QPR will be looking to stretch their undefeated run to six games when they travel to Deepdale for a tough fixture against play-off hopefuls Preston North End this weekend.
The R’s who are undefeated in their last five games will hopefully be using their 2-2 draw with Birmingham City last time out to help grow Mark Warburton’s sides confidence as they travel to Lancashire.
The arrival of former Norwich City manager Alex Neil in 2017, has seemed to lift Preston North End from relegation candidates to a promotion chasing side within a couple of seasons. As seems to be the case this year, with the Lilywhites occupying the final play-off position as we approach the business end of the season.
Warburton’s side faced Preston back in December and Ebere Eze’s double sealed all three points for the R’s in what was a feisty affair in W12.
Preston head into this one on the back of a tough result in the capital at our London rivals Fulham, whilst the R’s drew 2-2 with Birmingham. North End currently sit eight places above Rangers and occupy the final play-off position, a place they will be hoping to be in come May.
In recent years, QPR have struggled at Deepdale with the R’s last win in Lancashire coming all the way back in 1980. However, victory in west London earlier on in the season will give Rangers an extra boost heading into this one.
Come the final whistle on the 2nd of May, Preston North End will be hoping to be in the exact position that they are in now. Alex Neil’s side currently sit in sixth place, which is the final play-off position and following North End’s form over the course of the season this is the place that they think they deserve to be in come May.
Tom Barkhuizen and Daniel Johnson have provided them with the goals that they have needed to maintain their high league position and helped them achieve 16 league victories, ta fete which can only be beaten by the leagues top three clubs.
Preston North End 2-1 Fulham 10th December 2019
In early December Sean Maguire and David Nugent sealed victory for Preston North End over promotion chasing Fulham.
With both sides reduced to ten men, Maguire’s first half strike gave the hosts the perfect start and when experienced striker Nugent doubled the Lilywhites advantage the points seemed to be staying in Lancashire.
Mitrovic pulled one back for the visitors, to set up a nervy climax to the game. But Preston were able to hold on and end a run of four straight defeats and give themselves a vital lift on their quest to the play-offs as they headed into a busy festive period.
Former Chelsea youngster Scott Sinclair arrived at Deepdale in January from Scottish giants Celtic, the 30-year-old has enjoyed numerous spells around the Football League, before settling in South Wales with Swansea City under Brendan Rodgers in 2010. Following a successful spell at the Liberty, Sinclair moved to Manchester City, however after failing to break into the first team he quickly moved to Aston Villa and then onto Celtic.
It was in Scotland where Sinclair met up with Rodgers once again and became a key figure of the Celtic side which claimed the double trebles.
Following four years at Celtic Park, Sinclair moved back to England and joined Preston to help with their quest of reaching the play-offs come May and the wide man notched his first goal for the Lilywhites against his former club Swansea City on only his fourth appearance for the Lancashire outfit.