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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V QPR

25 November 2016

Blues defender, Berra expects Saturday's visitors to be open and attacking under new management team

Christophe Berra believes he knows what to expect from an Ian Holloway side, but is wary of the impact a new manager can have.

The Blues host QPR at Portman Road on Saturday with the visitors under the stewardship of new boss, Holloway for just the second time having won his opening match against Norwich at Loftus Road last weekend.

"A new manager always makes an impact because there will be players who haven't been playing so training will be fast and ferocious," Christophe told Ipswich Player HD.

"Players will be on guard and giving it their all to impress so we know how difficult it will be. He's got a way of playing and a philosophy that works for him, and I've played against his side at Blackpool that was very attacking and free flowing.

"They want to create chances and score goals so I'm sure that's what we can expect.

"With a new manager, they'll be trying new things so they'll be up for the game, but so will we.

"Against Forest we gave away a couple of bad goals from individual mistakes and didn't score up the other end which isn't a good recipe.

"Hopefully this time we can get the early goal and make the game a bit more open which will suit us, but all the boys are looking to put things right and hopefully get a win against a good QPR side."

 


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Team News

Town

Mick McCarthy is expecting to have Adam Webster available for selection again, with the defender having trained in the week after recovering from a groin strain that forced him to miss the home defeat by Nottingham Forest last week. Leon Best is also in contention to return to the squad after shaking off a niggling knee injury, but Brett Pitman [ankle], Tommy Smith [back], Luke Hyam and Giles Coke [both knee] remain out.


QPR

The R's are likely to be without defender, Jack Robinson for the trip to Suffolk, after the former Liverpool man limped off in the 2-1 win over the Canaries last weekend with a hamstring problem. Jake Bidwell [shoulder] Steven Caulker is a doubt with a hip injury that has forced him to miss the R's last two matches, but Karl Henry returns from suspension. Jake Bidwell [shoulder] remains out.

Where They Stand

Town: 17th
QPR: 13th

Last Time They Met

Matt Phillips scored with two minutes remaining on a difficult afternoon for Town at Loftus Road in February. Bartosz Bialkowski was in inspired form, making at three tremendous stops from Junior Hoilett in the first-half, but Phillips nodded home from close range having been set-up by Nasser El Khayati with the game looking as if it was going to end in a stalemate. The game was also marred by injuries to Ryan Fraser, Cole Skuse and Giles Coke, with Fraser and Coke missing the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.


Key Players

Jonny Williams

The midfielder on-loan from Crystal Palace has impressed from the bench in recent weeks and may well have a case for starting at the weekend. The 45 minutes he played against Nottingham Forest last weekend was the longest time he has spent on the pitch since rejoining Town in the summer, and with the ankle injury that kept him sidelined for a number of months fully recovered, he could be an important player for Blues boss, Mick McCarthy going forward.

Tjaronn Chery

The Dutch midfielder has been involved in seven of the R's 19 Championship goals so far this term, scoring four and assisting a further three. Having been named the Players' Player of the Year last season, he has carried his form into this campaign. He missed a penalty in the 2-1 win over Norwich last weekend, and will be looking to make amends at Portman Road this time out.

Sky Bet Odds

Town: 11/8
Draw: 2/1
QPR: 23/10

Match Officials

Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant Referees: Adam Crysell & Michael George
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward


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