FRESH from Monday’s fantastic victory away at promotion-chasing Watford, QPR will be keen to replicate some of their recent on-the-road performances on their own turf, starting against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (3pm GMT KO).
Monday’s comeback win made it three away successes on the bounce – the first time Rangers have achieved that feat in over seven years – but in W12 the points have proved more difficult to bank of late.
Despite a number of good performances at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, Rangers have not tasted victory in west London since the end of November.
They will, of course, hope to change that this week and in Blackburn they will take on a team who have play-off ambitions.
Saturday’s match will be contested behind closed doors but Rangers fans all over the world will be able to watch every kick exclusively live on QPR+.
Supporters all over the world will be able to watch QPR’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackburn Rovers live on QPR+!
2020/21 season ticket holders will be able to watch the match as normal.
All non-season ticket holders – and fans who requested a refund or cancelled their 2020/21 season tickets – will need to purchase a match pass in order to watch the game.
Match passes are priced at £10 for UK and Ireland-based fans and £7 for overseas fans, with all pricing set by the EFL.
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Overseas QPR+ video subscribers will be able to watch as normal, too.
Head to head
QPR wins: 15
Blackburn Rovers wins: 25
QPR: Luke Amos and Charlie Owens are sidelined with long-term knee injuries. Jordy de Wijs is not ready yet but fellow new signing Sam Field could be in the squad for the first time.
Blackburn: Joe Rankin-Costello, Daniel Ayala and Bradley Johnson are all recovering from hamstring problems. Derrick Williams and Scott Wharton have long-term quadricep and Achilles injuries respectively.
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “Blackburn go about their work under the radar. They have a tremendous squad put together by Tony Mowbray, who is an outstanding manager, and they are very dangerous opponents. On Saturday, we’ll need to show the same quality in the box that we did on Monday [at Watford] to finish our chances.”
QPR 2, Blackburn Rovers 0 – 3rd October 1981
Terry Venables’ Queens Park Rangers side clashed with Blackburn Rovers on October 3rd 1981, with the R’s running out 2-0 winners on W12’s famous plastic pitch.
Rangers headed into the game having only won three of their first seven league fixtures, with aim of using this fixture with the Lancashire side to kick-start their campaign.
Sexton’s side started well and half-way through the first half John Gregory gave the R’s a deserved lead. Gary Waddock picked up a loose ball from a poor Rangers corner before eventually finding Gregory, who was able to scramble the ball home at the far post. It was his third goal in the blue and white hoops since his summer arrival from Brighton & Hove Albion.
Throughout the afternoon, striker Clive Allen was looking to score his first for the R’s since his return to W12 in the summer. As the full-time whistle loomed, he finally was rewarded for his hard work, when he was able to tap home after an amazing Glen Roeder run, sealing all three points for the west Londoners.
Later on that season, Sexton’s side went on to reach the FA Cup final where they met Tottenham Hotspur, but felt heartbreak in the replay to the north London side.
QPR Starting XI: Burridge, Gregory, Fenwick, Waddock, Hazell, Roeder, Micklewhite, Stainrod, Allen, Currie, Gillard.
Tony Harrington will take charge of Saturday's game at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
So far this season, he has overseen 22 matches - 19 of which have come in the Sky Bet Championship - where he has brandished 56 yellow cards and two reds.
Harrington has officiated in W12 once already this season, for the R's clash against Reading in mid December.
He will be supported by assistant referees Matthew Jones and Akil Howson and fourth official Andy Woolmer.