Date:Friday September 27 2013
QPR host Middlesbrough this Saturday at Loftus Road, as the promotion-chasing Super Hoops look to continue their unbeaten start to the season. Their opposition, Middlesbrough have struggled this season, winning only once, which incidentally came on the road. Tony Mowbray`s men have not won in their last six, drawing five (L1), which suggests they could be hard to beat but lack the confidence to win. Rangers on the other hand are as steady as a rock at the moment, keeping six consecutive clean sheets. Indeed, the R`s have already edged five matches by just a single goal, which indicates the belief in the camp is high, even when matches have been tightly contested affairs.
If Rangers are able to recall the likes of Junior Hoilett and Niko Kranjcar to the side, then there`s a strong possibility they will score more than one goal tomorrow. Lone striker Charlie Austin has battled admirably upfront and it`ll be good for his confidence that he`s scored a few goals recently. However, the service into Austin has been pretty poor - a few more crosses into the box for him to attack would be ideal. With the inclusion of the aforementioned playmakers, Charlie might find goals easier to come by. Middlesbrough are notably weak from set-pieces, which again bodes well for the R`s as Joey Barton`s corners and free-kicks have been very good so far this term.
Andrew Johnson, Nedum Onuoha and Bobby Zamora are long-term absentees. Junior Hoilett could return but Matt Phillips is a doubt. Javier Chevanton could start.
Possible line up:
So that`s seven games without conceding with Richard Dunne on the field. Says it all. Dunne is the bedrock of our defence and a natural leader, so I`m picking him for the second week in a row because other than Rob Green, he was probably our man of the match against Yeovil. It`s clear to see that Dunne should be playing in the top flight still and it`s a thoroughly enjoyable experience, watching him bully opposition strikers at this level - a defensive masterclass if I`ve ever seen one. Long may it continue.
Former QPR midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma misses out through suspension, as does Rhys Williams.
Possible line up:
The Hoops have kept six successive clean sheets in the Championship and are yet to concede with Richard Dunne on the pitch (seven games).
Middlesbrough have lost 12 points from leading positions this campaign; a league-high.
QPR have conceded just two goals this season; the fewest in the football league (exc. Premier League).
Rob Green (90%) has the highest save percentage in the Championship (min. of six saves).
QPR have afforded the opposition just 81 shots on goal this season; fewer than any other Championship side.
QPR have hit the woodwork 6 times this season; a joint-league-high with Forest.
Middlesbrough : DDLDD
HEAD 2 HEAD
LAST TIME OUT
Championship - 26/02/11
QPR 3 (Helguson x2, Taarabt pen)
Team: Kenny, Orr (Connolly), Hill, Hall, Shittu, , Derry, Taarabt, Buzsaky (Ephraim), Faurlin, Routledge, Helguson (Hulse).
Referee: Darren Deadman
Assistants: Gavin Muge & Ian Rathdone
Fourth Official: Geoffrey Russell
Darren Deadman is the match official for tomorrow`s game against 'Boro. Last season, Deadman issued 120 yellow cards and 5 red cards in 35 games.
2-0 Home Win.
Where: Loftus Road
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