IN-FORM Rangers will be looking to continue their fine start to the calendar year as they head up the M6 this evening (Wednesday) for the Sky Bet Championship clash with Preston North End.
Following the weekend victory over AFC Bournemouth, the R’s have now won six of their last seven league games – including victories in all three of their away trips.
QPR will be looking to continue this fine away form but, of course, we must take each game as it comes and a trip to Deepdale to face Preston North End is historically a difficult one for the R’s.
There was a 3-1 Rangers win last time out, though, the final game with full crowds last March. That was our first success at Deepdale since February 1980.
However, the Lilywhites have struggled at home this season, having failed to record a home victory since December 29th, which was only their fourth all season. A heavy defeat to Cardiff City last time out will serve as a warning to Alex Neil’s side as they head into tonight’s clash in front of the live Sky Sports cameras.
Season ticket holders are able to watch this evening's Sky Bet Championship clash against Preston North End live on QPR+.
As per EFL rules, a 2020/21 QPR+ season ticket voucher covers ALL home and midweek away matches.
The fixture has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports, which means that - although season ticket holders can still watch - the club are not permitted to sell QPR+ match passes in the UK, Ireland or any overseas country where the EFL’s global television deal is present.
The only countries where the club are permitted to sell match passes for the Preston game are listed below.
Match passes for the game are priced at £7 for overseas fans, with pricing being set by the EFL.
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Regular QPR+ overseas subscribers who are not in a 'Dark Market' country will be able to tune into live audio commentary.
Head to head
QPR wins: 12
Preston North End wins: 18
QPR: Luke Amos and Charlie Owens are sidelined with long-term knee injuries. Jordy de Wijs is edging closer to full fitness.
Preston North End: Declan Rudd and Patrick Bauer have already been ruled out for the season, with Louis Moult getting closer to a return. Ryan Ledson, Sean Maguire and Billy Bodin are also nearing returns.
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “Alex Neil’s sides are always organised and hard-working. They’ve got quality all over the park. They might’ve had some mixed results, but that’s the league this season. We face a team who’ll be smarting from their 4-0 defeat against Cardiff at the weekend. They’ll be looking to right the wrongs of that, and we know we’ll face another very tough challenge.”
Preston North End manager Alex Neil: “QPR are in good form, we understand that, but we know we are more than capable. Charlie Austin’s arrival has been a key factor for them - he has come in, got goals, led the line and they have done really well.”
Preston 2-2 QPR – March 27th 2010
Neil Warnock’s much-improved QPR side came from two goals down to seal a share of the points.
In only his sixth game in charge of the R’s, following his switch from Crystal Palace, Warnock’s new side continued their surge up the table.
Rangers headed into this one in fine form, having only suffered defeat once in the previous six games. But, when Billy Jones put the hosts ahead late in the first half, many would’ve felt that Darren Ferguson’s side would go on to seal the victory.
Callum Davidson doubled the Lilywhites' lead from the penalty spot, when Kaspars Gorkss was adjudged to have fouled Jon Parkin - but, this goal quickly kicked Rangers into gear.
Moments later, Adel Taarabt fed Peter Ramage, with the former Newcastle United defender slotting home. Tamas Priskin then turned the game on its head, with the Hungarian smashing home from close range.
The influential Taarabt once again turned provider, when he found substitute Rowan Vine, but the former Luton Town man was unable to seal the most dramatic of comebacks and Rangers had to settle for a point.
QPR Starting XI: Ikeme, Ramage, Stewart, Gorkss, Hill, Leigertwood, Faurlin, Ephraim, Taarabt, German, Priskin.
Darren England will take charge of tonight’s game at Deepdale.
So far this season, he has overseen 19 matches - six of which have come in the Sky Bet Championship - where he has dished out 22 yellow cards and one red.
England hasn’t officiated Rangers this season, with his last R’s clash coming on the final day of last season - the 2-2 draw away to West Bromwich Albion in July.
He will be supported by assistant referees Ian Hussin and James Mainwaring and fourth official Jarred Gillett.