QUEENS Park Rangers return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday afternoon, with a clash against fellow promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion awaiting Mark Warburton’s side at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (3pm KO).
Rangers of course head into this one on the back a winning start to 2022, with an away league victory over Birmingham City and a successful penalty shootout seven days ago versus Rotherham United in the FA Cup ensuring for the perfect opening fortnight to the new calendar year for the R’s.
However, attentions quickly switch back to our league campaign and Warburton’s men head into this game knowing that a victory over the Baggies will ensure that we leapfrog Valerien Ismael’s side into fourth position in the Championship table.
Tomorrow’s visitors head into this one following a relatively sticky patch, which has resulted in them only picking up two points from their last three league games, while also suffering defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup last time around.
But, just like the R’s, the Baggies boast a cleverly-assembled squad with vast amounts of talent flowing throughout their ranks. That ensures for a tough test for the Super Hoops this weekend.
We can confirm that – in line with updated Government requirements – fans over 18 accessing Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium must display their NHS Covid Pass to gain entry, or provide proof of a negative result from a recent lateral flow test within the previous 48 hours.
International supporters should also note that, in addition, we will accept an EU Digital COVID Certificate or US CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card for entry.
Government legislation was passed last week that means people in England who are attending any event with more than 10,000 people must comply with the above.
Supporters can obtain an NHS Covid Pass digitally through the NHS App, online via NHS.UK, or as a letter sent in the post.
The club will accept any form of proving a negative lateral flow test such as the physical test, photo of a recent test, or a screenshot of the recorded result which has been uploaded to the NHS.
We urge fans to consider the following key points ahead of future matchdays:
- Be prepared – ensure you have your Covid pass or proof of lateral flow test ready to be checked before you get to the turnstiles. It is recommended to take a screenshot of your pass before attending, as obtaining the pass using internet signal can often be problematic at large spectator venues
- Arrive early – entry to the stadium will take longer than normal so ensure you arrive well in advance of kick-off
- Co-operate – the requirement to show your Covid status is a mandatory requirement on venues so please co-operate with our staff who will have to undertake these checks
A huge thank you for your continued cooperation around Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
All overseas R's fans can now purchase a live stream match pass for Saturday's Championship fixture against West Bromwich Albion in W12.
Match passes are priced at £10. We’ve four-camera coverage plus unashamedly-partisan commentary from Nick London and Andy Sinton.
Supporters in the UK & Ireland - as well as those overseas - can access live commentary, from Nick and Andy, by purchasing a monthly or annual audio pass.
To buy a match pass or sign up to QPR+, CLICK HERE.
QPR wins: 22
West Brom wins: 16
QPR: Sam McCallum, Jordy de Wijs and Jordan Archer will miss out for the R’s, but goalkeeper David Marshall looks to make his debut.
West Brom: Alex Mowatt, Sam Johnstone and Cedric Kipre are all suspended, while Robert Snodgrass, Dara O’Shea and Kean Bryan may miss out with injury.
Mark Warburton (QPR manager): “We are at home in front of a big crowd, we have a responsibility to our supporters. The pressure is on us, we want to be in these games, playing the important matches, enjoying these atmospheres and occasions.”
Valérien Ismaël (West Brom manager): “QPR are a strong team who have had a really good first half of the campaign. They have got some really good players and have won some really important games already this year. They are up towards the top end of the table, just like us, and we know that it’ll be difficult on Saturday.”
QPR 3, West Bromwich Albion 2: December 20th 2014
Charlie Austin was the hat-trick hero in Queens Park Rangers’ Premier League victory over West Bromwich Albion in late December 2014.
Despite trailing by two courtesy of efforts from Joleon Lescott and Slivestre Varela, Austin fired in a penalty to half the deficit in the 24th minute, but at the break Rangers trailed.
Only three minutes after the restart Austin drew Harry Redknapp’s side level, a clever volley from only a matter of yards out.
This set the clash up for a dramatic end and it was the Super Hoops who would come out on top courtesy of Austin’s 11th strike and his first top-flight hat-trick in his maiden Premier League season.
A fine header in the 86th minute sealed the victory over the Baggies and moved Rangers out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
QPR Starting XI: Green, Onouha, Dunne, Caulker, Yun, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Austin, Zamora.
Simon Hooper will take charge of tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship clash with West Bromwich Albion.
This will be Hooper’s first Rangers clash of the campaign, with his last coming in the home victory over Wycombe Wanderers last March. He will be supported by assistant referees Derek Eaton and Lee Venamore and fourth official John Busby.