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MATCH PREVIEW: TOWN V QPR

26 December 2017

A look at the Boxing Day clash as Blues host QPR at Portman Road. Kick-off 3pm

Current Standings
Town are 10th following defeat at Wolves last time out but remain just three points outside the Play-Off places. QPR have risen to 18th and will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to three games.

League form
Town – 9/15 points                                                        

Derby (A) W 1-0                                                             
Forest (H) W 4-2                                                             
Middlesbrough (A) L 2-0                                                
Reading (H) W 2-0                                                          
Wolves (A) L 1-0                                                           

QPR – 5/15 points

Brentford (H) D 2-2
Preston (A) L 1-0
Leeds (H) L 3-1
Birmingham (A) W 2-1
Bristol City (H) D 1-1

Last time we met: QPR 2-1 Town 09.09.17
Bersant Celina’s late wonder strike wasn’t enough as Blues fell to a 2-1 defeat at Loftus Road in September. Jamie Mackie put Rangers ahead with a neat finish just before half-time and Luke Freeman doubled the advantage four minutes after the restart. Celina then set up a grandstand finish as the Manchester City loanee beat three players before firing into the net from the edge of the penalty area. Fellow loanee Callum Connolly then saw a shot blocked before Tom Adeyemi volleyed over as Mick McCarthy’s side tried desperately to level but to no avail.

Previous meetings at Portman Road
26.11.16 Town 3-0 QPR
26.12.15 Town 2-1 QPR
11.01.14 Town 1-3 QPR
14.09.10 Town 0-3 QPR
28.12.09 Town 3-0 QPR

One to watch
Luke Freeman – the midfielder has proved to be a worthy acquisition to Ian Holloway’s side, and continues to impress. The January arrival from Bristol City has provided eight assists so far in his first full season and has also chipped in with three goals this term.

Could be the difference
Goals against for Rangers.
QPR haven’t kept a clean sheet in the Championship since October, and haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home all season.

 


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