Qpr v Cardiff Championship Preview

Cardiff look to continue their good away form as they visit London Saturday to face Queens Park Rangers. A team without a win since the opening round of the Championship. That opening day win over Nottingham Forest remains their only win, with four draws and three defeats. Cardiff come in to the game on the back of three 1-1 draws, but both of their wins have come on the road.

Last season meeting saw the Hoop’s humiliate Cardiff 6-1. Cardiff manager Neil Harris said at his press briefing that he hoped for a different outcome. Rangers will look forward to the visit of the Bluebirds having won the last three meetings between the side at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. Cardiff have not won at the ground since a 1-0 win in 2010.

Team News

Mark Warburton spoke about Lee Wallace during his pre match briefing saying:

“He’s out on the training pitch, there was some bruising but we’ll see how he is tomorrow”.

Bright Osayi-Samuel may also feature in the fixture (having missed the Barnsley game due to contract negotiations) vs Cardiff with Warburton saying:

“He trained very well today and we’ll see how he is for the weekend”.

Robert Dickie will, however, miss the game though suspension after his red card against Barnsley.

Neil Harris was positive about Harry Wilson, after the Liverpool loanee missed Cardiff trip to Derby.

At his press conference, Harris said:

“Positive developments. No muscle injury, just a hip impingement, which has come from the big spike in minutes he played in the first week”.

Saturday’s game may be too soon for Wilson but Harris expects him to be ready for next week at the latest. Filip Benkovic played 79 minutes for the under 23’s in midweek, whilst it is unlikely Lee Tomlin will be ready.

Managers Thoughts

Warburton has called for his team to be angry and respond against Cardiff. Speaking at his press conference the QPR manager said:

“We’ve had a bad fortnight and we can’t do that. You can talk about Bournemouth and being unlucky not to get all three points; irrelevant. The table doesn’t lie.

“We know what we face Against Cardiff – a very good team and a very physical test – and we have to make sure that we roll our sleeves up and deliver a performance”.

With a demanding run of games for Championship side Warburton talked about how a bad run of results could be costly. He said:

“That’s how it is, such are the demands of this schedule. We’ve had two very disappointing weeks and when the games come at you every three or four days, you can’t have periods like that because it costs you”.

Neil Harris, meanwhile, is wanting consistency both in his team selection and during the game from his players. Speaking to the press this morning he said:

“Consistency in team selection would be nice but with the amount of games we have got we can’t use the same team continuously.

“You want continuity because you want the team to get in a rhythm”.

Between the schedule and Covid testing, Harris says that is affecting his team selections:

“The injuries, ever-changing moments of Covid tests, nervousness around that, its always changing.

“It’s being dictated to by injuries and less than three days between games. Its challenging at the moment. I’d like to pick a settled team”.

Key Players

Defender Yoann Barbet will be in a battle this weekend with Cardiff’s strong set piece play. He will need to be on his game in aerial duels as Cardiff will look to play direct in to Kieffer Moore.

Sheyi Ojo has looked better and better every game and has two goals and an assist this season. Game time is proving good for the 23 year old who has been one of Cardiff’s best players in recent games.

Prediction: Queens Park Rangers 1 v 2 Cardiff City

Cardiff are proving had to beat and have a good record this season away from home. This will be a close game and hard fought but Cardiff should have the extra quality to take the three points back to Wales.

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