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QPR v Blackburn Rovers - Match Preview

QUEENS Park Rangers another former Premier League flop in Blackburn Rovers, with both sides more than aware how ownership can give give contrasting fortunes.

Talk to any Blackburn Rovers supporter and the word 'Venkys' is usually given the short shrift given their tumultuous impact at Ewood Park in recent seasons.

Dispatching of Sam Allardyce with all the ruthlessness of a hardened businessman, the club's owners subsequently let Steve Kean run riot with the club's fortunes - seeing them relegated from the top flight.

QPR fans can then identify with the months that followed, Kean departed, following by Henning Berg, followed by Michael Appleton as the club fell onto the brink of chaos.

Only the signing of Jordan Rhodes maintained their stability in the second tier and with Gary Bowyer at the helm, Rovers have found some consistency, albeit firmly planed in mid-table in the Championship.

Rangers meanwhile sit joint top alongside Leicester City and should they pick up a better scoreline than the Foxes, the Rs will claim top spot this evening.

TEAM NEWS

Queens Park Rangers will be without long-term absentees Ale Faurlin, Nedum Onuoha and Bobby Zamora - but the latter will be closing in on a return over the Christmas period.

Gary O'Neil could make his 400th professional appearance while David Dunn is expected to return to the Blackburn Rovers side for his 350th appearance.

Grant Hanley is available to re-join the back four - which could even become a back three with Rovers manager Gary Bowyer looking to tinker with his line-up.

STATS

Rovers shade the head to head with 15 wins to Rangers 12. They have a useful recent record at Loftus Road also, winning three of their last five in W12, while QPR last beat today's counterparts in 1993 courtesy of a Colin Hendry own goal.

Rangers recent home record has been formidable, conceding only two goals and dropping only two points - a draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.

PREDICTION

Rangers have an excellent home record and Rovers have lost their last two fixtures on the road in handsome fashion. Bowyer has called for a reaction from his players and in goalscorer Jordan Rhodes, they have a potent threat.

I predict that Rangers will edge this clash 2-1.

NEXT UP

Rangers travel to high-flying Blackpool next time out at Bloomfield Road.




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Date:Saturday December 7 2013

Time: 1:14PM

 

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