Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers

14 Aug

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was in the Cardiff side the last time the Bluebirds beat the Hoops in 2008


QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was in the Cardiff side the last time they beat the Hoops in 2008

BBC coverage

How to follow:
Listen on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Cardiff City midfielder Stuart O’Keefe is a doubt after injuring his arm in Thursday’s EFL Cup defeat by League One side Bristol Rovers.

Peter Whittingham, Anthony Pilkington Lee Peltier, Lex Immers and David Marshall could all return.

QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will check on defender Joel Lynch, who was forced off in midweek against Swindon Town with an abdominal problem.

Rangers’ summer signing Ariel Borysiuk (ankle) remains sidelined.

Analysis

BBC Radio London’s Murray Burnell:

“QPR couldn’t have asked for a better start to the campaign against Leeds. As they look to shake off the frustrations of last season, a confidence boosting victory was much-needed.

“But Loftus Road isn’t where they’ve struggled in 2016. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side won just once on the road in the Championship after taking charge last December.

“Beating Leeds at home is one thing, but maximum points at Cardiff would be a real statement of intent.”

Match facts

  • Cardiff have drawn three of their last four home league games against QPR, having last beaten them in January 2008 (3-1, with goals from Joe Ledley (2) and Paul Parry).
  • Hoops boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was playing for Cardiff the last time they beat QPR at home, that day in January 2008, at Ninian Park.
  • QPR have kept five clean sheets in their last seven league visits to Cardiff.
  • Cardiff have only lost one of their last 19 home games in the Championship (W10 D8).
  • QPR’s Sebastian Polter’s goal against Leeds last weekend ended a run of eight league games without scoring.

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