QUEENS PARK RANGERS are back in West London this weekend as Mark Warburton’s QPR side look to bounce back from Monday’s disappointing trip to Nottingham.
Rangers headed to the City Ground full of confidence following the 3-0 victory over Coventry City, but a 3-1 defeat to Forest ensures that the R’s will be keen for a positive result tomorrow, when they line up against Sheffield Wednesday at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (3pm BST kick-off).
With the Championship campaign drawing to a close, Warburton will be keen for his side to finish the final few games of the season on a positive note, starting with the Owls tomorrow.
Following the turn of the year Rangers had been in impressive form, as they have moved themselves clear of the drop zone. However, the Super Hoops will be keen for Monday’s defeat to Forest to be a minor blip in what has been a great few months.
As we take a closer look at opponents Sheffield Wednesday, it’s clear to see that they have struggled this season, with their 23rd placed position in the league table ensuring that as we reach the tail end of the campaign, they face a battle to stay in the division. But the arrival of boss Darren Moore in March has finally started to pay dividends.
A morale boosting 5-0 victory over Cardiff City last time out will ensure that the Owls will head to the capital with a lot more confidence and momentum behind them compared to what they would’ve had only a few weeks ago.
Tomorrow’s game will be contested behind closed doors but Season Ticket Holders will be able to watch every kick live on QPR+.
Season ticket holders in the UK or Ireland will be able to watch Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash against Sheffield Wednesday live on QPR+.
As per EFL rules, a 2020/21 QPR+ season ticket voucher covers ALL home and midweek away matches.
This 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.
Match passes for Saturday’s game are priced at £7 for overseas fans, with pricing being set by the EFL.
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Head to head
QPR wins: 26
Sheffield Wednesday wins: 32
QPR: Luke Amos Charlie Owens and Tom Carroll are side lined with long-term knee injuries, whilst Todd Kane and Jordy de Wijs look to return, Charlie Austin misses out through suspension.
Sheffield Wednesday: Kieren Westwood and Chey Dunkley continue their return, whilst Joost van Aken and Fisayo Dele-Bashiru are back in training.
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “We have to oppose ourselves and if we do that when going forward we know that we can create numerous chances. They are scrapping for their lives; we have to recognise and respect that and prepare for a tough encounter.”
Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore “We must maintain the level of the Cardiff game, we have put in some good performances in the last few weeks, we know there is still work to do but we continue to work hard and must meet the levels of consistency we need.”
QPR 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday 13th April 2009
Gareth Ainsworth’s QPR side came from two goals down to seal a dramatic 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in mid-April.
An own goal from Gavin Mahon gave the visitors the lead halfway through the first half and Marcus Tudgay’s penalty kick early in the second period seemingly sealed the victory for the Owls.
On one of his first games back since his double leg fracture, Rowan Vine was on hand to pull one back for Ainsworth’s men. Before Mahon atoned for his earlier effort by heading home.
With only two minutes left on the clock Jamaican centre half Damion Stewart sealed a memorable victory in W12 when he headed home late on.
QPR Starting XI: Cerny, Ramage, Stewart, Gorkss, Connolly, Cook, Mahon, Taarabt, Lopez, Routledge, Helguson.
John Brooks will take charge of tomorrow’s game in W12.
So far this season, he has overseen 26 matches – 22 of which have come in the Sky Bet Championship - where he has dished out 88 yellow cards and four reds.
This will be Brooks second Rangers game this season, with his first clash coming in our goalless home draw with Birmingham City in October.
He will be supported by assistant referees Nick Greenhalgh and Akil Howson and fourth official Lee Swabey.