UK time is: 00:52:20
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

QPR vs. Coventry City

Loftus Road

23/01/2011

13.15

On Sky

Preview - QPR v Coventry

For some strange reason the people at Sky saw fit to televise both fixtures between these two sides, and for the life of me I can't think why. If anyone with a shred of footballing knowledge has watched Coventry City this season, then they would realise televising a match involving an Aidy Boothroyd side renowned for the infamous long-ball tactic is not the best way to advertise the Championship.

All it does, however, is demonstrate the vast gulf in quality between the Premiership and the Championship. Not only is that particular brand of football depressing to watch, it is mind-numbingly boring too. Hopefully QPR can do their best to make the match as entertaining as possible and you never know Coventry might actually get sucked into a game of football.

After the injuries to Patrick Agyemang and Jamie Mackie and with Kyle Walker joining Aston Villa, an injection of pace was desperately needed with Wayne Routledge and Ishmael Miller certainly fitting the bill, both experienced professionals at Championship level.

According to reports, Coventry battered Sheffield United last week and were unlucky not to come away with all three points. The Sky blues hit the woodwork several times and managed 17 corners and 21 attempts on goal but failed to find a way past Blades keeper Steve Simonsen.

A change in tactics certainly made their last match more entertaining, and maybe Boothroyd will stick to his new-found passing tactic on Sunday. Coventry have gone seven league games without a win which unfortunately means for QPR they will no doubt end their baron spell live on Sky.

Last Fixture

Burnley 0
QPR 0

Team: Paddy Kenny, Clint Hill, Bradley Orr, Matt Connolly, Kaspars Gorkss, Shaun Derry, Petter Vaagan Moen, Adel Taarabt (Fitz Hall 89), Alejandro Faurlin (Leon Clarke 81), Tommy Smith, Rob Hulse (Heidar Helguson 81)

Coventry City 0
Sheffield United 0

Team: Keiren Westwood, Richard Keogh, Martin Cranie, Richard Wood, Stephen O'Halloran, Michael Doyle, Carl Baker, Aron Gunnarsson, Freddy Eastwood, Lukas Jutkiewicz (Clive Platt 86), Gary McSheffrey

QPR Team News:

QPR are without long-term injured quartet Patrick Agyemang, Akos Buzsaky, Peter Ramage and Jamie Mackie.

If Alejandro Faurlin is passed fit for the match, Neil Warnock is expected to name the same side that featured against Burnley.

Wayne Routledge, Pascal Chimbonda and Ishmael Miller are all available to Warnock but it remains to be seen who will start for Rangers this weekend.

Possible line up:

Kenny

Orr-Connolly - Gorkss - Hill

Derry - Faurlin

Smith - Taarabt- Vaagan Moen

Hulse

Player to watch: Petter Vaagan Moen

Attacking midfielder Petter Vaagan Moen will be the one to watch on Sunday. Providing he features, it will be the first time most fans would have seen the new man in action. The Norwegian International is a dead-ball expert who possesses a sweet left foot.

According to reports against Burnley and Blackburn, Vaagan Moen looks to be a decent acquisition and has adjusted to the English game well. It will be interesting to see how he copes in front of the Sky cameras and a first goal for the R`s would certainly go down a storm.

Vaagan Moen started his career at in HamKam and helped the club to promotion to the Tippeliga in 2003. His fine-form didn`t go unnoticed and the midfielder signed for SK Brann for a fee believed to be in the region of 1million. Vaagan Moen featured 123 times for Brann, scoring an impressive 31 goals. He has also represented Norway seven times scoring one goal.

Coventry City Team News:

Controversial striker Marlon King returns from suspension following his dismissal against Ipswich Town. Midfielder Sammy Clingan is fit for selection after coming through a recent reserve match.

Coventry captain Lee Carsley is currently expected to be out for three to four weeks with an Achilles and groin injury.

Possible line-up:

Westwood

Keogh - McPake - Wood - O`Halloran

Bell - Gunnarsson - Clingan - McSheffrey
Eastwood - King

Player to watch: Freddy Eastwood

Freddy Eastwood has been identified by DanielQPR as the player to watch ahead of this weekend's match against Coventry City.

