UK time is: 12:21:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

QPR vs. Rochdale

Loftus Road

23/08/11

19:45

QPR v Rochdale - Match Preview

QPR welcome Rochdale to Loftus Road this evening for the second round of the Carling Cup. Neil Warnock is expected to make several changes ahead of the game tonight. Following on from the memorable win against Everton, Warnock will look to rest many first teamers suffering from illness and tiredness. The last thing Warnock would want, is more injuries for the trip to Wigan on Saturday, which for all intents and purposes, is the priority this year. Therefore, it is presumed, the R`s gaffer will experiment with his team selection, blending youth and reserve players.

Dale, meanwhile, will relish a Cup tie against Premiership opposition, whether or not the team representing QPR tonight will be indicative of a top flight team selection is debatable. Steve Eyre will have his players fired up for the match and without sounding pessimistic, I could see an upset tonight. Rochdale`s league form has been fairly hit and miss and they won`t be the most confident side to visit Loftus Road this season. After losing to Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham, they earned credible draws against Huddersfield and Carlisle. A win tonight could spark a surge of confidence and see them pick up their first league win.

Last Fixture


Everton 0
QPR 1 (Smith)

Team: Kenny, Orr, Connolly, Hall, Gabbidon, Derry, Faurlin, Smith (Ephraim), Taarabt, Buzsaky, Agyemang (Bothroyd)

Oldham 2 (Reid pen, Clarke)
Rochdale 0

Team: Kean, Darby, Widdowson, Holness, Trotman (Sent off), Jones, Grimes (Twaddle), Adams (Kennedy), Thompson (Balkestein), Tutte, Akpa Apro

QPR Team News:

Neil Warnock is expected to make wholesale changes to his side tonight, as he looks to favour the league over the cup. Players such as Petter Vaagan Moen, Lee Cook and Bruno Andrade could get a chance to impress.

Rob Hulse, Jamie Mackie, and Kieron Dyer are absent through injury.

Possible line up:

Murphy

Orr - Gorkss - Perone - Connolly

Faurlin - Vaagan Moen

Ephraim - Buzsaky - Andrade

Hewitt


Player to watch: Hogan Ephraim

Hogan Ephraim joined permanently in January 2008 and originally looked a real prospect after impressing on loan. Since then, Ephraim has struggled to maintain a level of consistency, partly down to the managerial roundabout associated with QPR before Neil Warnock`s arrival. Under Warnock, Ephraim has featured regularly and at times shown glimpses of the ability many believe he possesses. On Saturday, Ephraim came off the bench to replace Tommy Smith and in the short time he was on the pitch, played a blinder, tracking back excellently and linking the attack neatly. Ephraim should get the chance to impress tonight and I would back him to get on the score sheet.

Rochdale Team News:

Steve Eyre will hand Pim Balkestein his first start tonight. The former Ipswich defender joined on loan from Brentford this summer. Balkestein replaces Neil Trotman who is suspended.



Possible line-up:

Lucas

Darby - Balkestein - Holness - Widdowson

Thompson - Jones - Tutte - Adams

Akpa Apro - Grimes


Player to watch: Ashley Grimes

Ashley Grimes has been identified by DanielQPR as the player to watch ahead of Tuesday`s match against Rochdale.

To read his comprehensive review of the strikerClick Here >>>

The Stat Attack

LAST FIVE

Queens Park Rangers: WWLLW
Rochdale: LWDDL

HEAD 2 HEAD

Queens Park Rangers: 1
Rochdale: 0
Draw: 1

LAST TIME OUT

Third Division (Old) - 20/04/59
Loftus Road

QPR 3
Rochdale 0

Ref Watch:

Referee: Mr O Langford
Assistants: Mr W Atkin & Mr G Russell
Fourth Official: Mr L Collins

Oliver Langford is the match official for Tuesday`s game. Last season Langford issued 78 yellow cards and 4 red cards in 35 games.

To read more see: Ref Watch >>>

Match Prediction:

Memories of the Port Vale game last season spring to mind ahead the match tonight. I expect Neil Warnock to field a side full of youth and reserve players and if it results in QPR being eliminated from the Cup, then I wouldn`t be too disappointed. I think everyone is in agreement that the Premier League is the main priority this season. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how players such as Bruno Perone, Petter Vaagan Moen perform and if youth teamers like Bruno Andrade and Antonio German can impress, providing they`re selected.

For sentimental reasons, I`d like Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands to be given a chance to impress Neil Warnock or for the sake of their careers, potential suitors before the transfer window closes. Rochdale will be heading to Loftus Road with the sole intention to cause an upset, and I think they stand a very good chance against what is essentially our reserve side. However, the Dale will need to be wary over QPR fringe players looking to give Warnock a selection headache.

2-0 Home Win. Ephraim and Perone to score.

Next Up

Who:Wigan

Where:DW Stadium

When:27/08/11 - 12:30




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:Tuesday August 23 2011

Time: 11:26AM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

Everton Fixture Changed (Friday February 27 2015)

QPR - The Walking Wounded Injury List (Friday February 27 2015)

Hull Edge Out Ten Man QPR (Monday February 23 2015)

Stats: Hull City v Queens Park Rangers (Saturday February 21 2015)

Hull City v QPR - Match Preview (Friday February 20 2015)

The Men in Black - Hull City v QPR (Friday February 20 2015)

Who R Ya - Hull City (Friday February 20 2015)

Ramsey Appointment Confirmed (Friday February 13 2015)

Phil Beard Announces Departure (Friday February 13 2015)

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 49
2. The Uncredibale Hulk 29
3. Ashdown_Ranger 20
4. Superhoop50 18
5. ImSitiv 18
6. DMD_QPR 17
7. sandydl 15
8. dustman 12
9. rodneeranger 11
10. Bunyip 9

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Hull City 2 - 1 Q.P.R.
Sunderland 0 - 2 Q.P.R.
Q.P.R. 0 - 1 Southampton
Stoke 3 - 1 Q.P.R.
Q.P.R. 0 - 2 Man Utd
Burnley 2 - 1 Q.P.R.

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. WBA 26 6 9 11 -10 27
15. Hull City 26 6 8 12 -10 26
16. Sunderland 26 4 13 9 -14 25
17. Q.P.R. 26 6 4 16 -18 22
18. Burnley 26 4 10 12 -19 22
19. Aston Villa 26 5 7 14 -23 22
20. Leicester City 26 4 6 16 -18 18

Breaking League News

West Ham United v Crystal Palace - Team Line-Ups
» Crystal Palace : 28/02/2015 12:06:00
West Ham v Palace - Team-News
» West Ham : 28/02/2015 11:55:00
Tomkins for England?
» West Ham : 28/02/2015 11:44:00
Swans Fly to Burnley, Boyo!
» Burnley : 28/02/2015 11:21:00
Terry to Kane: You haven't achieved ANYTHING yet!
» Chelsea : 28/02/2015 10:36:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MotM v Hull City
Suggested By:  Admin
Green 24%
Furlong 40%
Ferdinand 0%
Caulker 0%
Yun 0%
Phillips 6%
Barton 6%
Henry 6%
Kranjcar 6%
Zamora 0%
Austin 6%
Doughty 6%
Zarate 0%
Traoré 0%