
Coventry City manager Mark Robins: There’s good players at this level and QPR are no different. They have got really good players that will present another tough challenge but it is one that we look forward to.”
Coventry City 0-2 QPR - 28th December 2010
Neil Warnock’s promotion-chasing QPR side extended their lead at the top of the Championship following a fine 2-0 victory over play-off hopefuls Coventry City.
Second-half goals from Kyle Walker and Tommy Smith sealed a perfect afternoon for the R’s in front of the Sky cameras.
Rangers arrived in the west midlands in buoyant mood, following their emphatic Boxing Day win over promotion rivals Swansea City. Despite their superior league advantage, it was the hosts who started brighter with Clive Platt and Richard Wood forcing Paddy Kenny into some superb saves.
But, soon after the half-time break, Tottenham loanee Walker saw his cross diverted into the City net by keeper Kieran Westwood to gift Warnock’s side the opener and, after taking the lead, the visitors never looked back.
Wide-man smith ensured all three points would be returning to W12, when he was able to latch onto Adel Taarabt’s fantastic cross and flick home, doubling Rangers’ lead.
Despite being behind, the Sky Blues continued to push forward, with Marlon King and Gary McSheffrey looking threatening, but Kenny in QPR’s goal was to show why he would go on to be voted QPR Supporters’ Player of the Year with some fantastic saves to ensure he would leave the midlands with yet another clean sheet.
QPR Starting XI: Kenny, Walker, Gorkšs, Connolly, Hill, Derry, Faurlin, Smith (Clarke) , Mackie, Taarabt (Rowlands), Helguson (Orr),
Subs not used: Cerny, Ageymang, Hulse, Tofas
Man in the middle
Stephen Martin will take charge of Friday evening’s Sky Bet Championship clash between QPR and Coventry City. This will be Martin’s first Rangers games since the tail-end of last season where he officiated the 1-1 draw with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
He will be assisted by Robert Merchant and Adam Crysell, whilst Andy Davies will take up the fourth official duties.
Only supporters in EFL Dark Market countries will be able to watch Friday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Coventry City live on QPR+.
As the game has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports, the club are not permitted to sell QPR+ match passes in any country that is covered by the EFL’s global television deal.
Season ticket holders will also NOT be able to watch Friday’s game live on QPR+. The new flexible agreement between the EFL and Sky Sports permits the club to offer season ticket holders free QPR+ access to all ‘home’ matches and ‘midweek away’ matches but not ‘weekend away’ matches.
Despite the game being moved to Friday evening, the EFL still class the Coventry match as a ‘weekend away’ fixture.
Fans in an EFL Dark Market country can purchase a match pass for the fixture by CLICKING HERE. Match passes are priced at £7, with the price being decided by the EFL.
QPR+ overseas video subscribers will be able to tune into live audio commentary of the fixture and worldwide audio subscribers will be able to listen as they normally would.