IN-FORM Rangers will head into Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash against AFC Bournemouth in confident mood.
Following Wednesday’s win against Brentford, the R’s have now won five of their last six league games – including the last three on the bounce.
QPR last won four in a row in September 2019 and a win against the Cherries will see them replicate that feat. It, of course, won’t come easy though, as the Cherries have promotion aspirations and will be after the points themselves.
Bournemouth beat Rotherham United on Wednesday – their third win in four in all competitions – to keep themselves in the play-off places.
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 Championship fixture against AFC Bournemouth 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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Head to head
QPR wins: 33
AFC Bournemouth wins: 27
QPR: Luke Amos and Charlie Owens are sidelined with long-term knee injuries. Jordy de Wijs is edging closer to full fitness.
AFC Bournemouth: Striker Dom Solanke is out with an ankle injury. Full-back Jack Stacey has a knee injury, Rodrigo Riquelme has a hamstring problem and defender Steve Cook has an adductor injury.
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “If we’re not at it, we’ll get hurt – they [Bournemouth] have the quality in their ranks to hurt any team in the league. We’ll have to do our jobs very well. It’ll be a good game with two teams who like to play football. I’m looking forward to it.”
AFC Bournemouth interim manager Jonathan Woodgate: “Charlie Austin has gone back in at QPR and he has really galvanised their season. As well as being a top player, he is a leader too. They've won five of the six games since he came back and we know that QPR will provide us with a very difficult challenge on Saturday.”
QPR 1-0 Bournemouth – 23rd August 2003
A single goal from Rangers striker Paul Furlong was enough to see Rangers beat Bournemouth at Loftus Road in the August sunshine.
In a season that would, of course, end in promotion, Ian Holloway’s men were made to work for their victory.
The Cherries – who would finish the campaign in ninth position – came close to breaking the deadlock when Derek Holmes hit the crossbar from eight yards before then heading an inviting Stephen Purchase cross wide of the target.
At the other end, R’s winger Kevin McLeod whipped a cross into the box that Bournemouth defender Karl Broadhurst headed into his own net – only for it to be ruled out for offside – but the hosts did then find their winner on 63 minutes.
Another dangerous McLeod cross was sent into the box and this time Furlong was there to expertly guide the ball into the net with his head, which proved to be enough for all three points.
QPR Starting XI: Day, Carlisle, Shittu, Padula, Palmer, Ainsworth, Bircham, Rowlands, McLeod, Thorpe, Furlong.
Darren Bond will take charge of Saturday's game at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
So far this season, he has overseen 20 matches - 17 of which have come in the Sky Bet Championship - where he has dished out 68 yellow cards and two reds.
Bond has officiated Rangers once already this season, for the 1-0 victory over Cardiff City last month.
He will be supported by assistant referees Mark Russell and George Byrne and fourth official Robert Whitton.