QPR v Preston

19 Aug

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s QPR lost at Barnsley on Wednesday

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

QPR defender Joel Lynch (abdomen) remains sidelined while midfielder Ben Gladwin (ankle) will be assessed.

Defender Grant Hall serves a one-match ban after being sent off in the defeat at Barnsley in midweek while Jamie Mackie (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

Preston are one of just two Championship clubs yet to collect a point this season, the other being Blackburn Rovers.

Defender Paul Huntington (abdominal strain) is a doubt for North End.


BBC Radio London’s Emma Jones: “QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was clearly frustrated with their 3-2 loss at Barnsley in midweek, saying the decisions of referee Darren Bond had turned the game into the “Wild Wild West”.

“Given Preston’s slow start to the Championship season, the Dutchman will be confident his side can return to winning ways at Loftus Road and regain their momentum.

“Hasselbaink is still keen to add to his attacking options before the transfer window closes, but says the R’s will be priced out of a move for West Brom winger Callum McManaman.”

BBC Radio Lancashire’s Phil Cunliffe: “Some Preston fans have started to get twitchy but, despite being pointless, there have been signs of improvement in the past two games.

“The post-Joe Garner era began with defeat by Derby on Tuesday but North End were unfortunate to lose and in Callum Robinson they have a young forward eager to fill Garner’s sizeable boots.

“Simon Grayson is planning to use the Garner cash to plug gaps in his squad but, ever the pragmatist, he’ll use any surplus to sign up his established players on longer contracts.

“In the meantime, Grayson and the fans will feel a whole lot better should they emerge from Loftus Road with a hard-earned point, as was the case last season.”

Match facts

  • QPR are unbeaten in their last six league games with Preston, though four have been draws (won two).
  • Preston have lost four and drawn two of their last six league trips to Loftus Road since a 2-0 win in November 2005.
  • QPR have won six of their last eight home league games (drawn one, lost one), keeping clean sheets in five of those victories.
  • Preston have lost their opening three league games for the first time since 1989-90.
  • Tjaronn Chery has scored a penalty in each of his opening three Championship games for QPR this season, as well as one in the penalty shootout in their League Cup game with Swindon.
  • Callum Robinson is the only player to find the net for Preston in the Championship this season so far.


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