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MansionBet Match Preview: QPR (A)

City have the chance to bounce back from defeat when they head to the capital on Tuesday evening.

Mark Warburton's QPR are the hosts in West London to kick off the December schedule and the Robins will be hoping for better fortunes after a disappointing 3-1 loss at the hands of Reading on Saturday.

In partnership with MansionBet, here’s a preview of what you can expect from the fixture with the Hoops...

Dean Holden revealed his disappointment after that loss in Berkshire, acknowledging his players were not at the level he expected from them.

Though Nahki Wells equalised as City looked like they might potentially get on top, Reading responded quickly and fired home again in injury time. The scoreline could have been worse but for Dan Bentley's performance between the posts.

Now Holden is keen to ensure heads don't drop, with that being City's first defeat after a four-game unbeaten run. They were five games without a victory prior to that spell and the message over the last couple of days has been not allowing a similar fate to follow once more.

 

As for QPR, wins have been hard to come by for Mark Warburton this season. After picking up three points on the opening day, it wouldn’t be until Halloween that QPR secured victory again in their 3-2 win over Cardiff City.

Since then, wins over Derby County and Rotherham United in November have helped the Hoops climb to 15th in the table but they would be beaten 2-1 by Brentford in Saturday’s West London derby.

Vitaly Janelt Brentford ahead on 14 minutes, but QPR top scorer Lyndon Dykes equalised from close range 12 minutes later. Ivan Toney went on to score the second-half winner, though QPR ended the game with 10 men after defender Todd Kane was dismissed for a high tackle, meaning he is suspended for Tuesday’s match with the Robins.

The R's are a team who often look for width, however they are susceptible to the counter-attack and defending the wide areas meaning City’s wing-backs could be set for a busy evening.

MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
When: Tuesday, December 1st, 7.45pm KO
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: James Linington
Assistants: Daniel Leach and Adam Crysell
Fourth official: Nigel Lugg

DOWN MEMORY LANE

QPR 1-3 Bristol City
Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

Tuesday, August 21st 2018
Sky Bet Championship

Matty Taylor and Andreas Weimann scored to secure City their first league win at Loftus Road for 41 years.

Quick goals either side of half time dealt the damage as Taylor drilled a low shot to give City the lead four minutes before the break.

The away side had soaked up some QPR pressure but soon took control of the fixture as they proved their ability to respond to last weekend’s defeat.

And Weimann doubled the advantage shortly after the interval, as he converted Niclas Eliasson’s superb cross. He then tapped in his fourth goal in a City shirt as he made the most of Josh Brownhill’s cross, to put to bed any doubt of an historic win.

The result confirmed City’s first three points of the 2018/19 season and their first league victory at QPR since 1977.

HEAD TO HEAD*

QPR v Bristol City

Played: 92
City won: 32 (35%)
Drew: 25
City lost: 34

Bristol City goals: 23
QPR goals: 18

Bristol City top goalscorers: Paterson, Wells (4)
QPR goalscorer: Lyndon Dykes (8)

Bristol City most assists: Antoine Semenyo (6)
QPR most assists: Bright Osayi-Samuel (2)

Bristol City clean sheets: 7
QPR clean sheets: 3

League positions
Bristol City: 6th
QPR: 15th

*All competitions unless stated

Wells was back on the scoresheet v Reading
Dean Holden will expect a response on Tuesday night

Robins TV

City now look to lick their wounds after defeat to Reading at the weekend. Tuesday's match v QPR will be streamed exclusively live on Robins TV, with passes now available to supporters.

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