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Posted Friday, September 17th 2021

🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: QPR (A)

We're back on the road with a trip to face QPR this Saturday as we look to stretch our unbeaten run.

Here we take a closer look at our opponents as we gear up for the weekend's action.

Our opponents

Queens Park Rangers have seen continued progression in the last few seasons under Mark Warburton. They went from a 19th-placed finish at the end of the 2018/19 campaign, albeit Warburton took charge at the end of the campaign, but they rose to finish 13th the following year and secure ninth spot back in May.

They’ve started the 2021/22 season strongly too, with a six-game unbeaten start to the league before a first taste of defeat in midweek as they lost 2-1 to AFC Bournemouth. Both clubs were unbeaten heading into the fixture, meaning only the Cherries and West Brom are yet to drop points in the Championship so far.

However, one defeat does not dent the Hoops and their ambition to be a force to be reckoned with in this division. They have scored in every game this campaign, including the Carabao Cup where they find themselves in Round Three, and they will be happy to find themselves seventh in the league standings at this early point in the season.

Warburton’s side also boast a possession-based game, with an average of 59% of the ball and they’re a team of accurate passers with an average completion rate of 82.7%.

Across the division, QR are 4th highest for both possession and pass accuracy, fifth for shots per game (13.6), and third for average squad rating (6.85).

Former Arsenal midfielder Chris Willock, who is our one to watch below, and Rob Dickie were also named in the Championship Team of the Month for August. It was a promising start to the campaign and momentum is on their side as Bristol City head to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

The Robins are looking to continue their good form away from home. Nigel Pearson’s side are three unbeaten as well as our last two wins coming on the road away to Reading and Cardiff City, respectively.

As for our record in West London, we have not lost in our last five trips to QPR (W3, D2) within 90 minutes, though we lost on penalties in the Carabao Cup after the fixture was tied at 3-3 in the 2019/20 campaign.

QPR PROFILE

Formed: 1882
Stadium: Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
Nickname: The Hoops, Rangers
Manager: Mark Warburton
Finish last season: 9th Sky Bet Championship

Honours:

  • Division Two / Championship winners: 1982/83, 2010/11. Play-off winners: 2013/14
  • Division Three winners: 1947/48, 1966/67
  • League Cup winners: 1966/67

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
When: Saturday, September 18th, 3pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship, Matchday 8

Referee: Leigh Doughty
Assistant referee: Natalie Aspinall
Assistant referee: Adrian Waters
Fourth official: Sunny Gill

Form guide

⚽️ Our last game: Match action v Luton Town

We were held to a 1-1 draw at home on Wednesday night.

Nathan Baker headed City in front in a half the Robins dominated but the Hatters struck with an injury-time equaliser to share the points.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Chris Willock

Chris Willock has been ever present for the R's this season. Boasting an Opta rating of 7.43 to this point, he has two goals and two assists, including one of each to help overcome Middlesbrough 3-2 last month.

The midfielder has played every minute of Championship football so far this season and has helped QPR reach Round Three of the Carabao Cup, although he was an unused substitute in the penalty shootout win against Leyton Orient. He averages around 37 passes per game of which 85.9% have been completed. 

Chris, brother of Newcastle United's Joe Willock, is a product of the Arsenal Youth Academy, who made just two substitute appearances in the League Cup for the Gunners.

He moved to Benfica ahead of the 2017/18 season but struggled to break in at the Portuguese outfit. He returned to England with loans at West Brom and Huddersfield before a transfer to West London in October 2020.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

QPR 0-2 Bristol City
01.12.2020
Championship
Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Nahki Wells scored against his former side to help City in a 2-1 win over QPR in West London.

The Hoops were arguably the better side in the first half and they took the lead through Rob Dickie’s header inside just 12 minutes.

But City would have to come from behind with Callum O’Dowda in inspirational form. He set up the first with a cross for Wells who equalised at the far post just before the break, and the away team had a different look about them in the second half.

Ádám Nagy struck the winner just five minutes after the interval with QPR a more nullified side as the game progressed. Wells could’ve had another goal but saw a late free kick kiss the post, while the hosts missed opportunities, notably through Macauley Bonne and Albert Adomah.

Nahki Wells netted against his former loan club in this fixture last season

🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Bristol City

Matches v the opposition: 93
Won: 33
Drew: 25
Lost: 35

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 10
Goals conceded: 10 

Championship position: 12th (9 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 13
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann 4
Most assists: Chris Martin 2
Best average rating (Opta): Marin 7.16

Possession: 46.6%
Passing percentage: 67.4%
Tackle success percentage: 71.4%
Average aerial duels won: 30.4

QPR

Matches v opposition: 93
Won: 35
Drew: 25
Lost: 33

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 18
Goals conceded: 11

Championship position: 7th (12 points)
Carabao Cup: Round Three (v Everton)
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 10
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Rob Dickie 4
Most assists: Stefan Johanson, Willock 2
Best average rating (Opta): Dickie 7.4

Possession: 59%
Passing percentage: 82.7%
Tackle success percentage: 66.5%
Average aerial duels won: 20.2


🎟 TICKET NEWS

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