Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Watford v QPR - Preview

Watford
vs.
QPR

Vicarage Road

30/04/2011

15.00

In what has felt like an eternity waiting for this match, QPR have yet another chance to claim a place in the Premier league when they make the short journey to Vicarage Road on Saturday to play Watford. After Hull`s late equaliser and Norwich`s 100th last minute goal of the season, QPR were denied promotion for the time being. Neil Warnock`s men need only a point from their remaining two games to win the league but if Clint Hill`s latest interview with QPRplayer is anything to go by, the R`s will not be content with playing for the point. They want to win it in style.

Way back in December, QPR suffered back to back defeats for the only time this season against Watford and Leeds. Interestingly, the way the fixture list has panned out, Rangers have a great chance to avenge the disappointing results starting with Watford on Saturday. In recent weeks, QPR have struggled to kill teams off. Derby and Hull were both there for the taking but the R`s squandered several chances. If we had Danny Graham up front, I can`t help but feel we would`ve been home and dry by now.

Realistically, Watford won`t make the play-offs but they have had an excellent season considering they were amongst the favourites for relegation. Malky McKay has done a terrific job blending youth and experience to build a team that relies on the pace of the youngsters and guile of the experienced pros. If the Hornets lose Danny Graham in the summer, they could be in for a tough season, although I`m sure they will have enough about them to survive. Graham has led the line superbly and has proven to be a real handle for most defences this season and he will certainly be a thorn in the R`s backline this Saturday.

Last Fixture

QPR 1 (Routledge)
Hull 1 (Amoo)

Team: Kenny, Orr, Hill, Gorkss, Hall, Derry, Faurlin, Taarabt, Smith (Ephraim), Routledge, Helguson (Agyemang)

Leicester City 4 (Bruma x2, Yakubu x2)
Watford 2 (Sordell x2)

Team: Loach, Hodson, Taylor (Bennett), Mariappa, Doyley, Eustace, Cowie, Mingoia (Drinkwater), Deeney, Graham, Weimann (Sordell)

Watford Team News:

The Hornets will be without on-loan striker Andreas Weimann. The Austrian will miss the match after sustaining a foot injury in the match against Leicester City.

Unfortunately for Malky McKay, midfielder Ross Jenkins will have to sit out the rest of the season with an ankle injury. McKay will be boosted by the news that winger Matt Whichelow could return from his ankle problem.

Possible line-up:

Loach

Hodson - Taylor - Mariappa - Doyley

Deeney - Eustace - Drinkwater - Cowie

Graham - Sordell

Player to watch: Danny Graham

Danny Graham has been identified by DanielQPR as the player to watch ahead of Saturday`s match against Watford.

For Daniel's comprehensive review of the striker Click Here >>>

QPR Team News:

Fitz Hall could be out with a hamstring injury. The towering centre-back struggled towards the end of the game against Hull and could miss the Watford match.

Should Hall miss the match, Matt Connolly is most likely to deputise.

Possible line up:

Kenny

Orr - Gorkss - Hall - Hill

Faurlin - Derry

Routledge - Taarabt - Smith

Helguson

Player to watch: Tommy Smith

In recent games, Smith has underperformed, possibly a result of fatigue and lack of confidence. Saturday`s match should see Smith raise his game. Personally, I like Tommy Smith. I think he has several good qualities as a footballer. He is industrious, doesn`t lose the ball, has a decent cross on him and scores every now and then. Although I feel he should score more given the talent he possesses. It`s no secret that we have missed Jamie Mackie but Smith and Wayne Routledge have played well since his horror injury against Blackburn. I could see Smith scoring against his former employers and wouldn`t it be fitting if it proved to be the goal to take us up.

The Stat Attack

LAST FIVE

Queens Park Rangers: LWDDD
Watford: LDDWL

HEAD 2 HEAD

Queens Park Rangers: 47
Watford: 30
Draw: 31

LAST TIME OUT

Coca Cola Championship - 10/12/10
Loftus Road

QPR 1 (Smith)
Watford 3 (Graham x2, Mutch)

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

Attendance: 14,079

Ref Watch:

Referee: Mr N Swarbrick
Assistants: Ms S Massey & Mr P Kelly
Fourth Official: Mr O Saliy

Neil Swarbrick is the match official for Saturday`s game and has officiated 37 games this season. His most recent game was Crystal Palace`s crucial win over Leeds United.

Last season Swarbrick issued 104 yellow cards and 8 red cards in 35 games.

To read more see: Ref Watch >>>

Match Prediction:

If QPR attack from the off, it is well within their capabilities to win the match at a canter. Unfortunately, as the season draws to a close, QPR`s attacking confidence has diminished. There have been flashes of the expansive two-touch passing game that saw us demolish Swansea and co but for some reason we have gone direct on too many occasions. Heider Helguson, who is usually an expert at bringing others into play, is looking leggy and this has without a doubt stifled our attacking play. Helguson is the point man that brings others into play but in recent games he has struggled and looks knackered. This means relying on Smith, Routlege and Taarabt and possibly Agyemang to drive the team into the top flight.

I think the match will be very open. Watford on their own patch will be looking for all three points to stop the R`s celebrating promotion. I`m not sure Gorkss and Hall will be able to deal with Graham and Sordell and I think we will concede at some stage of the game. Likewise, I don`t think Watford will be able to contain our front four, so I`m going for a score draw.

1-1

Next Up

Who: LEEDS UNITED

Where: LOFTUS ROAD

When: 07/05/2011 - 12.45


Writer:JackSupple
Date:Friday April 29 2011
Time: 11:19PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Nottm Forest
Suggested By:
Smithies50%
Perch0%
Onuoha 50%
Lynch 0%
Bidwell 0%
Wszolek 0%
Luongo 0%
Manning 0%
Freeman 0%
Washington 0%
Smith0%
Mackie 0%
Doughty0%
Ngbakoto 0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 45 28 8 9 92 34
P Newcastle 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Reading 45 25 7 13 82 2
4 Sheff Wed 45 24 9 12 81 16
5 Huddersfield 45 25 6 14 81 1
6 Fulham 45 21 14 10 77 27
7 Leeds Utd 45 22 8 15 74 14
8 Norwich 45 19 10 16 67 12
9 Derby County 45 18 12 15 66 4
10 Brentford 45 18 10 17 64 12
11 Preston 45 16 14 15 62 2
12 Aston Villa 45 16 13 16 61 -1
13 Cardiff 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 45 15 13 17 58 0
15 Wolves 45 15 10 20 55 -5
16 Ipswich 45 13 16 16 55 -7
17 Bristol City 45 15 9 21 54 -5
18 Q.P.R. 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Burton 45 13 13 19 52 -12
20 Birmingham 45 12 14 19 50 -20
21 Forest 45 13 9 23 48 -13
22 Blackburn 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Wigan 45 10 11 24 41 -17
R Rotherham 45 5 7 33 22 -58
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2017 12:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk50
2.QPR4Me17
3.nowexpat2
4.ImSitiv1
5.Boxer1
Write for Vital Football