Saturday sees QPR go up against the Rams. A bit of history in this fixture as we played Derby back in 2014 to seal a fantastic promotion… QPR beat Derby in dramatic fashion at Wembley in the 89th minute when Bobby Zamora curled in a beauty… not to mention we only had 10 men.
Saturday also see’s a hated face around Loftus Road, Frank Lampard. With him charge, QPR fans will see this fixture as a bit of a six pointer.
With the win in mid-week QPR will be looking to build up some form, and what a way to do so playing in front of the Loftus Road crowd. One win isn’t going to be enough for fans as they will want to see big money loanees Hemed and Wells finally step up and score. Hopefully McLaren sticks to the same formation/system as to what he did against Millwall and Reading.
Derby come into this clash having only picked up 4 points from there last 4 games. As much as I hate to say it, for a first season as a manager Lampard isn’t doing too bad. However, Derby have a bit of momentum behind them as they beat Man Utd on penalities nearly a fortnight ago.
Furlong (knee) is unavailable but apart from that all things are looking good ahead of the fixture on Saturday.
Lampards men are all fit ahead of facing Rangers however with Bradley Johnson on four yellow cards he may only play a fringe part of the match.
Head to head:
QPR haven’t beaten Derby in the last four meetings (D1 L3). QPR’s last win against Derby was post the Play-off final when the R’s won 2-0, thanks to goals from Chery and Angella back in 2016.
I will be very hopeful come Saturday however, with the stats shown it looks like three points maybe unlikely. With both teams out of form it could be a scrappy encounter. Hoping for back to back wins but one can dream… COYRS!
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