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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.

Weekend Championship Round up

Games are staring to come along quickly as the Championship rolls on. Readings good form continues as they lead the table. Bristol City remain second but there are just four points between them and 14th placed Huddersfield.

East Midlands Derby

Friday night saw the East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County. It was the 108th meeting of the long time rivals.

The two side were up for this game, Lyle Taylor shot forcing a good save from David Marshall. Marshall’s opposite number Brice Samba was also tested in the first half. Graeme Shinnies curling shot met by the diving hand of the Forest Keeper.

It was Derby who scored first after 30 minutes. Martyn Waghorn’s with a free kick the self-isolating Wayne Rooney would be proud to claim. Waghorn lifted the ball over wall and it clipped the inside of the bar to go in the net.

Derby thought they had won it when some clever footwork from Tom Lawrence allowed him to slide a ball into Jozwiak who found the net. Jozwiak wheeled off in celebration but the assistant’s flag was up. Waghorn in an offside position was deemed to be interfering with play.

Forest Manager Chris Hughton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

“I wasn’t too happy with the first half performance. I thought we needed to be better on the ball and our movement needed to be better against a team who were happy to defend in a really good shape”.

After seeing his side second goal ruled out Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

“I don’t see any offside. The goalkeeper reaches for the corner where the shot goes, so the view is not blocked. The frustration is quite big here”.

Reading Go Five Clear

Championships leaders Reading won their sixth game of season clinically beating Rotherham 3-0. Reading took the lead towards the end of the first half though Yakou Meite.

The striker doubled the home side lead on 74 minutes, with an overhead kick. From a corner he control the ball with his chest before performing an overhead kick into the top corner of the net. A good win was finished in stoppage time with a Lucas Joao penalty.

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic said:

“What we saw in our team was the consistency of getting the job done, doing your job for the team. You also have to be patient, have a strong mentality and not get frustrated if our game plan is not working. And don’t ever give up”.

Rotherham drop to 18th place and manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“We were away from home against top of the league and had lots of possession in the first half and we were the only side that played on the front foot. We passed the ball really well without creating enough clear cut chances and obviously for them to score the first time they were in our box was a massive sucker punch”.

Mepham Saves a Point

Late drama as Chris Mepham’s 94th minute goal saved a point for Bournemouth. Watford had lead since the 12 minute from Stipe Perrica’s first goal for the club.

Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly was lucky to only see a yellow card for his poor challenge after just two minutes. Lunging in late on Ismaila Sarr catching the Watford player above the knee.

Watford’s goal came after Sarr’s ball across the box from the right was met a sliding Perrica who simply directed the ball into the net. Ismaila Sarr had the chance to make it too but his shot was stopped by a strong right hand from Asmir Begovic.

Begovic kept his in it again saving from Quina before quickly pushing the ball away from Pedro. Bournemouth pressed for an equaliser but found resilient Watford defencing and a in form Ben Forster.

Josh king saw his late header turned over the bar by Forster. However Bournemouth got their reward from the corner. Forster punched the ball away but the return ball in the box was turned in by Mepham.

The draw means Watford stay in 3rd and Bournemouth 4th.

Away Wins

There were away wins For Blackburn (4-0 v Coventry), Luton (1-0 v Sheffield Wednesday) and Preston (2-1 v Huddersfield) on Saturday.

Coventry were reduced to 10 men after 14 minutes with Michael Rose receiving a straight red for a push in the box. Adam Armstrong scored from the spot. Armstrong got a second after 49 minutes getting on the end of Brereton’s though ball. Harvey Elliott made it three on 62 minutes assisted again from Brereton. Rovers wrapped up a fine display with a fourth on 88 minutes from Sam Gallagher.

Sheffield Wednesday remain bottom after a 1-0 home defeat to Luton. Wednesday’s Joost van Aken saw red for a reckless high challenge. The hatters took advantage of the extra man to get the win with Pelly Ruddock scoring on 74 minutes.

While they can’t win at home Preston are still unbeaten on the road. Frazier Campbell’s 8th minute goal gave Huddersfield a half time lead. A curling effort from Alan Browne levelled the game on 51 minutes. Just two minutes later Browne found the net again. This time looping a soft punch from the keeper back into the goal. Naby Sarr got a red card for pulling down Riis Jakobsen.

Stoke up to 8th

Stoke stormed into a 3-0 lead after an hour. A free head for Steven Fletcher after nine minutes, was followed by a James McClean low shot into the near post. On the hour mark Tyrese Campbell made it three cutting inside to the edge of the box and curling a shot into the far corner. Brentford pulled two back thanks to sub Marcus Forss but Stoke held on to take their unbeaten run to seven games.

Norwich got their third straight league win after beating pointless Wycombe 2-1 at Carrow Road. Timo Pukki gave Norwich the lead early on. Scot Kashket got the goal that got Wycombe level after some poor Norwich defending. Wycombe may have thought they had their first championship point but there was late drama. Mario Vrancic 91st minute free kick went straight into the top corner with the Wycombe wall seamingly rooted to the floor. Adam Idah was shown a red card for appearing to push Joe Jacobson to the floor.

Warnock Returns

Middlesbrough left Cardiff with a point on Neil Warnock’s first visit to Cardiff City Stadium since leaving the Bluebirds. It was a classic Warnock display from Boro’ who set out early to slow the game and frustrate Cardiff. The visitors took the lead with George Saville’s header lopped in the Cardiff goal. Cardiff took the game to Boro in the second half but could not find the final touch. Their hard work did get them level with Sheyi Ojo second goal since signing from Liverpool.

Jamal Lowe smashed in on 51 minutes to give Swansea the lead at Ashton Gate. It was his second goal for Swansea. Putting it in off his left foot turning towards goal. Bristol City equalised from a Nahki Wells penalty. Conner Roberts judged to have brought down Semenyo Antoine just inside the area. A soft penalty but dispatched down the middle with power from Wells. The result sees Bristol City remain in second and Swansea in 6th.

At The Den two goals in two minutes at the end of the first half saw Millwall and Barnsley share the points. Alex Mowatt stunning volley from the edge of the area gave Barnsley the lead. Just a minute later Jake Cooper rose above everyone else to head home for Millwall.

A goalless draw at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium as QPR met Birmingham City. Scott Hogan did find the net for City but was ruled offside. QPR are 16th while Brimingham are 17th.

The championship rolls on to Tuesday and Wednesday again this week with Blackburn hosting leaders Reading and Bournemouth v Bristol City as the stand out games.