To view all the stats on the One to Watch Click Here >>>

The Stat Attack

LAST FIVE

Queens Park Rangers: WLDLD
Coventry City: LDLWD

HEAD 2 HEAD

Queens Park Rangers: 35
Coventry City: 28
Draw: 44

LAST TIME OUT

npower Championship - 28/12/10
Coventry City 0
< b>Queens Park Rangers 2 (Westwood og, Smith)

Team: Kenny, Hill, Connolly, Gorkss, Walker, Derry, Taarabt (Rowlands), Faurlin, Mackie, Smith (Clarke), Helguson (Orr)

Attendance: 17,678

Ref Watch:

Referee: Mr M Haywood
Assistants: Mr P Kettlewell & Mr G Stretton
Fourth Official: Mr J Adcock

Mark Haywood is the match official for Sunday's clash against Coventry. Haywood has officiated 21 games this season, one of those being QPR's match against Derby County which saw the R's make an impressive late comeback after going two goals down. His most recent game was the match between Brentford and Exeter. Last season Haywood issued 76 yellow cards and three red cards in 35 games.

To read more see: Ref Watch >>>

Match Prediction:

If the last match between the sides is anything to go by then I fully expect Coventry to bombard our backline with a direct passing game. Hopefully it proves to be as ineffective as it was in the previous encounter. I`m confident that Kaspars Gorkss and Matthew Connolly will cope with the inevitable aerial bombardment and we can build on their solidarity. As long as our defence doesn`t panic and remains composed then I think the match is ours for the taking.

Both teams have struggled for form of late which means this fixture represents a perfect opportunity for Rangers to kick-start their promotion charge as we head into the business end of the season. Adel Taarabt has been playing well so I expect him to revel in front of the adoring R`s faithful. Tommy Smith and Petter Vaagan Moen will need to put in a performance if they are to keep their places in the team, especially as rumours of new signings are rife.

I think Coventry will have their moments in the game just as they did in the previous fixture but once again I get the feeling Rangers will be too strong for the Sky Blues. An early goal will go a long way for the R`s confidence.

2-0 QPR. Tommy Smith and Adel Taarabt to score.

Next Up

Who: Hull City

Where: KC Stadium

When: 29/01/11 - 15.00




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: JackSupple Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 22 2011

Time: 11:30PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

Sissoko Sends QPR Bottom (Saturday November 22 2014)

Newcastle United v QPR - Match Preview (Friday November 21 2014)

One to Watch - Ayoze Perez (Friday November 21 2014)

Charlie Closing On England Spot (Saturday November 8 2014)

One to Watch - Sergio Aguero (Friday November 7 2014)

QPR v Manchester City - Match Preview (Friday November 7 2014)

Spirited QPR Edged Out (Saturday November 1 2014)

Stats: Chelsea v QPR (Saturday November 1 2014)

Archived Queens Park Rangers Articles

List All Vital QPR Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. QPR4Me 22
2. dustman 13
3. Superhoop50 11
4. The Uncredibale Hulk 11
5. sandydl 8
6. DMD_QPR 7
7. rodneeranger 4
8. jezza99 4
9. jdqpr1882 4
10. danielqpr 4

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Newcastle 1 - 0 Q.P.R.
Q.P.R. 2 - 2 Man City
Chelsea 2 - 1 Q.P.R.
Q.P.R. 2 - 0 Aston Villa
Q.P.R. 2 - 3 Liverpool
West Ham 2 - 0 Q.P.R.

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Sunderland 12 2 7 3 -7 13
15. Hull City 11 2 5 4 -2 11
16. Aston Villa 11 3 2 6 -11 11
17. Leicester City 12 2 4 6 -7 10
18. Burnley 12 2 4 6 -12 10
19. Crystal Palace 11 2 3 6 -6 9
20. Q.P.R. 12 2 2 8 -12 8

Breaking League News

The First Goal Matters
Arsenal : 22/11/2014 22:28:00
Rate The Players: Manchester City 2-1 Swansea City
Swansea : 22/11/2014 20:54:00
Bojan wins October goal of the month
Stoke : 22/11/2014 20:54:00
Pellegrini Praises Swansea City After Win
Swansea : 22/11/2014 20:40:00
Monk Disappointed Not To Get a Point at Man City
Swansea : 22/11/2014 20:32:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Where do QPR need to strengthen most?
Suggested By:  Boxer
Goalkeeper 7%
Defender 22%
Midfielder 7%
Forward 64%