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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.

3 possible replacements if Mick McCarthy leaves Ipswich Town?

  1. Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton is a proven manager who in the long-term, can do a brilliant job in building a club towards where they want to be. Especially at Brentford, who he took from League One to the Play-Offs to get into the Premier League. In Scotland, he got Rangers promoted back into the Scottish Premiership and built the bulk of a side which is doing extremely well north of the border. He did not, however, achieve the expected goals of Nottingham Forest. But if Ipswich decide to let go of McCarthy, Warburton would be an excellent managerial choice.

2. Jaap Stam

After recently being sacked by Reading, Stam is on the lookout for a new job. He knows the Championship well and was incredibly close to guiding the Royals to the Premier League, losing on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off Final. He may not achieve instant success if he were to come to Portman Road but would be able to restart his career and build a squad capable of fighting every team in the Championship and guiding the Tractor Boys up the table.

3. Steve Cotterill

Cotterill has been in football management since 1995, and is extremely experienced in the Championship. He has won the Conference, League Two, League One but not the Championship. This could be his opportunity at a big club, with big expectations. His previous job at Birmingham City did not go as well as expected, but the club was in a dire situation and is still in a relegation battle. At a club with more money, better situation, more quality players, Cotterill could do a fantastic job in guiding Ipswich up the league.

Ipswich Town fans would you like to see Mick McCarthy stay on as manager? If not would you take any of the three names above? Let us know in the comments section…

3 potential replacements for Grant McCann at London Road

Peterborough United last night parted company with manager Grant McCann. The London Road outfit finds themselves 10th in the League One table, but after a run of seven games without a win, the clubs hierarchy decided to act and remove the Northern Ireland international from his role as manager.

We take a look at three potential candidates that could take the Peterborough United hot seat.

Uwe Rosler – After only losing his job as Fleetwood Town manager last week, Rosler could look for a quick return to football. The German assembled a team last season that managed to reach the League One play-offs but didn’t have the same luck this time around, having left Fleetwood just outside the relegation zone.

Despite not having the best of campaigns this time around with the Fylde coast outfit, Rosler could still be seen as the perfect fit for Peterborough as he is used to working with young players and developing them, something which matches part of the Peterborough philosophy of nurturing non-league talent.

Mark Warburton – A potential outsider for the job and another manager without a club is Mark Warburton. Having previously had spells with Brentford, Rangers and most recently Nottingham Forest, Warburton brings with him experience from managing at a higher level.

Whilst at Brentford he took the ‘Bees’ from League One to the championship winning 17 of his 27 games along the way, showing he knows exactly what is needed to get a club promoted from English footballs third tier.

Danny Cowley – The current Lincoln manager continues to develop and improve the club. Following promotion from the National League last season and a terrific FA Cup run, Cowley has guided the ‘Imps’ to eighth place in the League Two table so far this season.

Cowley could be seen as a potential replacement to Grant McCann due to his success at Lincoln, but I’m sure both the Lincoln board and fans will fight to keep him at Sincil Bank.

Peterborough fans who would you like to see as your next manager? Let us know in the comments….

Mark Warburton should look to sign this former Premier League defender

Nottingham Forest have been in good form at the start of the Championship season, winning 3 out of their first 5 games. 

After a summer which saw no fewer than 12 new faces arrive at the football club, it is clear to see that manager Mark Warburton wanted to put his own stamp on the team and bring in players that would benefit his style of play.

So far picking up 9 out of a possible 15 points, the players have bought into the managers way of playing and are proving to be a success on the pitch, but one side of the game which is letting the club down is defensively as they have leaked 8 goals already this term.

Having the worst defensive record out of the top 6 clubs, saw Warburton head into the loan market and sign Adam Federici from AFC Bournemouth on deadline day, to help bolster the ranks and bring in a goalkeeper who knows the league having played at Championship level with Reading.

The club have plenty of choices within their defensive ranks as they have the likes of Jack Hobbs, Matt Mills and Michael Mancienne available for selection at centre half, but after conceding an alarming number of goals early on in the season the club should turn to the experienced Kolo Toure.

Kolo Toure – The former Ivory Coast international who has won 2 Premier League trophies and 4 FA Cups in his career, was released by Celtic at the end of last season after not being offered a new contract, leaving himself looking for a new club.

Having played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, Toure certainly knows the English game well and from his career accolades shows he has had success in the Premier League and also the Scottish Premier League at Celtic.

This winning mentality and vast of amount of experience could be what Nottingham Forest need to make sure they gain at least a play-off spot this season and also to helped them improve defensively.

Nottingham Forest fans would you like to see Kolo Toure at the City Ground? Would he improve your defence? Let us know in the comments section…