QUEENS PARK RANGERS will be looking for an instant reaction following Tuesday’s disappointing defeat to Rotherham United, with this weekend’s trip to Middlesbrough giving Mark Warburton’s side the perfect opportunity to do so.
Rangers head up to the Riverside Stadium knowing that a victory over the Boro will see the R’s leapfrog Neil Warnock’s side, as our sights have become firmly set on a top half finish and seal off what has been a tough 2020/21 SkyBet Championship campaign for everyone.
Tomorrow’s clash with Middlesbrough is the second of three back-to-back away fixtures for the R’s and the fixture also sees Rangers coming up against former boss Warnock, a factor which only adds an element of excitement to one of our final away clashes of the season. (12:30pm BST kick-off).
Following the turn of the year Rangers have been in impressive form and as we move to the final five fixtures of the campaign, will be keen for that to continue.
As we take a closer look at opponents Middlesbrough, it’s clear to see that like the Super Hoops they have had a somewhat mixed campaign, with some positives results and some negative ones, ensuring that they just miss out on the final play-off positions, but it also means that they have done enough to pull away from any sort of relegation danger – a position which now gives them the perfect platform to build on ahead of next season.
Tomorrow’s game will be contested behind closed doors but supporters all over the world will be able to watch every kick live on QPR+.
Supporters all over the world will be able to watch QPR’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Middlesbrough live on QPR+!
Rangers travel to North Yorkshire for a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday afternoon and the stream is available to watch worldwide.
2020/21 season ticket holders are advised that this game is NOT covered by their QPR+ voucher, as it is a weekend away fixture.
Season ticket holders and non-season ticket holders must purchase a match pass in order to watch the game on QPR+.
Match passes are priced at £10 for UK and Ireland-based fans and £7 for overseas fans. All pricing is decided by the EFL.
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Head to head
QPR wins: 19
Middlesbrough wins: 18
QPR: Luke Amos Charlie Owens and Tom Carroll are side lined with long-term knee injuries, whilst Geoff Cameron is a doubt, Charlie Austin misses out through suspension.
Middlesbrough: Marcus Browne, Anfernee Dijksteel, Sam Morsy and Dael Fry will be out.
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “It will be a long journey to face a tough opponent, but we have to rise to these types of challenges as they will shape you as a squad.
Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock “The clash against QPR will be a good chance to try a few things, I loved my time there and playing against them is always special. They have a few young special lads and it will be a tough test for us."
Middlesbrough 0-3 QPR 26th February 2011
In what was the final fixture of a fruitful February 2011, Rangers faced the long trip to the Riverside stadium to face Middlesbrough and a comfortable 3-0 victory in the North East, made the long trip worth it.
In-form front man Heidar Helguson gave the R’s an early lead, when his scuffed effort looped past helpless keeper Jason Steele.
Going into the second half and Rangers doubled their advantage, a fine run and cross from Wayne Routledge, picked out Helguson who headed home for his second of the afternoon.
Minutes later and it was further delight for the R’s, Moroccan star Adel Taarabt was brought down by native counterpart Marouane Zemmama in the box and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Taarabt dusted himself off and smashed the ball home, ensuring Neil Warnock’s side signed off the month with one of their finest performances of the season.
QPR Starting XI: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Hall, Shittu, Dery, Faurlin, Routledge, Buzsaky, Taarabt, Helguson
Matthew Donohue will take charge of tomorrow’s clash at the Riverside Stadium.
So far this season, he has overseen 26 matches – 22 of which have come in the Sky Bet Championship - where he has dished out 69 yellow cards and 4 reds.
This will be Donohue’s second Rangers game this season, with his first clash coming in our away defeat to Brentford in November.
He will be supported by assistant referees Robert Merchant and Matthew McGrath and fourth official Sebastian Stockbridge.