QUEENS Park Rangers are once again back in action, facing Coventry City at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as we head towards the first international break of the season.
Of course, Rangers welcome the Sky Blues to W12 for our final clash of what has been a hectic August - and the R’s will be looking to sign0off the opening month with a third league victory.
Warburton’s side head into this one on the back of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup victory over Oxford United, which booked Rangers’ place in the third round of the famous competition. But attentions will be firmly back on the league once the whistle blows this weekend.
Rangers have started the campaign well, picking up eight points from a possible 12 since the start of the 2021/22 Sky Bet Championship season. However, despite remaining undefeated, the R’s have failed to record a victory in W12 in the league and will be keen to put that right tomorrow afternoon.
Opponents Coventry - who are managed by former Manchester United striker Mark Robins - have also started well, with an impressive nine points from a possible 12 ensuring they sit in fourth place.
Supporters are reminded that as we look to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission, QPR management and players are not able to sign autographs or pose for photos at this time. We look forward to when normality can return but ask all supporters to understand and respect the reasons behind this.
The EFL recently confirmed that they will return to the position as was prior to the pandemic when the live broadcast or streaming of its matches domestically is prohibited between the hours of 2.45pm-5.15pm on Saturday afternoons.
Therefore, match passes for Saturday's home Championship fixture against Coventry City can only be purchased outside of the UK and Ireland.
Live commentary will be available worldwide, however - including the UK and Ireland.
To purchase a commentary or live video match pass for Coventry, click HERE.
QPR wins: 43
Coventry wins: 48
QPR: Lee Wallace, Luke Amos, Sam Field and Charlie Owens will all miss out for the R’s through injury. Lyndon Dykes will look for a return following illness.
Coventry: The Sky Blues have no fresh injury concerns, with Matty Godden pushing for a return.
Mark Warburton (QPR manager): “I have a huge amount of respect for Mark Robins and the work his staff have done. We know what we face tomorrow, they know how to win, they have a togetherness, they are a good team. But our job will be to match that challenge and make sure that the crowd enjoy watching us and we can create a special atmosphere.”
Mark Robins (Coventry manager): “We can expect a real stern examination, but I think it’ll be a really good game, there are a lot of similarities between the two teams and the way they go about things is good.
“They play a really good brand of football, they’ve got some really good players like the front three of Willock, Chair and Charlie Austin and obviously Lyndon Dykes who’s there as well, so if he’s back in and available then they have some power up front and some willing runners.”
QPR 3, Coventry City 0: April 2nd 2021
Queens Park Rangers were on hand to clinch a comfortable 3-0 victory over Coventry City at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
Early first-half strikes from Chris Willock and an own goal from Michael Rose set Rangers on their way, and Ilias Chair’s effort midway through the second half wrapped an enjoyable Good Friday afternoon in W12.
QPR Starting XI: Lumley, Kakay, Cameron, Barbet, Dickie, Wallace, Field, Johansen, Chair, Willock, Austin
Dean Whitestone will take charge of this weekend’s clash with Coventry City.
This will be Whitestone’s first Rangers clash since April, and he will be supported by assistant referees Graham Kane and Philip Dermott and fourth official Joshua Smith.