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🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: QPR (H)

Take an in-depth look at how City match up against Queens Park Rangers at Ashton Gate tomorrow night (7:45pm).

🔴 OURSELVES

City head into this game off the back of a narrow 3-2 defeat to Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate on Saturday, 18th December after their Boxing Day game against Luton Town was postponed due to a number of positive cases in the Luton camp.

Nigel Pearson will want to see his side regain the home form they had prior to defeat against Huddersfield in their final fixture of 2021.

Speaking to Robins TV, Pearson said: "We need to be brave enough to manage the ball. To get the best out of ourselves we have to be able to mix our game up and sometimes play through the thirds.

"They (QPR) are a good team and Mark (Warburton) has got them well organised. They play a good brand of football and have good players at their disposal, we have to make sure we are at our best." 

After scoring his fourth brace of the season in City’s last game, Andreas Weimann will be looking to hit double figures in the Hoops’ visit to Ashton Gate.

Nahki Wells will also be looking to get on the scoresheet having scored a late winner against his former club earlier on in the season.

🧳 OUR OPPONENTS

QPR come into this game off the back of two successive defeats after previously winning three on the bounce.

In both defeats they have failed to get on the scoresheet therefore Mark Warburton may look to bring Andre Gray back into the side after the Hoops' last goal came via the striker in a dramatic last-gasp win against Derby County. 

The West London side will be hoping to improve on their 9th place finish from last season as they eye up a top six finish, currently sitting in 7th and are just one point off the play-off places with three games in hand.

📝 QPR PROFILE

Formed: 1882
Stadium: Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium
Nickname: The Hoops, Rangers, The Rs
Manager: Mark Warburton  
Finish last season: 9th, 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: Ashton Gate
When: Thursday, December 30th (7:45pm)
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referee: Paul Hodskinson
Assistant Referee: Adrian Waters
Fourth Official: Joshua Smith


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY

Match vs the opposition: 94
Won: 34
Drew: 25
Lost: 35

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 28
Goals conceded: 37

Championship position: 18th (27 points)
Carabao Cup: First Round
FA Cup: Round Three (January 8th, 2022 v Fulham at Ashton Gate)

Yellow cards: 40
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann (9)
Top assists: Andi Weimann and Chris Martin (4)

QPR

Match vs the opposition: 94
Won: 35
Drew: 25
Lost: 34

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 38
Goals conceded: 31

Championship position: 7th (35 points)
Carabao Cup: Round of 16
FA Cup: Round Three (January 8th, 2022 v Rotherham United at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium)

Yellow cards: 45
Red cards: 2

Top goalscorers: Ilias Chair and Lyndon Dykes (6)
Top assists: Ilias Chair (5)


MATCH REWIND 

Result: Bristol City 2-0 QPR
When: 17.08.19
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Ádám Nagy and Benik Afobe grabbed their first goals for the club to help City secure all three points at home to QPR.

The goals came in both halves, the opener from Nagy who continued to impress on his Ashton Gate debut. He fired City ahead with a low half-volley before Afobe doubled the Robins’ lead just before the hour-mark.

QPR keeper Joe Lumley was to blame as his mis-kick allowed Andreas Weimann to capitalise, who found Afobe to power into the back of the net and secure City's first win of the campaign.

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👀 ONE TO WATCH

Robert Dickie

Starting all 22 league games this season with seven clean sheets along the way, it's clear to see what Dickie brings to The Rs. Since joining the West London club at the start of last season from Oxford he has gone on to make 71 appearances, cementing his place in Warburton's starting XI. 

Not only has the 25-year-old shown his defensive qualities but has made an impact at the other end of the pitch, with three goal contributions to his name so far this season.

The 6ft 4 defender QPR's highest rated player this season, with an average of 7.16, showing exactly why he's vital at the back for his side. 

Dickie started his career at Reading but only made one senior appearance after spells on loan at Basingstoke Town, Cheltenham Town and Lincoln City before earning a permanent move to Oxford United in 2018. After a successful spell with the U's, the Hoops came calling.



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Tickets remain on sale for this week’s Sky Bet Championship fixture home to The Hoops.

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📺 WATCH ON ROBINS TV

As per EFL guidelines Thursday’s fixture will be available to domestic viewers with coverage getting underway at 7:15pm live from Ashton Gate.

This match has been selected for international overseas broadcast, meaning only supporters inside the UK will be able to watch the match on Robins TV, along with fans in dark markets which have not secured international coverage.

Trevor Chalis will be the live studio guest offering pre-match and post-match analysis as well as co-commentary throughout the 90 minutes.

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